Smart bets: Ron Killian

Local artist Ron Killian, based in Asheville since ’98, says that after a long period of quiet, it’s time to yell loudly. His shout takes the form of a new collection of work with an unusual inspiration: vandalism on a men’s bathroom wall. “Someone had taken a lighter to the plaster,” he writes. “A single shape made by a single flame became the starting point for a series of experiments in applying both open flame and indirect heat to paper to produce images. Some of the works suggest outer space, X-rays, animal and human forms. Some are just plain creepy.” Killian’s exhibition will be on display at Odd’s Cafe (800 Haywood Road in West Asheville), through Sunday, Nov. 9, with a reception on Friday, Oct. 10, 6-9 p.m. Pictured: “Textbook” by Killian

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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