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Grey Matter Art And Kilian Eng Team Up To Take On The ‘Night Of The Living Dead’

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When it comes to producing alternative movie posters based on true cult cinema, Grey Matter Art know their stuff. Having emerged on the scene this year during what seems to be a screen print poster boom, Grey Matter Art have focused on lining up licenses for great properties interpreted by very talented artists.

For their next release Grey Matter Art have teamed up with Kilian Eng for the granddaddy of cult cinema genre’s, the Zombie movie, with an officially licensed poster for George Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead.

 

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Grey Matter Art Reveal Two New Posters For TromaDance 2014; ‘Toxic Anvenger’ By Godmachine Plus We Interview ‘Cannibal the Musical’ Artist Timothy Pittides

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New York based poster company Grey Matter Art recently launched with two fantastic posters for Cannibal Holocaust by Randy Oritz and Escape From New York by Gabz and are now back with their next two releases!

A couple of weeks ago Grey Matter Art teased of not one but two posters for, in my opinion, Troma’s best movies by Timothy Pittides and Godmachine. Now, we can finally reveal these two wonderful posters which we are really pleased to say will be available globally, so us U.K folks can also bag one, too!

Cannibal the Musical Timothy Pittides

 “Cannibal! the Musical” by Timothy Pittides
8 Colour, 24×18 Screen Print, Numbered
Regular Edition of 135
Printed by VG Kids on 100# French Paper

 Timothy Pittides has taken on Cannibal The Musical by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The film, originally titled Alferd Packer: The Musical, was created by the pair while studying at University and released by Troma in 1993. I originally saw this movie around 1998 at the age of 12, just after South Park hit screens in the U.K. I was amazed by it. I had never seen anything so, to be frank, fucked up! It was hilarious. Me and my friends just ate it up. Since then I have lapped up anything by Matt Stone and Trey Parker and recently discovered a similar kind of magic when I saw The Book Of Mormon in the west end.

We recently spoke to Timothy who was kind enough to spare some time to talk about the poster and the awesome vintage style which he adopted for the piece.

Grey Matter Art will shortly be releasing your excellent poster for Cannibal The Musical at this years Troma Dance in Brooklyn. How did you feel when they asked you to tackle Cannibal the Musical?

Mike of Grey Matter contacted me regarding this film before they released their first poster. It was quite a honor that they had me in mind the entire time. I was happy to do it. And to have it debut at Tromadance 2014 is the extra icing on the cake.
The movie was the first by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and later picked up by Troma for release. I remember watching it on a scuzzy copy back in the 90’s. Was the film something’s you personally were a fan of?

You know, I never saw the film until Grey Matter asked me to do the poster! I knew about it but never had the chance to view it. So I immediately ran into the living room and logged into Netflix and hoped it was available for streaming, which it was. I watched it and laughed my ass off. It was even better the second time around. I must have watched it four or five times before I even started the artwork. Brilliant film and it has become a favorite of mine.
Cannibal The Musical is set during the 1880’s in America and your posters style is very befitting of the era and unlike many posters released today, alternative or otherwise. What led you to making this style choice?

The retro parody poster idea was not the first idea at all. When I sat down and began thumbnailing the poster, the original idea was a 12″ x 24″ window panel to give it that old time play feel. When I began to pencil it out, it became clear that 1. the composition was feeling too cluttered. and 2. that the film deserved something better and bigger size wise. I went back to the sketch book and did some research. Being that the film was a parody of “Oklahoma!”I began to look at advertising and posters for that film which would lend itself well to parody. I found a great poster and began to work off of it. I had some much fun doing this. Posters from that time period are so great and vibrant, just pleasing to the eye. I may have to do this retro style again. It was that much fun.
This vintage style seems to be really underused and certainly lends itself to other movies. Would there be other films you would like to represent in this style.

I would love to try and do Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado in this style. Nacho Libre too. As well as some 70’s and 80’s horror films.
When you sit down to produce a poster or print, how do you initially approach the subject and decide on content and composition?

