Feb 14 Art

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 »

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Laurent Durieux - Back to the Future Part 2 header

2015 is only a year away but you can have everyone’s favorite 2015 movie on your wall starting this Friday. Laurent Durieux, he of that excellent Die Hard posteramong others, is having his first solo art show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin TX on February 7. We’re delighted to debut one of the many pieces in the show: Back to the Future Part II.

We already knew Durieux, who flew in from Belgium for the show, did The Birds, Forbidden Planet and the first Back to the Future for the show (though that has yet to be revealed) but with this one image, he truly captures the time, place and tone of Robert Zemeckis‘ hit 1989 sequel. Check out both versions of the poster below. Read More »

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“Please take off your shoes at the front door.” Was this a Japanese restaurant or a film screening? A sign with that request was on the door at the Crest Theater in Los Angeles Saturday night as Mondo host their eleventh Mystery Movie. The reason for shoe removal would become obvious seconds later as patrons entered the theater to see “glass” all over the floor. Yup, we were about to watch a 35mm print of John McTiernan‘s classic 1988 action film Die Hard and the glass on the floor was just one of the many surprises the Mondo team had in store, in addition to the poster.

Below, read more more and watch a video from the event. Plus, Mondo announces their latest gallery show, the first solo show of Laurent Durieux, featuring posters for The Birds, Forbidden Planet and Back to the Future. Read More »

Matt Ferguson - Usual Suspects header

In the world of pop culture art, there are a handful of titles that are explored ad-nauseum. Films like The Thing, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Halloween etc. are so revered, there are literally dozens of different interpretations by different artists.

Today, however, we have posters for two multiple Oscar-winning classics that rarely get the pop culture treatment: Casablanca and The Usual Suspects. Check them out below. Read More »

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Ask most people what they know about The Phantom of the Opera and they’re likely to reference the Broadway musical. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of the novel by Gaston Leroux is far and away the best known version of the 1909 story about mysterious man in an Opera House who falls in love with a new actress.

Long before that version of the story hit the stage, Phantom was adapted into a well-received 1925 silent film starring Lon Chaney. That version has recently seen a resurgence because of its connection to the Universal Monsters series, and also a timeless aesthetic which lends itself to gorgeous posters.

Of course that’s where I was going with that, right? Dark Hall Mansion has revealed a brand new poster in their ongoing Seminal Film Series: The Phantom of the Opera by Laurent Durieux. It’s a beautiful and evocative representation of the film and goes on sale next week. Read More »

Jakob Staermose - Star Wars

Every great hero has a great villain, a nemesis that completes their existence. It’s a theme explored in films like Unbreakable and The Dark Knight, and later this weekend will be the centerpiece at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

Their latest show is called Arch Nemesis, and is comprised of works depicting that topic. Some of the work is just of the bad guys, others show both sides, but each takes into account that core idea: “Without evil there can be no good, so it must be good to be evil sometimes.”

The show opens May 24 and remains on display through June 15. Check out a selection of work below, including the exclusive reveal of the variant editions of Laurent Durieux’s Peter and Wendy poster. Read More »

Voltron Transformers

There’s just something exciting about seeing a giant robot kick ass. Growing up in the ’80s, cartoons like Transformers and Voltron were fan favorites because of that very idea. Long before that, Godzilla and the Toho crew fought plenty of giant mechs, and the formula has been exploited in anime, live action television and some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. In projects like Evangelion, Power Rangers, and Pacific Rim, big robots kicking ass is a long-standing tradition.

The Acid Free Gallery in Philadelphia, PA is putting that fact to good use at the upcoming Wizard World ComiCon Philadelphia taking place May 30th through June 2nd. They’ve employed four of the top posters artists working today: Laurent Durieux, Tom Whalen, Kevin Tong and Jesse Philips to make exclusive, robot themed, posters for the event. There’s Voltron, Starscream, Soundwave and the Dinobots. Check them out below. Read More »

Laurent Durieux - Peter and Wendy detail 3

Describing the style of artist Laurent Durieux is challenging. It’s mechanical, but lyrical. Rigid, but whimsical, and still realistic. This interesting cross-section of visual cues makes his work perfect for so many different properties, from The Wizard of Oz or Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, to Buck Rodgers and Jaws.

We’re proud to exclusively debut Durieux’s latest piece, based on the classic J.M. Barrie book Peter and Wendy. You probably know it better as Peter Pan. The Hero Complex Gallery has collaborated with the artist for their next exhibit, Arch Enemies on May 24 and have decided to release this print on a timed basis ahead of the show.

The print is on sale now for a limited time. Find out more about it below. Read More »

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