Using felt and thread, Billy Kheel builds soft sculptures and wall hangings. His approach plays with the concepts of masculine vs. feminine and folk vs. academic in relation to artistic process and intent. By using craft techniques to explore typically masculine subject matter, Kheel’s work is influenced by the impact of shifting gender roles on culture. Regardless of the subject of a given series, a sense of humor and warmth runs throughout his work. This is Kheel’s first exhibit with Black Book Gallery. Kheel has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work has been featured in Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, KCRW’s Design and Architecture and KCET’s Artbound.