Glen Brogan - Itchy and Scratchy Land

You may not know Glen Brogan by name, but his art has likely caught your eye. The West Virginia-based artist has been working for venues like Gallery 1988 and Mondo for years, creating pop culture art in a style that simultaneously unique and familiar. His visuals looks like something out of an animated film, popping with the same kind of vibrancy and cartoonish realism that makes animation wonderful.

Now the artist is finally having his first solo show and /Film is proud to debut a few of the images. It opens Friday May 31 at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles, CA. Brogan has created pieces from all corners of pop culture, television, comic books, movies and more, with topics as varied as Indiana Jones, Batman, The Simpsons, the Domino’s Noid and Smokey the Bear. Check out a small sampling below. Read More »

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Jason Edmiston - Evil Dead 2 header

The two leaders in pop culture art are both releasing excellent new prints on Thursday. First up is Mondo, which is finally releasing an awesome Army of Darkness poster, made by Randy Ortiz for a screening that took place a few weeks back. They’re pairing that with a brand new Evil Dead 2 poster by Jason Edmiston.

Then there’s Gallery 1988, which still has its awesome Bad Robot exhibit on display. With Star Trek Into Darkness coming soon the gallery is releasing a brand new print by Rhys Cooper, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch‘s villainous John Harrison. Check them all out below. Read More »

Mark Englert - Star Trek Into Darkness header
Have you noticed that most of the late night IMAX screenings for the past year or so have been giving out limited edition posters? That tradition will continue, and expand, will the release of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. IMAX is launching a new program called IMAX FanFix, which teams up with talented artists and curators to give fans high-quality, limited edition art. The first poster in the series is an awesome poster by Mark Englert and Gallery 1988, which will be given to fans who attend 8 p.m. IMAX screenings on May 15. You can see a small tease above.

Below, find a link to all the participating theaters, see a brand new clip featuring a showdown between John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and find out how you can bid on a chance to meet  J.J. Abrams at the film’s Hollywood premiere. Read More »

NC Winters - Bad Robot

Movie fans are well-aware what Bad Robot is: the production company of J.J. Abrams, responsible for a multitude of hit TV shows and movies. Among the TV shows are Fringe, Lost, Alias, Revolution and Person of Interest. The films? Star Trek, Cloverfield, Super 8, Mission: Impossible III and soon, Star Wars Episode VII. The company is a powerhouse of geeky goodness.

This week, Bad Robot adds yet another impressive line to their resume: art show subject. Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles has teamed up with Abrams and crew to host the first ever Bad Robot Art Experience. Featuring art by over 100 artists based on all the above films, shows and more, it’s going to be a can’t miss event for art fans and pop culture fans alike.

The show opens April 26 and remains on display through May 18. After the jump, look at more than forty of the pieces in the show. Read More »

Joey Spiotto - Wayne's World

For going on 40 years, the phrase “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” has been a cornerstone of American pop culture. The phrase announces every single episode of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, which has been the breeding ground for such legendary comedians and actors as Jim Belushi, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell and so many others.

Week after week, some of the funniest people in the world create a live comedy show and broadcast it to millions. It’s a hit-or-miss effort that has produced incredible highs, disappointing lows and everything in between. After almost 40 years though, the show has been so consistently influential, we tend to take its existence for granted.

When you think back on all the good memories it’s hard not to get nostalgic. Wayne’s World. The Land Shark. Coneheads. Celebrity Jeopardy. Stefon. The list goes on and on, which is why Gallery 1988 West, the newest location of Los Angeles’ landmark pop culture art gallery, chose SNL as the subject of its latest exhibit.

After the jump, check out a small sample of the work in the show and find out more. Read More »

We’ve got two art shows to tell you about today. One is movie specific, second is more subtle and pop culture centric, both are very cool.

First, tied in with this weekend’s huge new release, Disney is releasing some Oz the Great and Powerful art by Joey Chou at their WonderGround Gallery at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA. The gallery will also have a bunch of props from the film on display.

Next up, Los Angeles’s Gallery 1988 is opening their latest show, Product Placement, on March 9. It features works based on different products in movies and TV. What does that mean? Well how about Dapper Dan in O’Brother Where Art Thou, Oceanic 815 in Lost, Shark Repellent in Batman, Neo Tokyo Customs in Akira, Morrie’s Wigs in Goodfellas and much, much more. Check images out below. Read More »

Every single day, we look at movie posters. Maybe in our bedrooms, at the theater or plastered on a billboard. More and more though, we see movie posters online, both in an official capacity from a studio, or in a more unofficial capacity, through art created by fans. Any while many of these fans go through the proper channels to create this art legally, many others do not. In fact, most others do not.

So where’s the line between making money off a property you don’t own or just paying tribute to it? That’s the main subject of Officially Limited, an in-production poster documentary directed by John Otterbacher. He’s been traveling the country not only documenting the current limited edition pop culture art explosion, but asking some of its most prominent names – Mondo, Spoke Art, Gallery 1988, and several artists – about the industry’s complicated issues such as intellectual property, copyright, licensing, fair use and more.

It’s a fascinating and controversial look at a cool subject and, after the jump, you can see the first trailer. Read More »

You always remember the first moment you fall in love with an artist’s work. The first time you watch a movie or listen to an album and realize, “I’m going to follow this person for years to come.” That moment happened for me with artist Andrew DeGraff on July 9, 2010 at the opening of Gallery 1988′s fourth Crazy 4 Cult show.

In that show, DeGraff had a huge series of pieces featuring the distinctive outfits of each member of The Goonies, all framed around what appeared to be a treasure map. However, the more you looked at the map, you realized this wasn’t just a map. It was the movie. The work featured all the film’s locations linked by dotted lines of how each character weaved their way through the film. It was (and remains) amazing. Since then, the illustrator has done similar work at the gallery for Shaun of the Dead, North by Northwest and now, he’s created some new maps for his upcoming two person show with fellow artist Bennett Slater.

Andrew DeGraff & Bennett Slater’s gallery show opens Saturday January 5th at Gallery 1988 Melrose in Los Angeles and we’re proud to debut DeGraff’s maps for the original Star Wars trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Check them out, as well as some beautiful paintings by Slater, after the jump. Read More »

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