By Mark Baratelli
I've been obsessed with Boy Kong since 2012 when I first saw his work hanging inside Tako Cheena. Every piece had a sold sticker on it. OF COURSE IT DID. The work was unlike any other locally-made art I'd ever seen. I bought 2 original Boy Kong pieces at his Play Nice Die Young show. The first piece I bought right when I arrived. After several drinks, I bought a second one. Oops! They each depicted an animal drawn in black and white. The area where the animal's stomach should be was cut out. Behind the cut out you could see through to a gaggle of cartoonishly drawn and colored objects. I bought more over the years because I just. Freaking. Loved It.
Here's some of The Daily City's coverage of Boy Kong from over the years:
Opening Reception - $10 - Friday, August 24, 2018 6:30–8:30 pm City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, the Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art, the Mennello Museum Board of Trustees together with Executive Director, Shannon Fitzgerald, invite you to the opening reception. Tickets are $10. Get them here: bit.ly/ourorlando2018.
Artists Panel - $5 - September 15, 1 - 2 p.m. Curator Katherine Navarro will moderate a panel discussion with the 4 artists as they consider creativity in practice, inspiration, and the stories yet to tell. Tickets: https://squ.re/2LIyS5b