Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Convict and a Boy – A Graphic Novel by Kenney Mencher

Tracy, Calif. – The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts presents two new exhibitions, titled

The Convict and a Boy – A Graphic Novel by Kenney Mencher
and

I Don’t Get It – Ceramics by Bruce Cadman.

These exhibitions are on display from May 28th through July 16th, 2016, in the GWF Energy and Souza Galleries. An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, May 28th from 12 to 2 p.m.

A Gallery Talk with both artists will be held on Saturday, June 11th, from 12 to 2 p.m. Mr. Mencher will be featured as Artist-In-Residence from Wednesday, June 15th through Saturday, June 18th. The residency will culminate with a Comic Drawing Workshop on Saturday, June 18th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

City of Tracy
GRAND THEATRE CENTER FOR THE ARTS 715 Central Avenue Tracy, CA 95376 MAIN 209.831.6TKT (6858)
FAX 209.831.6271
www.atthegrand.org

The exhibitions, Opening Reception, Gallery Talk, and Residency are free and open to the public. The Workshop costs $10 for Tracy residents and $12 for non-residents. The Convict and a Boy presents drawings and watercolor paintings by Bay-Area artist, Kenney Mencher. This unique and immersive exhibition will fill the Energy Gallery with numerous original works created for the publication of a graphic novel. Black and white images will be installed in a narrative sequence with video animations.

The story features two characters, a young boy and a middle-aged convict/business man, who travel though a series of surreal landscapes on a meaningful journey. Mencher explains, “These two linked characters – a boy and a business man-turned convict – move through surreal places such as mazes, submarines and outer space. The entire project is told without dialog or the thought bubbles common to comic books. Instead the viewer is allowed to use their imagination to interpret the meaning of the story in a variety of ways.”