Because Hollywood is there, common sense would have it that California film students don’t graduate and then leave for Lawrence, Kansas. But this is one way in which Alec Joler, a film student from Oakland who grew up in Lawrence, stands out. Even more eye-catching are his dynamic, noisy collages, which lift images from popular culture and newsprint to produce pictures depicting the comic, the digital, the famous and the infamous. And the horrific: One of his best, “Mars Venus,” features yellow-jumpsuited scientists cleaning up biological toxins. Joler is also something of a filmmaker, and with his small film company, EasyAction, he has created several shorts and a feature-length thriller titled Suspension.
Joler will have his Lawrence art debut tonight from 7 to midnight at the Blue Dot Salon (15 East Seventh Street). Four TVs will be hooked up to headphones and show short films, along with a trailer for Suspension. Twenty-five collages will be on display. For more information, call 785-840-0407.
Fri., Aug. 24, 7 p.m.-midnight