Screenprinted movie posters continued to explode in 2014. I drool over so many posters every year, it’s very difficult to pick favorites. With movies, at least you know what you like and you don’t like. Why something works and why something doesn’t. Physical art is more subjective. Some art just hits people one way and others another. Such it is with pop culture posters. Maybe I love one subject more than another and that makes the art seem better. Maybe the art is absolutely incredible but, if I don’t connect with the subject, it’s harder to appreciate. Long story short, ranking them in any definitive ways seems futile.
That said, we figured it would be fun to at least call out a few of coolest screenprinted movie posters of 2014. Fifteen personal favorites that stand out, for one reason or another, to me. Posters are are beautiful, unique and make me remember their subject in a new, vivid way. Check out my favorite screenprinted movie posters of 2014 after the jump. Read More »
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Don’t let the name “Kung Fu Theater” throw you off. The latest exhibit at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA isn’t explicitly about martial arts. That subject is in there – big time – but this exhibit features Asian films of all action persuasions. The weapons aren’t just feet and fists, but guns, swords, monsters, robots and more. The show opens Friday November 14 and will be online Saturday November 15. Below, you can check out some of our favorite pieces in the show, as well as the exclusive reveal of Craig Drake‘s Princess Mononoke poster which will be available on bamboo. Read More »
James Cameron, John Carpenter, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan & Steven Spielberg. You’d be hard pressed to come up with five names who, over the past few decades, have build better worlds on the big screen. Avatar, Halloween, The Lord of the Rings, Inception and Jurassic Park are just the tip of the cinematic iceberg for that group and, this weekend at the Hero Complex Gallery, they’re paying tribute.
Imagined Worlds is a group show at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA comprised of art based on the films of those five filmmakers. As you can expect, the possibilities are endless with that group and, below, you can get just a small sampling of the work that’ll first be on display Friday October 17, before going online Saturday October 18. Read More »
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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 »
Two popular and collectible trends intersect this week at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles. They are Lego and limited edition art.
The exhibit is called “LEGO Memories (Or a Man-Child’s Recollection of the 80’s Through Lego)” and is the first solo show of artist Dan Shearn. It opens June 20 and remains on display through June 29. Shearn drew dozens of his favorite characters from movies, TV and music of the Eighties as Lego Minifigures. Then those drawings are printed as over 60 different limited edition prints, some of which are a single character, others are multiple characters, some are very well-known, others are super inside and specific.
It’s a pretty fun idea and, below, you can check out a small sample of the work. Read More »
Joe Dante and Roger Corman are two filmmakers with incredibly influential legacies. Corman’s eclectic, fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants style of filmmaking helped educate and launch the careers of everyone from James Cameron and Jack Nicholson to Ron Howard and Peter Fonda. Then there’s Dante, whose twisted sense of humor mixed with childlike wonder helped mold children of the Eighties in ways very similar to Steven Spielberg. Along the way, each gave us a ton of memorable films.
Now, the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles is paying tribute to the films of both filmmakers with a art exhibit and film screening. The exhibit is called Kings Of Cult: An Art Tribute to Roger Corman and Joe Dante and opens May 24 at the Gallery in Los Angeles. Before that, Dante and Corman will be in attendance at a double feature of Dante’s 1993 film Matinee and Corman’s 1964 film The Masque of the Red Death on may 23 at the New Beverly Cinema. Read more about the event, and see some of the art, below. Read More »
For his poster for Michael Bay‘s The Rock, poster artist Patrick Connan did more than his best. He’s going home to you-know-what the prom queen.
The Hero Complex Gallery will release Connan’s super cool poster for the 1996 action film, starring Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery and Ed Harris on Wednesday May 14. Check out full images of The Rock poster below. Read More »
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Most of you probably didn’t notice, but I took the day off last Friday. Why? Because I was so excited by the artwork of Craig Drake.
Drake’s work should be recognizable to most. He’s got a very distinctive, technical approach that blurs the line between minimal and expressive, with a heavy dash of graphic ’80s style. He places iconic images on a simple, flat background, and makes them explode off the wall. He’s had posters at Mondo, Bottleneck, Ltd. Art and others, but this week marked his first solo show. And as is the case with any artist finally given their own exhibit, he wanted to do something amazing. He succeeded.
Drake’s show, which is on display the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, turns his trademark style up to eleven. Not only is he tackling a ton of popular pop culture properties (Star Wars, Die Hard, Aliens, Cowboy Bebop, Lord of the Rings, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Escape from New York and others), he’s doing so with a newly found depth and passion. Each piece is better and more detailed than the last. Plus, Drake took many of the pieces and blew them up double the size of a normal poster. These “Mega Metals” make the whole show feel like an interactive experience.
Below, we’ve got images of all the art in Craig Drake’s show, which is on display through April 27. Read More »