It varies from print to print. It really comes down to tone and story. Certain films are character based, which of course means likeness but other films do not require that. I felt that way about The Exorcist. Sure, I could have done Linda, or the priests, but to me, that is not what the film is about. Which is why I went in the direction I went in. I am trying to stay away from basic likeness collages for future prints. I believe you need to tell a story in the work. Combining both characters and story in one print while finding my own groove is going to be a goal of mine in the future.

Grey Matter art are certainly doing some great work and picking cult properties that often aren’t touched by other companies making them very unique and exciting. What was your experience working with them and will we be seeing more from you at Grey Matter?

Mike and Jared over at Grey Matter are some of the best people in this community. They are fans first. They truly care about the art and the artists who produce it. It is refreshing. They supported me in every direction and decision I made and working with me was one of the best working environments I have been in. Yes, I am a member of their roster and will be doing some more work with them in the near future.
You previously mentioned Desperado and Nacho Libre, for our last question, what would be the one film or property that you have yet to tackle that your are chomping at the bit to do?

The Shining. I have such a wonderful idea for the film that requires no likeness rights at all. Just hope I can translate it to paper.

On the back of his recent solo show at the Flood Gallery in London, U.K artist Godmachine has tackled arguably Troma’s most well known movie, 1984’s The Toxic Avenger. Directed by Lloyd Kaufman, acting under the pseudonym Samuel Weil, The Toxic Avenger spawned three sequels and a television cartoon, Toxic Crusaders. Remember that super catchy theme tune? At one point Arnold Schwarzenegger was lined up to star in a remake by Steve Pink, let’s hope that never transpires!

 

Toxic Avenger Godmachine“The Toxic Avenger” By Godmachine
5 Colour 18×24 Screen Print, Numbered
Regular Edition of 150
Variant Edition: 75/5 Color, GID Layer
Printed By Valhalla Studios On House Natural Paper

“The Toxic Avenger” Glow In The Dark Variant By Godmachine
5 Colour, With GID Layer (Shown) 18×24 Screen Print, Numbered
Variant Edition of 75
Printed By Valhalla Studios On House Natural Paper

 

Both of these pieces will be available at Grey Matter Art table at the 15th annual TromaDance film festival at the Paperbox in Brooklyn, New York on the 27th and 28th of June. Any remaining copies going online on Tuesday, July the 1st between 1pm and 2pm. As a special incentive, Grey Matter Art and Timothy Pittides will also be offering a giveaway for the original 12×12 pencils for Cannibal the Musical.

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Head on over to the Grey Matter Art online store to pick up what is left of their previous releases and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for future print details.

Grey Matter Art And Dave Perillo Team Up For A New ‘Buck Rogers In The 25th Century’ Print, Available Worldwide!

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Grey Matter Art  certainly have hit the ground running these past few months. With their initial Cannibal Holocaust by Randy Oritz, Escape From New York by Gabz and the recently teased Toxic Avenger by Godmachine and Cannibal the Musical by Timothy Pittides, they have had a brilliant start. Some of these posters you can still pick up in their online store

Grey Matter Art have now released details of their next print, an officially licensed Buck Rogers In The 25th Century by Dave Perillo.

Dave Perillo Buck RogersBuck Rogers In The 25th Century by Dave Perillo
Regular Edition: 130/$40.00
Details: 18×24 5 color Screenprint 
Printed By: Seizure Palace
Paper Type: Regular/Cougar Natural

Variant Buck Rogers Dave Perillo

Buck Rogers In The 25th Century Variant by Dave Perillo
Variant Edition: 60/$45.00
Details: 18×24 5 color Screen print with 2 metallics
Printed By: Seizure Palace
Paper Type: Variant/Bright White

The first release in a two part series, this piece by the very talented artist, Dave Perillo will be released on Tuesday, June 17th at 1:00 PM EST. on the Grey Matter Art Online Store and it will be their first piece to be made available worldwide!

Here is what Dave Perillo had to say on working on the piece.

“When I was asked by Grey Matter Art to do a poster for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century I couldn’t be more excitied, especially since it was from the 1980’s series. I have so many fond memories of watching that show, being a huge Star Wars fan like many other kids in the late 70’s, shows like Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers were the next best thing. It was like Star Wars but on TV, this all before I had cable or a VCR so the only way to watch stuff was going to the movies or TV, and being 6 years old going to the movies over and over again wasn’t an option.

