Joss Whedon is the king of cult t.v. His shows have trailblazed their way across genres and demographics, creating characters you can identify with despite their fantastical situations and environments. Not to do the bloke a disservice, his movies have been bloody great, too!
This is something that those pop culture art pioneers at Gallery 1988 obviously understand as their latest show is dedicated solely to the work by the great man himself. “A Joss Whedon Art Tribute” opens this Friday, September the 5th, at G1988 (West), 7-10 PM. Read on for more info and a few previews!
Over their past few gallery shows, Gallery1988 have featured the cute and nostalgic work of artist Joey Spiotto. With his work having become increasingly popular, Gallery1988 East will tonight open “Storytime”, Joey’s debut solo show. “Storytime” will feature almost 50 new pieces inspired by his favourite movies, TV shows, musicians and video games, all done in the cute style of children’s book covers and classic vinyl covers.
Joey will be in attendance at the gallery opening reception tonight at Gallery 1988 East L.A and the show will run through August 16th. Take a look at a few pieces from the show below and see if you can guess which shows, movies or games inspired them.
San Diego Comic Con is in full swing and if, like me, you are sat at home swelling with jealousy, here is a choice selection of what those lucky, lucky nerds will be able to pick up this weekend.
As you would expect, Mondo are basically owning the con from a poster perspective, and with good reason. Having already released their plans for a toy line last week, which you can see at SDCC, Mondo are slowly releasing a series of awesome posters including this fantastic poster for Pans Labyrinth which Jock and Guillermo Del Toro teamed up at the Mondo booth to sign!
This Friday Gallery1988 is proud to open “The Art of Character,” a new solo show from artist Jeff Boyes. Over the past 10 years Jeff has developed an illustration style that shows his heritage in lino-cuts and screen prints with his prints having a lot of similar line-work to lino-cut prints but with the bright bold colours of a screen print.
It’s fair to say that Scott C’s ‘The Great Showdowns’ are pretty popular. Having already spawned two awesome books and numerous galleries, Scott’s style is simple, unique, fun and yet completely inimitable. Recently Scott did an amazing piece based on AMC’s Breaking Bad called “Upon The Mount” which featured on Talking Bad and sold out minutes after it went on sale.
Scott C and Gallery 1988 have since announced via Twitter the next in The Great Showdown galleries, “Revenge Of The Great Showdowns”
Ever since Gallery 1988 announced back in January that they would be doing a Ghostbusters touring gallery celebrating the movies 30th anniversary, we have been excited to see each and every piece produced for the shows. The tour kicked off in New York on April the 19th before moving to L.A on May the 17th and opens in Chicago this Friday night at Rotofugi, 7pm while 10pm. Tomorrow Gallery 1988 continue with their series of online releases with a piece by Joshua Buddich, easily one of the best of the show.
Joshua Budich, one of the most humble and talented artists to emerge over the past couple of years, has produced this fantastic piece
“They’re Here To Save The World” By Joshua Budich
24×36 Inch Screen Print, 150-200 Approx Online
A little while ago, Joshua was kind enough to take the time to answer a few of our questions on the piece, which impressively comes with full likeness rights by each of the key actors including the sadly departed Harold Ramis.
How did you feel when Gallery 1988 asked you to work on a Ghostbusters piece?
Ghostbusters has always been one of my favorite, and most memorable movie experiences of my childhood. I remember getting the “nod” from my parents, after they had pre-screened Ghostbusters for any questionable content, too racy or frightening for my virgin eyes. Then getting to stay up late to watch it! So, when 88 asked me to participate in this show, I of course jumped at the chance.
Your artwork is applauded and loved by fans for the character likeness and composition, how do you decide what your posters should include?
I knew going into this project that obtaining likeness sign-off from any of the actors I portrayed in the print would be a challenge. So, I had to let the composition dictate who to include, and who unfortunately had to be cut. I do this little exercise every time I create a character-based piece like this. For me, the print has to tell a story. Some parts of the film, although extremely memorable, have to be taken out.
Last year was a great one for you, where would you like this year to take you with your artwork?
Thanks so much! This year, I promised myself more personal projects. Opportunities to take more time with my work, and to reinvigorate my love for the process of creating these pieces.
earlier on in the year, as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations, Gallery 1988 held a gallery titled ‘The Subtle Art Of Pop-Culture’. Cult Collective favourite Joshua Budich pulled out all the stops and pulled together 12 prints celebrating pop-cultures most recognisable brands titled “Fictional Foods”. The set quickly sold out and ow Joshua Budich is offering you a second chance to get hold of these pieces plus 8 fantastic new portraits which will all be available this Friday, June 6th, in Joshua’s online store!
