Artist Jim Siergey to exhibit ‘It’s Surreal Thing’ at Towle Theater

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Jim Siergey

Inked imagery exhibit opens January 11, continues through March 8

Above: Original inked image by Jim Siergey

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HAMMOND, Ind. (January 1, 2020) – South Shore Arts in Northwest Indiana presents “It’s Surreal Thing” at the Towle Theater beginning January 11 and continuing through March 8, 2020. The exhibit, featuring the inked imagery of Jim Siergey, opens on January 11 and 12 as part of the theater’s 2020 Season Previews.

Siergey is well-known in the underground art scene, and his comic strip “Cultural Jet Lag” ran for 20 years in many alternative press publications. Siergey first encountered surrealists Magritte, Dali, Tanguy, Ernst, DuChamp, and Man Ray on a grade school field trip to The Art Institute of Chicago. “These Surrealists became another perverse influence on my young life,” says Siergey. “I had already been tainted by TV viewings of the anti-establishment antics of The Marx Brothers and Bugs Bunny—how could I be expected to look at anything logically or take anything seriously ever again?”

Original artwork by Jim Siergey

Before moving to Munster, Indiana, in 2018, Siergey lived in Chicago working as an illustrator, character animator, and cartoonist. His portfolio includes gigs for Time magazine, USA Weekend, The Field Museum, TV commercials, educational films, and an animated “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” 7th-inning stretch video for the White Sox Jumbo-Tron. Paperback books, bubble gum cards, greeting cards, and art gallery exhibits are other places where his work can be found. Since moving to the suburbs he has exhibited his work at the Promise You Art House in Highland and the Paul Henry Studios in Hammond as well as in group shows in Griffith.

Original artwork by Jim Siergey

Opening receptions are scheduled for Saturday, January 11, from 7:00–9:00pm, and Sunday, January 12, from 1:00–3:00pm. An Artist Reception for “It’s Surreal Thing” will be held Friday, February 21, from 6:00–8:00pm, prior to the Opening Night performance of Towle Theater’s production of “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End”.

The Towle Theater is located at 5205 Hohman Avenue in downtown Hammond, Indiana. For information about the gallery, or to view the exhibit by appointment, call 219-937-8780.

Artwork by Jim Siergey