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Except for Leonardo da Vinci -- who was clearly a mutant – artists aren’t known for their brains. Van Gogh had that little ear disaster, Rothko slit his wrists, and Warhol had an IQ lower than Koko the Gorilla. Painter Colin Chillag sees that stereotype as a license for total creative freedom. “Nobody expects an artist to know much of anything,” says Chillag. “Some of [my] paintings don’t contain a single accurate piece of information.”

Meet Chillag and check out his latest “science-based” works at an artist reception at Pravus Gallery. Pieces in the solo show range from a tongue-in-cheek take on an evolutionary chart to the surprise hit Rape of the Neandertals [sic], which Chillag describes as like “those GEICO commercials where the caveman can’t get any respect, except in my version he is violently sodomized.” Ouch.

Fri., Oct. 17, 6-10 p.m., 2008


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