New Poster Company ‘Grey Matter Art’ Launches With An Amazing ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ Poster By Randy Ortiz

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It’s always exciting to make announcements about new art prints, and especially exciting to make announcements on new poster companies too. Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to Grey Matter Art.

Founded in New York in 2013, Grey Matter Art is a limited edition, studio licensed film and entertainment poster company with many new and exciting projects on the horizon. We aim to take an industry inspired by pop culture, and reinvent it using the techniques that other companies have made successful, but take them to a new level. Our goal here is to bring our unique brand of creativity to the marketplace for collector’s items such as licensed posters, apparel, and other great merchandise. We also plan to be a very active and open contributor to the community and want to include fans and collectors in this process and know that everyone will have a forum to have their voice heard. In the end, we hope to create something special for the collector not only to enjoy, but to look back on and have fond memories of. Understanding how special these pieces of art are to collectors, we will put the utmost care and professionalism into packaging and shipping your items.

The passion of founders Mike Gregory and Jarod Dobbs is clear, they have a vision and intend to deliver unique and high quality collectible posters. The first of which“Cannibal Holocaust”. Released in 1980 and directed by Ruggero Deodato, Cannibal Holocaust is often referred to as “The most controversial movie of all time” and innovated the found footage style of narrative film making.

 

Grey Matter Art Ortiz Cannibal Holocaust

Cannibal Holocaust Poster by Randy Ortiz

“Welcome to the Jungle”

Regular Edition of 250, Priced at $45.00

Printed by: The Half & Half

Grey Matter Art Ortiz Cannibal Holocaust variant

Cannibal Holocaust Poster by Randy Ortiz

“Welcome to the Jungle” Green Inferno Variant

Regular Edition of 125, Priced at $55.00

Printed by: The Half & Half

Grey Matter Art will be releasing Cannibal Holocaust “Welcome to the Jungle” by Randy Ortiz on Tuesday, April 08th at a random time between 1:00-2:00 PM. EST.

Grey Matter Art have really hit the nail on the head by bringing in artist Randy Ortiz to work on this print, and he has delivered quality in spades. This is what Ortiz had this to say about Cannibal Holocaust…

“I was a somewhat strange kid growing up. I had a morbid curiosity and was incredibly fascinated with the world of underground pseudo snuff cinema. I always kept this to myself and never shared the fact I had bootleg VHS tapes of classics such as Flowers of Flesh and Blood, the Faces of Death series, and Men Behind the Sun. Looking back at these films as an adult, one could argue the disgusting brutal nature of these films in comparison to Cannibal Holocaust are far and beyond, but for some reason it doesn’t feel that way to me. Even after all these years, I still find Cannibal Holocaust to be very unsettling to watch. The incredibly offensive and controversial scenes drape over a powerful message about what we perceive as ‘reality’ in the media and that we should seek truth farther beyond what is presented to us. I feel that message is still important to this day. A film crew fabricating a village slaughter who end up paying the ultimate price is something I wanted to capture in my poster as opposed to doing a rendition of the straight forward “impaled girl” that the film is most known for. I feel going this route pays tribute to the more underlying story Ruggero Deodato wanted to convey to his audience. It’s a crazy film that is definitely not for the majority, but it still is one of the few films out there that has left a lasting, scarring impression on me.” !

Grey Matter Art founders Mike Gregory and Jarod Dobbs kindly took some time out to answer a few questions we had:

Cult Collective – Firstly, congratulations on Grey Matter Art. It’s always exciting  to see a new company on the scene. What influenced you to set up Grey Matter Art?

Mike- Thank you so much for the kind words regarding our  new poster company. We are very excited after months and months of very  hard, but fun work to finally show everyone what we have been working  on. What Influenced us to start Grey Matter Art, is that first and foremost we have a huge appreciation for gig and film poster art, I know it sounds kind of simple, but it’s true. We are both collectors, and it’s great to see what artists are doing, and see how their styles progress with each project that comes out. Aside from that, we really  wanted to see specific properties that either haven’t been done before,  or haven’t been done in while, and give those titles the correct treatment with the proper artists.

