Jim Blanchard

“It’s leftovers…sort of like cleaning out the fridge.” That’s how local artist Jim Blanchard describes the work he’s showcasing through January 31. He’s being far too modest about the various cartoons, decals, and “tattoo flash” (i.e., the design templates) on display next to his large-scale paintings. The former Fantagraphics art director and inker for Peter Bagge’s Hate comics is heavily influenced by pulp magazines, mug shots, and vintage record covers. The resulting exhibit, “Eyeball Fatigue,” is filled with blindingly bright and zany attention-getters. Visitors who like what they see should peruse Beasts and Priests (Fantagraphics, $9.95), which collects more than ten years’ worth of his graphic design work—including eye-popping portraits of Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, and Ron Jeremy. ERIKA HOBART

Jan. 12-31, 11 a.m., 2009

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