So much of today’s pop culture art is about the foreground. Actually, pretty much all of it is. That’s where the subject of the image usually resides and artists typically just service that. Which is why James White‘s solo show, Celscapes, is such a breath of fresh air. All the work has a subject, of course, but it’s more about the environment and setting than one particular central focus.
Celscapes opens Friday August 29 at the Bottleneck Gallery, at 60 Broadway in Brooklyn, NY with a reception from 7-10 p.m. It closes September 10. Below, check out a nice cross section of the James White Celscapes exhibit including pieces from Guardians of the Galaxy, The Shawshank Redemption, No Country for Old Men, Predator, The Iron Giant, He-Man, Scooby-Doo and many others. Read More »
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Kids have the dumbest priorities. When I was young, I wanted to ride a BMX bike and skateboard. I’m not exactly sure why but I think it had to do with seeing two ’80s movies that, these days, seem pretty lost to time: Rad and Thrashin’. Each film was made as a reaction to the rising craze of extreme sports that still continues to this day, but neither was particularly successful or memorable. In fact, Thrashin’ is only notable today for being one of the first starring roles for Thanos himself, Oscar-nominee Josh Brolin. I’ve rewatched each film fairly recently and must say, my nostalgia for them wipes away almost all of their considerable flaws. They’ll forever remain in my heart as defining films of my childhood.
Decades later, I’m always excited to find people who share that passion for these films. I’m even more excited when those people are evocative and talented artists with their own upcoming gallery show. Which is all preamble to say we have a very personal, very awesome debut to make for the latest We Buy Your Kids exhibit at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. The artist team of Sonny Day and Biddy Maroney has done posters for a laundry list of films, including several that have never had Mondo prints. One of those is Thrashin’, which you can see below along with the exclusive debut of the We Buy Your Kids Mondo Gallery poster. Read More »
Fernando Meirelles‘ City of God is one of those movies you can constantly turn people onto. When it was released in 2002, it opened to incredible acclaim but many people missed it simply because it’s a foreign language film. Now, if ever asked for a movie recommendation, City of God is at the top of the list.
That interesting cultural niche between critical acclaim, mainstream success and cult classic is why the brand new company, FAMP Art, chose the film to kick off its new endeavor. They’re a New York based screen print company who plan to specialize in smaller films that rarely get attention, both from the mainstream and in the art world. Their first print is by UK artist Dan Norris, who took the visceral visuals of City of God and condensed them down into a single, striking image. Below, check out our exclusive debut of the first FAMP Art City of God poster. Read More »
Who doesn’t love a good infographic? The ability to absorb knowledge, and look at something cool, fit together beautifully. Normally though, when we post stuff like that, it has to do with superhero movies or continuity errors. A new exhibit has almost no links to pop culture, but it’s by two of our favorite artists so we hope you’ll be as interested we are.
The exhibit is called InfoRama and features brand new screen printed infographics by Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong. Both artists are well-known for their work at Mondo, Gallery 1988 and more but this show is at the Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA. It’ll feature 13 brand new pieces based on a variety of technological, scientific and naturalistic topics. Below, we’ve got more info on how the show came to be, some hints of what to expect, and four pieces, including two exclusives, from Whalen and Tong. Read More »
Plain and simple, Dave Perillo‘s art makes us smile. It evokes feelings of childhood wonder with its bright colors, unique layouts and geometric styles. Filter some of pop culture’s most famous properties through that style and you’re left with pieces that represent both fandom and fun.
Perillo has been part of innumerable shows and released dozens of prints through Mondo, Gallery 1988, Acme Archives and many more. But, for the first time, Perillo now has a solo show at Gallery 1988. It’s called Squares 4 Squares and opens Friday August 22 at Gallery 1988 East, 7021 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA. The show takes properties from the world of movies (Back to the Future, Star Wars), TV (Doctor Who, Scooby Doo) and video games (Super Mario Bros.) and compresses them down into squares that can be arranged however you like, or combined into one to tell an almost comic-like story.
Below, we’re proud to exclusively debut a few of the full run of almost 50 prints that’ll be in the show. Check them out below. Read More »
Some of our greatest art has to do with crime. People who commit it, people who fight it, people who study it, these are stories that very easily provide gripping emotion. Innumerable classic movies, music, television and more are based on crime and a new gallery exhibit celebrates it all.
The Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles presents an exhibit called I Am The Law/A Life of Crime opening Friday August 15. Dozens of artists from all over the world have dramatized their favorite movies and television shows where someone either breaks the laws or enforces them. That opens up a pretty wide spectrum, from Sherlock, The Wire, The Blues Brothers, Luther and Hannibal on TV to RoboCop, Lethal Weapon, The Killer, The Godfather, Se7en and Die Hard at the movies. They all are represented plus many more. Below, see just a tiny selection of art from I Am The Law/A Life of Crime. Read More »
One of the complaints many people have about the pop culture poster scene is that the same handful of movies keep getting posters. It’s a valid argument. Massively popular films like Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, The Big Lebowski and Kill Bill do have infinitely more posters than their smaller counterparts. The reasons, though, should be obvious. One, these are very popular films with huge fan bases. The more prints that are released, the more fans who can get them. Second, if you don’t love one artist’s interpretation, maybe another will really strike you.
Two films undoubtedly on that list are Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness. Mondo alone has done about a half dozen posters for Sam Raimi’s trilogy and there are three new ones on sale tomorrow. However, like I said above, these are unique and beautiful takes on the films by artists Randy Ortiz, Richey Beckett and Tom Whalen. Each is radically different from every other take out there and will please fans new and old alike. Look at the new Mondo Evil Dead posters below. Read More »
Most people know and cite Drew Struzan as the greatest movie poster illustrator of all time, but if there were a list of the top few guys, John Alvin would also be up there. Alvin is responsible for over 100 movie posters, some of which have become iconic imagery that we imagine when we think of the classic movies of the last 4 decades. His career began with Mel Brooks’ 1974 film Blazing Saddles. His posters include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Blade Runner, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, The Color Purple, Gremlins and the anniversary posters for Star Wars. Alvin’s last work was on Disney’s Enchanted, released a year before his death after suffering a bout of myocardial infarction.
The Art of John Alvin will be released on August 26th 2014, a retrospective collection of his finest movie poster work, along with previously unseen comprehensives and in progress sketches and commentary from Alvin’s widow. To promote the book, the publisher has released online Alvin’s unused Jurassic Park posters designed for the original Steven Spielberg film. After the jump we’ve collected the best of over two dozen new images released of unused Jurassic Park posters concepts.
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