Take the time this week to see the Hebru Brantley exhibition at Pun(c)tuation on Capitol Hill. In addition to being Brantley's first Seattle show, its also the first showing of "Lions Disguised as Lambs" a powerful new series of images that reference racist cartoons and advertising slogans from Jim Crow-era America in order to create a very contemporary punch in the gut.
Brantley, who blasted out of Chicago as a member of the design studio Molotov Kartel, is a phenomenally versatile young painter and illustrator, gracefully walking the line between graffiti and folk art, drawing from sources as varied as Clementine Hunter, Romare Bearden and Jack Kirby.
The show runs until April 9. Pun(c)tuation is open from 2 – 9pm Monday through Friday. On April 2, avant garde Seattle hip hop crew Black Stax host their CD release party and album listening event with Brantley's show as the backdrop. More here.