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 »
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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 »
Where can you see a ton of beautiful, officially licensed Hellboy art this weekend? How much did The Amazing Spider-Man 2 make at midnight screenings Thursday? Want to see some awesome Electro concept art from the film? What are The Avengers and NASA doing together in Times Square? Which two characters got new Sin City: A Dame to Kill For posters? What would it take for Matt Damon to play Aquaman? Want to read Kevin Smith‘s thoughts on the 75th anniversary of Batman? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. 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 »
For decades, Stephen King‘s words have conjured up images to captivate and terrify millions. This weekend, artists will bring those images to life. The Hero Complex Gallery presents King For a Day, an art tribute to the work of Stephen King. It opens Friday March 21 in Los Angeles and remains on display through April 6.
While the show spans all the mediums of King’s eclectic career (books, television, movies) we’re chosen just a few of the movie-related pieces to highlight. That means The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, The Shining, The Green Mile, Misery and more. Check them out 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 »
When you think of filmmakers who build unique, vast worlds, five that certainly come to mind are Guillermo del Toro, Terry Gilliam, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and Ridley Scott. Which is why the Hero Complex Gallery chose those five men as the subjects of Imagined Worlds, their latest exhibit at the Los Angeles based art gallery. Dozens of artists from around the world have chosen some of the filmmaker’s films to interpret through their own vision, creating a unique blend of creativity straddling the line of fandom and homage. The show opens Friday January 17 and remains open though February 2. Check out some images below. Read More »