Area Artists Derek Hess & Scott Pickering Collaborate on New Works at the Hess Gallery

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Fri 2/17 @ 5-9PM

 Artists Derek Hess and Scott Pickering emerged from the same local pool, as it were — Cleveland’s underground music scene. Hess, who attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, began booking Monday night concerts at the Euclid Tavern across the street from CIA, when his intense, dramatic, hand-drawn flyers started attracting attention that slowly became international. Scott Pickering was playing drums in what sometimes seemed like half the underground bands in town while also producing his art.

With a mindset forged in the same environment, it seems natural for them to collaborate on a show, although Hess has never worked with another artist before. Their show of collaborative works, Double Dog Daddy-O!, opens at the Derek Hess Gallery at 78th Street Studios during Third Friday. The 25 drawings in the show were each created by both artists, melding their distinctive styles: Derek’s depicting figures in tension with an undertone of despair, Pickering’s loose and playful.

The show is free.

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