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If you ask an artist to tell you about his newest collection of work, usually you’ll get a long explanation of their inspiration, concept, and aspirations. Not Timothy Brennan. Here’s how he describes his new show: “It is an exploration of the artist's creative process while entertaining happy thoughts through random tidbits of awesome.”

“Symptoms of the Systematic” is on display at Practical Art, 5070 North Central Avenue, daily through the month of November. In it, Brennan offers a collection of robots, animals, and other characters of his imagination, created using a process that’s taken him a decade to perfect. He starts with found sheet glass – his coffee table top, for example – and traces his design onto it with a razor blade. Then, he fills in the design with ink in what he calls a “reverse stencil process.”

The process may sound complicated, but Brennan says the point of this collection is simple: “Really it’s just kind of to do awesome shit.”


Fridays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: Oct. 28. Continues through Nov. 30, 2011

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