Mixed media and collage artist Tim Olson wasn’t looking for a pet.
But when he saw a small, mottled kitten run out of a storm drain at a rest stop on the Texas-Oklahoma border, he did what most of us would do: rescue her. He didn’t give her a name, because he was just going to keep her until he could find her a suitable home.
“Yet,” he says, “here she still is.”
After posting a series of fictionalized conversations with the “nameless kitten” on Facebook — in which the tortoiseshell feline sneeringly criticizes Olson’s less-than-lucrative artistic pursuits and pointedly declares, “That Schrodinger was a complete bastard” — Mockingbird Handprints’ Jane Bishop’s interest was piqued. She asked Olson to put on a show, and “Seeing Ghosts” was born.
Olson is displaying a bevy of collages and illustrations featuring the kitten as well as a selection of his other output, a series of deftly shaded bird sketches and minimalistic portraits that often integrate collage and wordplay. The best part? Nameless kitten, who is leash-trained, will be the guest of honor at Thursday’s opening reception.
Free, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 5-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Mockingbird Handprints, 1420 S. Alamo St. Suite 108, (210) 878-5711, mockingbirdhandprints.com.
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