Every artist has their own distinct style. Some styles are close to that of other artists and make them hard to distinguish. Others are so completely original, you know exactly who it is. Such is the case with 100% Soft, a Los Angeles based artist who makes work with tiny, simple, almost baby-like characters. It’s impossible to see a piece of art by 100% Soft and not know exactly who did it.
Which is ironic considering the topic of his latest exhibit. It’s called Lil Macguffins, which is the Alfred Hitchcock-coined term about an object in a movie that’s important to the story, but wholly undefined. Some famous examples are The Maltese Falcon in The Maltese Falcon, the briefcase in Pulp Fiction or the sled in Citizen Kane.
September 12, the exhibit will go on display at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, New York as part of a three person exhibit with Glen Brogan and Russ Moore. Below, read more about the MacGuffins exhibit by 100% Soft and see a bunch of the art. Read More »
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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 »
Another year, another glow in the dark art show at New York City’s Bottleneck Gallery. Last year’s event drew massive crowds, there to admire pop culture art made with glow in the dark inks, and this year should be more of the same.
When The Lights Go Out 2 opens Saturday March 22 and remains on display through April 9. As is the case with most group shows, a huge number of artists tackled a huge variety of properties. What makes this one different is every few minutes, the Bottleneck team turns off the regular lights and turns on a barrage of blacklights to show the treasures hidden in every single piece.
Below, we’ve got a bunch of work from the show including posters for Preacher, Akira, Spirited Away, Big Trouble in Little China, Despicable Me and They Live. Plus, we’re proud to exclusively debut popular artist Mark Englert‘s piece for the video game Bioshock. It’s a stunning work that must be seen to be believed (that’s just a taste above). Check it all out below. Read More »
Two of the most promising rising artists in the pop culture art world are teaming up for a massive show. It’s called Influences;Marko Manev and Matt Ferguson are the artists; and the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY is the venue.
The theme is basically just films that have influenced not only these two artists, but pop culture as a whole. That means we’re talking very big properties: Jurassic Park, E.T., Predator, Batman, Total Recall, Flash Gordon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many more. Below, check out a small preview of the show that opens Friday February 28. Read More »
This week might have started with the Super Bowl, but it’s ending with a weekend of super art. Five art shows in four major cities open tonight and tomorrow. If you’re a fan of pop culture art, this is like Christmas. Here’s the breakdown.
- Thursday February 6: UnReal Estates III by Tim Doyle at Spoke Art in San Francisco, CA.
- Friday February 7: It Came From 1984 group show at Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
- Friday February 7: The Art of Laurent Durieux at Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX.
- Friday February 7: Such Pixels by Aled Lewis at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles, CA.
- Friday February 7: Adventure Show by Nicole Gustafsson & Meghan Stratman at Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.
We’ve already written about each of those shows at those above links but, below, we’ll once again give you the info and feature a few new pieces from each show. Read More »
1984 was a great year for blockbuster cinema. Like, a ridiculously good year. The Terminator, Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Beverly Hills Cop, Gremlins, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Police Academy, This is Spinal Tap, Revenge of the Nerds, Purple Rain, The Karate Kid, Splash, and Red Dawn were all released. All those films and more are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year and the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY is having one big bash in their honor.
It’s an art show called It Came From 1984 and it opens February 7. Artists from all over have interpreted films from 1984 in all kind of media and, below, you can catch a glimpse. Read More »
Sometimes an artist comes up with an idea and rides it to greatness. Think Scott Campbell and his Great Showdowns (Link here for context). It’s a simple, clean idea that can be adapted to almost any movie. Mike Mitchell does something similar with his Super and Just Like Us series’ too. Same for Olly Moss’ Paper Cuts. These are all incredibly talented artists with distinct styles who develop a special way of immortalizing pop culture and choose to do it again and again.
Artist Cuyler Smith has found his own niche. A few months back, the Northern California based artist began doing pieces of famous pop culture figures in a unique, medium shot. It was unique because it goes from the upper thigh or waist to the middle of the face. No eyes or hair. These paintings quickly sold out at Gallery 1988′s Judd Apatow and Bad Robot shows and now, Smith has taken the idea and developed it as a full gallery show.
The show is called Cut Short and it opens Friday August 9 at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn NY. Well over 100 different characters from the world of TV and movies have been “cut short” and, after the jump, you can see just a small sampling of the affordable, original art. Read More »
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East Coasters jealous of the pop culture insanity happening in San Diego this weekend have a pretty great option themselves. The Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY is currently exhibiting a show called Where Is My Mind? which is filled with art based on psychologically complex films. What does that mean? Well the show’s title gives one example: Fight Club. But also stuff Pi, Cloud Atlas, Apocalypse Now, Seven, Memento, Inception and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Check out a few of the images below. Read More »