The things that really stood out to me about the series was the wicked cool designs of the ships and the great humor that was interjected into the show. Gil Gerard’s portrayal of Buck was great, like a cross between Han Solo and James Bond. I am just so glad I got to create this print and give my self a reason to go back and watch the series again, I hope fans of the show enjoy the print as much as I had working on it.”

The second piece in the series, to be released at a later time, is by the fantastic James White!

Head on over to the Grey Matter Art online store to look at which other prints Grey Matter Art still have available and grab yourself a copy while you still. Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for future print details.

You can also follow Dave Perillo on Twitter, too!

Grey Matter Art Tease Two Exciting New Troma Posters By Timothy Pittides And Godmachine For Tromadance 2014

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New York based poster company Grey Matter Art recently launched with two fantastic posters for Cannibal Holocaust by Randy Oritz and Escape From New York by Gabz and are now back to tease their next release!

Grey Matter Art have just released a tease of not one but two posters for, in my opinion, Troma’s best movies by Timothy Pittides and Godmachine..

CANNIBAL THE MUSICAL TEASE TIMOTHY PITTIDES GREY MATTER ART

 

Timothy Pittides will be tackling Cannibal The Musical by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The film, originally titled Alferd Packer: The Musical, was created by the pair while studying at University and released by Troma in 1993. I originally saw this movie around 1998 at the age of 12, just after South Park hit screens in the U.K. I was amazed by it. I had never seen anything so, to be frank, fucked up! It was hilarious. Me and my friends just ate it up. Since then I have lapped up anything by Matt Stone and Trey Parker and recently discovered a similar kind of magic when I saw The Book Of Mormon in the west end. I am really excited to see the full reveal and can’t wait to speak with Timothy about this.

TOXIC AVENGER TEASE GODMACHINE GREY MATTER ART

On the back of his recent solo show at the Flood Gallery in London, U.K artist Godmachine will be tackling arguably Troma’s most well know movie, 1984’s The Toxic Avenger. Directed by Lloyd Kaufman, acting under the pseudonym Samuel Weil, The Toxic Avenger spawned three sequels and a t.v cartoon, Toxic Crusaders. Remember that super catchy theme tune? At one point Arnold Schwarzenegger was lined up to star in a remake by Steve Pink.

Troma Dance

Both of these pieces will be available at the 15th annual Tromadance film festival at the Paperbox in Brooklyn, New York on the 27th and 28th of June and revealed shortly before. Any remaining copies going online on Tuesday, July the 1st.

Head on over to the Grey Matter Art online store to pick up what is left of their previous releases and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for future print details.

Grey Matter Art Reveal Their Next Release, The First Ever Officially Licensed ‘Escape From New York’ Screen Print By Gabz

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Last month new poster company Grey Matter Art launched with a phenomenal poster for Cannibal Holocaust by Randy Oritz. Reception to the piece was extremely positive with very few remaining over in their online store

Grey Matter Art recently teased their next piece by Grzegorz Domaradzki A.K.A. Gabz  for for John Carpenter’s masterpiece, Escape From New York, with this excellent image which sent the heads of alternative movie poster collectors everywhere into a spin with excitement.  

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Grey Matter Art and Gabz, in collaboration with StudioCanal, have now lifted the veil and fully revealed the limited edition screen print that marks the first time that Escape From New York will get an official poster.

Creative Director Mike Gregory also had this to say on the poster:

“When we had the chance to obtain the rights to “Escape from New York,” I was very excited and honored to have a shot at it. This movie, in my eyes is a true 80’s classic, which still holds up to this day. Snake is such an iconic character, and I wanted to have this movie presented in a way that does it justice. Being this is the first authorized art poster based on the film, there was only one artist in my eyes that I wanted to take on this project, and that was Grzegorz Domaradzki (Gabz). Though most collectors are probably used to his multiple character compositions, I think he did a great job that separates this from his other work, focusing mainly on Snake, when he is injured, and at his lowest. Gabz depicted this perfectly, and we are very proud to have such a great poster to release to the public. People have been waiting for this movie to have an official poster for it, and I think this is the one.”!

