BRIDGEPORT — The way Won Kim sees it, the creation of craft beer isn’t all that different from the creation of art.
“It’s the same discipline as far as the creation process. There’s a drawing board, an idea that it starts with. Some kind of vision and then some kind of execution. The discipline and the patience, that’s all one and the same. I want people to appreciate both arts in a sense,” said, Kim, 32, a Wrigleyville-based artist and chef known for throwing artsy, underground dinner bashes.
The worlds will converge at Saturday’s “Under the Influence” exhibit at Bridgeport’s Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St. The show, co-hosted by Maria's Community Bar and Mash Tun Journal, will feature art that’s “inspired by the aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture and society.”
Artists working in mixed media, paint and photography will have work displayed, said Kim, one of the event's organizers. Live painting and silk screening are also planned.
Of course, what’s a celebration of craft beer without the brew?
“I like to have a nice craft beer when I paint, better than a glass of wine,” said Logan Square’s Nathan West. “Libations and art have always gone well together. I guess you could say it’s part of my process.”
West, 30, will be exhibiting “Double Vision,” a 22-by-22 oil painting showing a mirrored image of a woman holding a tulip glass in her hand.
“It has that ‘after a few beverages’ sort of feel,” he said.
The event will feature unlimited pours of beer from expert home brewers and from Revolution Brewery, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Founders Brewing Co., Firestone Walker, Sixpoint Brewery, Duvel and Brewery Ommegang. Food will be provided for a fee by pop-up smoked meat purveyors Flesh for Food.
Tickets for “Under the Influence” are $25 and are available for purchase at Maria’s Community Bar or by visiting this website.