With #1 starting top-left and moving left to right we have: 1. “Oh, my porridge is too hot! Oh, wawawa!” (Insanity Pepper, The Simpsons) 2. “Together at Last!” (Nuts & Gum, The Simpsons) 3. “Precious Venus” (Gummi DeMilo, The Simpsons) 4. “Great twin-suns mornings start with milk!” (Bantha Milk, Star Wars) 5. “Cold banana in delicious brown treat.” (Frozen Banana, Arrested Development) 6. “Funyuns are awesome!” (Funyuns, Breaking Bad) 7. “Ahhh, Dessert.” (Chilled Monkey Brains, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) 8. “You Can’t Drink Just Six.” (Slusho, Cloverfield/Bad Robot Easter-egg) 9. “Skeletor seems to like it. Bottoms up! ” (Dharma Initiative Beer, LOST) 10. “For children with very little pocket money.” (Everlasting Gobstopper, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory) 11. “If you don’t eat food from this world, you’ll disappear.” (Sakuma Drops, Spirited Away) 12. “Damn fine cup of coffee.” (Black coffee & cherry pie, Twin Peaks)
Joshua will have 50 each of Ackbar, Marla, Santanico and Ron (our personal favourite) and 100 each of Joan, Arya, Uhura and Diana. These guys are sure to sell out pretty quick as Joshua is renowned for his fantastic likeness and composition. Just check out the wonderful piece he did for Gallery1988’s Ghostbusters show. The only one to have full likeness rights!
Each of the 6″x6 screen prints, with varying number of colours, will be only $10 each and as a bonus, Joshua is also be offering a discount when you spend $60 or more and enter code “6x6Sale”. This will give you 15% off your order. The prints go up at a random time on Friday June the 6th in Joshua’s online store.
Those cosmonauts of pop culture nostalgia, Strange Kids Club, are proud to reveal the first of two limited edition apparel designs inspired by cinematic milestones from the 1980s. Showcasing custom graphics that playfully capture each film in a distinctly offbeat manner, the first t-shirt design, Something Strangefeatures the work of Matthew “Raw Meat” Doyle and will be available for pre-order beginning June 5 at 10:00am CST through June 13th via the Strange Kids Club Online Store.
With the timed release running until Friday June the 13th, their is plenty of time to get your hands on this wonderfully fun t-shirt which will be printed on 100% cotton Gildan shirts (unisex) and will cost $23.
Ever since Gallery1988 announced their plans to hold a Ghostbusters 30th anniversay gallery, we hoped and prayed that there would be a piece by Scott C. Then came the news of the full line up and low and behold, Scott C was up there.
When the reveal came, “Ghostbusterland” was everything we could hope for. Featuring many characters, both main and background, from the film, “Ghostbusterland” paid fantastic homage to my favourite movie using Scott’s inimitable style.
No word came on how many prints would be available and everything went a bit dark. Today Gallery1988 have finally revealed their plans via Twitter!
From the stroke of midnight (EST) / 9 PM (PST) Tuesday, May 27th until Friday night, May 30th at midnight (EST) / 9 PM PST “Ghostbusterland” will be sold as a Timed Release, meaning everyone will have 72 hours to get their hands on it. Once that timeframe is over, this piece will NEVER again be be made available, well, with the exception of ludicrously expensive copies on ebay.
“Ghostbusterland” will be produced as a 16×20 inch, archival ink giclee will come signed and numbered at $70 each and the edition size will be determined by the amount sold during the release.
Personally, I am over the moon that this will be a timed edition. Scott C pieces are notoriously hard to come by and the Gallery1988 Ghostbusters have all sold out quick sharp. This way everyone that wants to get a piece will have the opportunity. Mine will be straight to the front of the framing queue!
Gallery1988 have also revealed a couple of other new pieces for the L.A leg of the show including a great comic panel style piece by Matthew Skiff as well as pieces by Jason Marz and Oliver Barrett. The traveling Ghostbusters gallery show will open at the Los Angeles, West site this Saturday, from 7-10 PM and run. daily from 11-6 PM (Closed Mondays & Tuesday) through to June 1st and will feature over 70 artists who have all passionately created paintings, prints, sculptures, plush and limited edition apparel, all in celebration of Ghostbusters celebrating the big 3-0.
“Ghostbusterland” will be available from www.Ghostbusters30th.com next Tuesday! Make sure you take time to have a look at some of the other pieces from the show and follow Gallery1988 on Twitter. More information can also be found on their Tumblr
Rap music certainly seems to be engrained in the culture of Gallery1988, co founder Jensen Karp himself used to battle rap under the moniker ‘Hot Karl’ and for a while was signed to Interscope Records. It’s great to see Gallery1988 embracing the culture and have announced it’s newest exhibit, the first Rap Signs show from NY artist Jay Shells. Jay Shells is a street artist who has been featured on The Huffington Post, Complex, Vice in the LA Times, by the Associated Press and within 100’s of other outlets. He picks his favorite hip-hop lyrics that mention street intersections, produces them as official street signs, then places them at the referenced location. If you don’t know about Jay’s prolific work, check out this video:
With over 100 signs being exhibited featuring lyrics by some of the genre’s greatest artist, this event will be truly unique. These signs, and photos of them in their surroundings, will be available for the first time ever with 50 from the East Coast and 50 West Coast.
To make the event even more exciting, Gallery1988 have also announced that rapper Murs, whose lyrics are quoted by Jay for the project, will be hosting the opening reception at G1988 (East) on Friday night from 7-10 PM and will also have a DJ playing featured songs. This is a show you will not want to miss. There is NO RSVP needed to visit this exhibit. This show will run through May 17th at Gallery 1988 East.