The best movie posters transport us into their world. In a single image, they sum up the characters, settings and emotions of a two hour movie. Most posters do this pretty easily, with a crucial image or actor from the movie, but others take the long way. For example, by literally mapping out the entire path of every character in a movie in one image.
Philadelphia based artist Andrew DeGraff does exactly that. He watches a movie, hand draws and paints all the locations, then guides each character via a specifically colored line, from location to location. At the end, you’re left with a stunningly detailed representation of an entire movie. Andrew DeGraff maps the movies.
In the past, DeGraff has done this with the Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones trilogy and more. Saturday March 29, he’ll open his second solo show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles called Cartography. This time, he’s mapped out films such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Princess Bride, The Breakfast Club, Alien, The Shining, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Below, see a few of the images from the show and read more about DeGraff’s process.
UPDATE: We’ve added an exclusive reveal of Back to the Future and a hi-res version of Lord of the Rings. Read More »
The history between Gallery 1988 and the show Lost has been well-documented. The Los Angeles art gallery curated not one, but two uber-successful viral art campaigns centered around the final season of the show. Now, ten years since the show’s debut, they’re doing it one more time.
Gallery 1988 and Phantom City Creative have teamed up to do a limited edition screenprint for the 10th anniversary Lost reunion happening at PaleyFest in Los Angeles this weekend. See the full image below. 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 »
UK artist Aled Lewis is a relative newcomer in terms of mainstream pop culture art, but he’s about to become a household name. Previously, he’d done a few brilliant Edgar Wright pieces for Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles (among others) and now the gallery that all but started the craze is featuring Lewis’ first solo exhibit. And it looks insane.
The exhibit is called Such Pixels and will open February 7 at Gallery 1988 West. The first few teases of the show just came online and while I’d normally wait for a few more images before writing about the show, these images are so beyond cool I figured you had to see them. That’s just one above. (From Happy Gilmore, of course.) Below, check out some even more amazing images blending movies and video games. Read More »
2014 brings the 30th anniversary of all films released in 1984 and one of the biggest has to be Ghostbusters. While rumors have continued to swirl about a new iteration of the franchise, Sony has just revealed plans to celebrate the anniversary in another way. They’ve released a list of merchandising partners who’ll be honoring the film with new games, toys and collectibles over the course of the year. And while that’s all well and good, one partner in particular stands out.
That would be Gallery 1988, the Los Angeles pop culture art gallery. They’ll be running a Ghostbusters traveling art show during the year with brand new limited edition screenprints and posters culminating at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. Read More »
Check out the first part of this art preview at this link and some more images here.
Crazy 4 Cult, Gallery 1988‘s signature pop culture art event, is returning to the Big Apple. The show, which got its start in Los Angeles several years ago and has since spawned two books and innumerable imitators, came to New York in 2012 and is coming back on December 13. It’ll remain on display through December 21, so there’s plenty of time to pick up the perfect pop culture inspired piece of art for anyone on your Christmas shopping list.
There is literally something for everyone in this show and it’s so massive, we have not one but two previews of its goodies. In this second preview we have limited edition pop culture art from Back to the Future, Home Alone, RoboCop, Clue, A Christmas Story, Tremors, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and many, many more. Check it out below. Read More »
Crazy 4 Cult, Gallery 1988‘s signature pop culture art event, is returning to the Big Apple. The show, which got its start in Los Angeles several years ago and has since spawned two books and innumerable imitators, came to New York in 2012 and is coming back on December 13. It’ll then remain on display through December 21, plenty of time to pick up the perfect pop culture inspired piece of art for anyone on your Christmas shopping list.
There is literally something for everyone in this show and it’s so massive, we have not one but two previews of its goodies. In this first preview (we’ll publish the second tomorrow) we have limited edition pop culture art from Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Aliens, The Goonies, The Princess Bride, and even some exclusive pieces you’ll only see here on /Film from A Clockwork Orange, Beetlejuice, The Dark Crystal and Pulp Fiction). Check it out below. Read More »
Next week, New York gets a taste of Los Angeles as Gallery 1988 brings their signature event, Crazy 4 Cult, back to the Big Apple. The show opens December 13 and while we’ll have much more on the event in the upcoming days, two pieces in particular deserve to be called out.
They’re paintings by Jason Edmiston, who recently had a solo gallery show at Mondo in Austin, TX. Edmiston captured the climax of Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark with two paintings showing Colonel Dietrich and Major Arnold Toht in the horrific final moments. These works aren’t for the faint of heart, but they will find a place in the heart of any Indiana Jones fan. Check them out below. Read More »
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Spinning movies in artistic, fun ways is what Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo are all about. In 2012, the Pennsylvania artists took art fans on a tour of their favorite ’80s film locations. In 2013, they’re presenting some of their favorite modern films in vintage styles.
The exhibit called Modern Vintage opens at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles on December 6. It’s the second show by the artists, who are best known for the stellar work they’ve done in the past for Mondo, Acme, Disney, Fox and so many more. This latest show is a little less specific than their 2012 Gallery 1988 show in that the pieces aren’t beholden to any 100% specific theme. Movies like Batman, Robocop, Army of Darkness and Blade Runner are simply reimagined in clever vintage styles. That might mean an advertisement, it might mean a public service announcement or maybe something else entirely. Either way, Whalen and Perillo’s signature, colorful art will delight fans who are in on the joke.
Check out an exclusive reveal of several images from the show below. Read More »
The roots of most of the pop culture art companies and galleries out there today can be traced back to Crazy 4 Cult at Gallery 1988. The annual Los Angeles art show has been going on for the better part of a decade and is credited with sparking the imaginations of artists, fans and fellow curators alike to blend art and fandom. These days, there’s a similar exhibit happening almost every single week but Gallery 1988 did it first.
For their latest Crazy 4 Cult, they’ve changed things up a bit. This year is subtitled Say Hi to the Bad Guy, meaning all the art in this year’s show will be of famous movie and television villains. Such as the Ivan Drago from Rocky IV, seen above.
The show opens October 18 in Los Angeles. Below, check out a bunch of art from the exhibit including a slew of exclusive debuts. Read More »