Dallas

Gary Panter

Dunn and Brown Contemporary

Gary Panter is probably best known as the chief production designer for the cult ’80s TV show Pee-wee’s Playhouse. But to a different group of fans, he’s a major artist of the punk second generation of underground comics. His weird, free-associative graphic narratives have been published in books and magazines ranging from the influential comics journal RAW to Riddim, a Japanese reggae fanzine in which the artist’s captions go untranslated (why bother, since they make little sense anyway?).

Panter’s recent show at Dunn and Brown Contemporary included acrylic paintings on canvas, works on paper, and one recently published book. His full-scale art is derived primarily from pages in his numerous sketchbooks, which he enlarges and sometimes colors but otherwise hardly edits. This process results in spontaneous-looking compositions with the feel of something an adolescent Joey Ramone might have

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