Jared- Thanks! With being a huge fan of movies and music, getting into collecting gig and film posters was really inevitable, it really is a great hobby. It integrates everything we love and are passionate about, and we are excited to share that with others. We are proud to represent such an amazing and talented community of artists.

CC- There are a few galleries and online studio’s at the moment, what do you feel really makes Grey Matter Art individual?

Mike-You are right, there are many galleries and online poster companies out  right now, and they are doing some very cool things. I try to go to most and  support the scene as much as I can, but I really believe we are doing  things that are different or have not been done by other companies.  First thing we are trying to do is accommodate the artists as best we  can. You really want the artist to be as passionate about a project as  you are, and with that, you know you are going to see something  fantastic as an end result. We are also working on acquiring some films  that have not been done, and I would love to tell you some of them,  but I probably shouldn’t right now…

CC – On the site it says that Grey Matter Art is wanting to take industry  standard techniques and take them to a new level. Can you give us a hint as to what you have planned?

Mike-Aside from poster art and limited edition apparel, we are going to be doing screenings for select films in and around New York. I think we need something like that in this area, I mean it’s New York, and we barely get any of that around here. We would like to eventually do a couple of galleries and conventions as well. We were also entertaining the thought of some sort of polling on our website. We are always eager to hear fans and collectors thoughts on what they would like to see. We were thinking of possibly getting together a couple of film titles and a list of artists, and they can tell us who they would like to see tackle a specific property.

Jared- A big part of what we want to do is keep everyone guessing what we might do next, and hopefully it is something they wouldn’t expect. We are very excited to start attending conventions and screenings to coincide certain poster drops.

CC – Something that  always excites me is introducing new and upcoming artist, will Grey  Matter Art be giving lesser known artists a pop at bigger titles as well as the big guys?

Mike-We are definitely into the lesser known artists and the up and comers, there is so many talented ones to choose from and we will be giving them a chance to take on some projects in the future.

Jared-We are big fans of the underdogs which we feel we can really relate to. Many artists deserve a chance to do official projects and the more companies doing it the better in my opinion.

CC – Lastly, can you give us a clue as to what we prepare ourselves for and get excited about over the next few months?

Mike-While I can’t get into it now because we need to keep things a bit of a secret at the moment, we will definitely be revealing some projects in the very near future, that I think you will find very interesting.

Jared-One thing about our launch poster I will say, is that it I think it will turn some heads. It will be something that has not been done before, and it is really turning out to be a great piece. And as for the coming months, we will be teasing some pics of our upcoming projects.

 

If that isn’t enough, Grey Matter Art are also proud to announce their partnership with Post No Joes Productions as executive producers of Twenty-four by Thirty-sixa movie poster documentary by director Kevin Burke that we are very excited to see. Co-founder and creative director Michael Gregory, expressed his excitement over the companies first official release and the documentary.

“When we had the idea of signing on with Kevin Burke for his Twenty-four by Thirty-six documentary, we really thought it was a great opportunity to be a part of something so important to the film poster community. Kevin has been great in working with us and keeping us up to date on his travels to meet so many talented artists, as well as some of the best galleries out there doing this too. I think the documentary will cover a lot of different ground and also show the inner workings of what it takes to actually create a film poster.”

The Cannibal Holocaust poster titled “Welcome to the Jungle” will be going on sale at a random time between 1:00-2:00 PM. EST. on Tuesday April 08th. Regular edition posters are $45.00 with a run of 250, and the “Green Inferno” variant will be $55.00 with a run of 125. For more information please visit the Grey Matter Art Website. You can also visit them on Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram. Grey Matter Art will have a few major projects to announce soon with some very talented artists attached, so be on the look out. Also, they plan to have select screenings to coincide poster drops in and around the New York area, and will be announcing the first screening and artist soon as well. Sign up for the newsletter for all future updates.

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