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Video games and movies have gone hand in hand for a while. Movies have increasingly looked toward the gaming industry for inspiration and story properties, while video games have become increasingly cinematic as they stress good storytelling along with cool graphics and gameplay. That trend has spread into the art world too, where some of the most popular artists in the movie poster game have begun to make art based on video games.

Nowhere is that better seen than at the Los Angeles iam8bit gallery, which debuts its latest video game centric show on June 7: The iam8bit Entertainment System. Over 80 artists from across the globe have tackled all kinds of popular game properties. /Film is proud to give you a sampling of work in the show. We also have the exclusive debuts of work by artists Olly Moss, JC Richard and the team at Phantom City Creative. Each is probably best known for the work with Mondo or Gallery 1988, but here they’ve each tackled old-school video games with their own unique style and sensibility. Check out their work, and much more, below. Read More »

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Adults of a certain age have a very special place in their heart for Nickelodeon. Not current Nickelodeon, mind you. I’m talking old school Nickelodeon. Shows like You Can’t Do That on Television, Pinwheel, Double Dare, Rugrats, The Ren and Stimpy Show, Doug, The Adventures of Pete and Pete and Salute Your Shorts. All were classic television programs that helped mold the young minds of today’s twenty- and thirty-year olds.

iam8bit has chosen that era as the subject of It’s the shizNICK, a brand new group exhibition opening Friday April 19 in Los Angeles. Below, check out a small sample of exclusive images from the show. Read More »

The world-famous iam8bit Gallery in Los Angeles, California is opening not one, but two incredibly cool pop-culture art exhibits next week, and /Film is proud to exclusively debut some of the art.

“Fast Cards, Rugged Men and Bad Broads” is a solo show by noted illustrator and artist Evanimal (real name Evan Yarbrough) whose works in this exhibit transfer his unique, almost graffiti-like visual style to wood, with subjects ranging from Pulp Fiction to Jaws, James Bond and more.

The second exhibit features the incredibly distinct and unique work of Senor Chips, in a collection called “Hecho en el Norte.” Chips has taken familiar pop culture icons (such as Tron, Nightmare on Elm Street, Beetlejuice, and Big) and re-imagined them in “Day of the Dead” dioramas.

Both exhibits open simultaneously at 7 p.m. October 26 at the iam8bit Gallery in Los Angeles and remain on display though November 11. After the jump, find out all the particulars and check out several images from each show. Read More »

Who hasn’t sat in a classroom with their notebook open, doodling away with a pen, dreaming they could one day sell those drawings as art? Comic book artist Jim Rugg has gone ahead and made that dream a reality. The artist behind indie titles Street Angel and Afrodisiac has an upcoming art show in Los Angeles featuring nothing but ballpoint drawings on spiral notebook paper. However, from that image above, you can tell these aren’t your typical notebook doodles. They’re beautiful pieces of one-of-a-kind art, many of which are pop culture themed.

After the jump, we’re proud to exclusively reveal several movie related pieces from Notebook Nerd, which open May 25 at iAm8Bit. There are pieces from Drive, Total Recall, Pulp Fiction, Bad Lieutenant, Friday the 13th, Sexy Beast and others. Check them out. Read More »

The iam8bit crew was born out of an enthusiasm for video games and pop art, with the iam8bit gallery being most famous for shows featuring fun reinterpretations of video game scenes and icons.

But the group is starting to venture into the world of movies. The last SUPER iam8bit show featured a great many pieces inspired by the documentary The King of Kong, for example. And now the gallery’s new show, which opens tomorrow, is Licorice Flix: Edible Movie Mosaics by Jason Mecier. See some more images and a crazy teaser video below. Read More »

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