- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A Flint artist whose work stirred controversy and was subject to censorship years ago is returning to Flint with “Unfinished Business.”

The art of Scott G. Brooks has been described by critics as “twisted, offbeat, sentimental and disturbing.” It has made its rounds in Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles as well as Europe and Australia.

Through April 21, the gallery “Unfinished Business” is having its stint at Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery in Flint.

“I like when my work promotes discussion,” the Washington, D.C., artist told The Flint Journal ( http://bit.ly/1CerWiR ). “I don’t like controversy.”

But that’s exactly what his work gave rise to the last time he displayed it in Flint.

It was all because of the papier-mâché sculptures of half-humans, half-animals with breasts.

In the summer of 1990, Brooks was preparing to include this work in an art gallery at Citizens Bank when bank officials told him he could not display the sculptures due to their potential to offend the public.

“The main thing is these things are supposed to be fun, not erotic,” Brooks told The Flint Journal in June 1990. “They’re made for people to get a grin.”

This time around, Brooks said, he thinks the art he will be displaying is a lot milder, but admits that it still has a “surreal, dark” feel with influences from comic books, science fiction and current events.

Brooks first began drawing and painting seriously as a student at Mott Community College in Flint. He earned an associate’s degree in art in 1980 before graduating cum laude from the University of Michigan.

He has never forgotten the influence of his professors at Mott.

“They guided me to where I am today,” he said.

Brooks said he was invited to return to Flint after a 25-year hiatus by his first drawing professor at Mott, Thom Bohnert.

The gallery will include 24 pieces, mostly paintings and drawings, that are “outside of the mainstream,” Brooks said.

The gallery is located in the Visual Arts and Design Center on the Mott Community College main campus in Flint.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint

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