 

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Escape from New York – “Call Me Snake”
Artist: Gabz
Regular Edition: 325/ $50.00
Printed By: D & L Screen Printing

Gabz Escape From New York Variant

Escape From New York – “The Name’s Plissken”
Artist: Gabz
Variant Edition: 175/$75.00
Printed By: D & L Screen Printing

Here is what Gabz had to say on working on the piece:

“When Mike Gregory, co-founder of Grey Matter Art offered me an opportunity to work on John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York” I didn’t hesitate much. My main intention was to deliver something a little bit different from what I’ve been known for until now… something less character based more focused on the movie’s atmosphere, and true to the original poster artwork. Being a fan of the original and iconic poster, my print also has post-apocalyptic streets of New York City, gang members, and the majestic Statue of Liberty (or what was left from it) dominating the skyline. Except Snake Plissken, in my version is all by himself: tired, hurt, on the run and fighting against all odds. Perceptive viewers should also notice Snake’s plane crossing the red walls of the New York City prison and the bottom grid which is intended to be a tribute to visual effects used in the movie”.

We also had a chance to catch up Grey Matter Art Co Founder with Jared Dobbs:

“When we first had the opportunity to work on a project with Gabz, “Escape from New York” was a top choice for both of us to tackle. This really seems to fit perfectly into Gabz’s signature style, from the post-apocalyptic feel, to the 80s special effects. He really picked up on every nuance of the John Carpenter classic, and reinterpreted it in a very special way. We are so very honored to bring you this poster, and think everyone will really enjoy it!”

This is such a great poster and Grey Matter Art really are pulling out all of the stops when it comes to the right movies coupled with crazy talented artists. Both versions of the Escape From New York poster will be released on Wednesday, April 30th between 1pm and 2pm EST at the Grey Matter Art online store , where you can also still pick up Randy Ortiz’s Cannibal Holocaust.

Make sure you also follow Grey Matter Art on Facebook and Twitter for future print details. You can also find Gabz on Facebook, too!

Grey Matter Art Tease Their Next Release, The First Ever Officially Licensed ‘Escape From New York’ Screen Print By Gabz

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Last month new poster company Grey Matter Art launched with a phenomenal poster for Cannibal Holocaust by Randy Oritz. Reception to the piece was extremely positive with very few remaining over in their online store

Grey Matter Art are now prepping the release of their next piece which will be for John Carpenters masterpiece, Escape From New York which will be created by rising star Grzegorz Domaradzki A.K.A. Gabz.

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Gabz and Grey Matter Art’s poster marks the first time that Escape From New York will get an official screen printed poster and will come as a 24×36, 6 colour screen print and a variant 5 colour. The piece will be printed by D & L Screen Printing.

Here is what Gabz had to say on working on the piece:

“When Mike Gregory, co-founder of Grey Matter Art offered me an opportunity to work on John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York” I didn’t hesitate much. My main intention was to deliver something a little bit different from what I’ve been known for until now… something less character based more focused on the movie’s atmosphere, and true to the original poster artwork. Being a fan of the original and iconic poster, my print also has post-apocalyptic streets of New York City, gang members, and the majestic Statue of Liberty (or what was left from it) dominating the skyline. Except Snake Plissken, in my version is all by himself: tired, hurt, on the run and fighting against all odds. Perceptive viewers should also notice Snake’s plane crossing the red walls of the New York City prison and the bottom grid which is intended to be a tribute to visual effects used in the movie”.

 

-Gabz

 

This is all very exciting and we can’t wait to see the full reveal ahead of the release on April 30th. Gabz is a truly brilliant artist and Grey Matter Art seem to be choosing brilliant titles to give the poster treatment.

Head on over to the Grey Matter Art online store to pick up Randy Ortiz’s Cannibal Holocaust print while you still can and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for future print details.

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.

 

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Cannibal Holocaust Poster by Randy Ortiz

“Welcome to the Jungle”

Regular Edition of 250, Priced at $45.00

Printed by: The Half & Half

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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.