ART: Inside The Wonderfully Brilliant And Twisted Mind Of Undeground Filmmaker Mike Kuchar
A little while back we profiled The Secret Life of Wendel Sampson, a psychedelic gem from the mind of pioneering queer filmmaker Mike Kuchar, who along with his twin brother, George, inspired generations of indie directors, including John Waters and Guy Maddin.
While George was the more prolific of the two, Mike still cranked out a stream of flicks, including A Tub Named Desire (1956), Sins of the Fleshapoids (1965) and The Craven Sluck (1967).
Now Mike has a solo exhibit running at Magnet gallery in San Francisco through the end of the month. “Mike’s Men: Sex, Guys and Videotape!” features the underground legend’s drawings, videos, posters and limited-edition prints from the 1960s to the mid-2000s. “As an illustrator, my aim is to amuse the eye and ‘spark’ imagination,” says Kuchar. “To soothe with sensual lines and excite with color. To create titillating scenes that refresh the soul and put a bit more ‘fun’ to viewing pictures.”
Below, a trailer for Jennifer Kroot’s documentary It Came From Kuchar.