There is a special yearning in the artist known as 100% Soft (AKA Truck Torrence) to make everything small, soft, cute and squishy. Maybe he is doing a sly nod to the child-like nature of his often comic source? His genre is definitely sci-fi, fantasy and action adventure: Big Trouble in Little China, Ghostbusters, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lost, Avengers, Kill Bill and others like it. Hard dramas, deep foreign films and torrid romances don't make it to his art. If it is not wildly pop it is not in his art.
Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles will be hosting a 100% Soft solo show titled "Mass Hysteria" that will run from today until the end of the month.
The artist statement for the show explains why he draws the stuff he does:
Well the simple answer is, I just like drawing cute stuff and these are the movies I love.
I've always loved genre and cult film. I basically grew up watching Big Trouble in Little China and Repo Man on repeat. It's really fun to translate some of those characters into something that is the polar opposite of their foundation but still maintains their characteristics. I think there's something fun about being able to look at some of these drawings and maybe not understand what you're seeing at first, but then realize you're looking at O-Ren Ishii from Kill Bill with her scalp sliced off. I hope this doesn't mean I'm a sociopath.