When youre 6 years old and have an imaginary friend, you get a roll of the eyes and a pat on the head. If youre 30, you get a rubber room and a dose of anti-psychotics.
Luckily for Neil Gillingham, artists get a free pass when it comes to having pretend pals at any age. After reading a few lines of a friends poem, the main character invaded Gillinghams imagination. I started to conjure a picture of a 30-40-year-old man with dark hair and glasses, he explains. From there, I had to construct an entire world for Henry. The result is Gillinghams new Henry exhibit, which features 20 sequential drawings of his two-dimensional buddy that alternate with Zachary Hollis text so visitors can read the story like a childrens book. Whats Henry like? Hes a nutty guy who fiddles around with old tools while questioning his sanity, says Gillingham. Oh, and he thinks there are birds in his head. Straitjacket, please!
Fridays, 5-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Starts: July 4. Continues through July 26, 2008