A fine balance exists between art that is offensive to the senses and art that pushes a viewer into expanding their personal tastes. Ben Stegmann's zine FreezerBurn lacks that balance, careening gleefully between crass and creative from page to page. Offering insight on life's many annoyances, fascinatingly detailed drawings and a healthy dash of cantankerous old-man angst, FreezerBurn is a treasure for any fan of Harvey Pekar's American Splendor and its spiritually grumpy contemporaries. Stegmann's art-destructo fliers, drawings, collages and prints are no laughing matter, either. These extra-curricular works are filled with iconic symbols hidden in layers of black-and-white chaos, and are faintly reminiscent of outsider art. Stegmann's zine art and his fine art will adorn the walls of one of Apop Records' auxiliary rooms (2831 Cherokee Street; www.myspace.com/freezerburnzine) Friday through Sunday (August 7 to 9). The FreezerBurn show opens with a free public reception at 7 p.m. Friday, and art created by Jeremy Kannapell, Josh Levi, Nick Kurple, Melissa DeBus and Sheeran Meatte will also be on display for your viewing (dis)pleasure.
Aug. 7-9, 2009