With Halloween just around the corner, artist’s spooky minds are starting to become horror centric. For his latest Great Showdown, Scott C depicts the classic ‘The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow’ in his own original, cheery fashion!
The name seems to have sprung out of nowhere. A few weeks ago I had never heard of Matthew Therrien, but now it seems he is all over the place. With an EC inspired comic inspired Kickstarter in the works, a Manborg comic book under his belt and producing artwork for the upcoming horror documentary Why Horror? it seems to be a really great time to be Matthew. It is also a great time for art fans, especially if you are of the horror movie variety.
You see Matthew really likes his horror movies and being a horror fan myself I can relate to that. Alas I do not possess the awesome artistic skills that Matthew has in sharing his love of horror to the world via his art. Here is a brief example of his work, but do not worry there is much more to come.
When it comes to old technology it seems that there are really only three uses left open for us when it fails to be of interest to the masses. One is to just discard it, the second is to collect it while the third option is to modify it. It is the third option which interests me the most and it seems French based artist and F.X creator Patrick Massobrio and his partner Nan are equally as interested and by taking an old format and creating something quite incredible. This is VHS Art as you have never seen it before.
Lunchmeat magazine (a fanzine and website devoted to the VHS format and its fans) creator Josh Schafer recently caught up with Patrick and asked him about his reasoning behind using this older form of media as inspiration for his artwork.
I built my cinema culture through VHS. As a kid, I spent a lot of time in video stores renting as many movies as I could. The atmosphere of these stores [and] the art on the boxes are totally unforgettable. I really have a lot of nostalgia for this era. Curiously, I was never able to rent a DVD. To me, all the magic in these stores was gone when VHS were replaced. Disliking, like a lot of people, the wave of unattractive Photo Shopped posters that was becoming the norm for cinema posters and video market, I started painting a poster for an imaginary vintage cheesy horror movie called HELL BELLS. The first incarnation was on canvas, but then, I thought it would be cooler to do another version of it not on but IN a VHS box. So I cut up a hole in it and added some sculpted elements to the initial drawing. Now looking at the box was like seeing the poster art and an actual scene from the movie at the same time. The “VIDEO NASTIES” series was born and we [expanded] it with other genres like Mexican wrestler movies, Bruceploitation, etc.
If you want to read the full article regarding Patrick’s and Nan’s work and their obvious love of the VHS format the link to it is here. Below is a collection of this VHS art for your enjoyment.
VIDEO NASTIES #4: BRUCE LEE VS. UNPLEASANT GOAT. Acrylic. VHS box. 12.5 x 20 cm approx.
“Video-Club Memories 4: Freddy”. Plexiglas. Print on plank. 32 x 44,5 cm.
“Video-Club Memories 1: Michael”. VHS Box. Plexiglas. Print on plank. 32 x 44,5 cm.
VIDEO NASTIES #1: HELL BELLS . Acrylic. Silicone. VHS box. 12.5 x 20 cm approx.
“Video-Club Memories 3: Jason”. VHS Box. Plexiglas. Print on plank. 32 x 44,5 cm.
“Video-Club Memories 2: LeatherFace”. Leather. Plexiglas. Print on plank. 32 x 44,5 cm
VIDEO NASTIES #5: PAC MANIAC. Acrylic. Silicone. VHS box. 12.5 x 20 cm approx.
“Video-Club Memories 5: Winslow”. VHS Box. Plexiglas. Print on plank. 32 x 44,5 cm.
“Video Club Memories 6: Pinhead”. VHS. Nails. Plexiglas. Print on plank. 32 x 44,5 cm.
VIDEO NASTIES #2: RAYMOND. Acrylic. Silicone. VHS box. 12.5 x 20 cm approx.
VIDEO NASTIES #3: SANTO VS. LOS CHIHUAHUAS VAMPIROS. Acrylic. VHS box. 12.5 x 20 cm approx.
“Video Club Memories 7: Snake”. VHS. Leather. Plexiglas. Print on plank. 32 x 44,5 cm.
Now I am slightly biased about this particular art form as I am a collector myself but it is hard to not be impressed by the pieces below. Not only do they have their own character but because of the F.X background they have been created in a way that they manage to leap out of their VHS screens, the 3D style element is superb to look at. The slightly deformed style is unnerving yet incredible to look at. But if VHS is not your thing but you dig the style of the art, then do not worry as they have created other art work which retains that unique style that the above pieces showcased.
“ALIEN VS. TAIKONAUTS 2: Phone Home”. Acrylic. Silicone. 35 x 27 cm. Under plexiglass cap.
“Cartoon Heroes”. Acrylic on Canvas. Resin. 55 x 65 cm.
“Enter the Dragon”. Acrylic on Wood. Resin. 60 x 120 cm.
“Everybody was Kung-Fu fighting”. 15x15cm. Acrylic on canvas & resin.
A Work in Progress.
You can view the rest of the artwork on their Facebook page as well as his website. At this moment in time the art is not readily available and can only be purchased at his galleries. Fingers crossed in the near future however this will change and we will all be given the opportunity to own a tailor made piece of VHS art. It is a hell of a way to keep the medium alive!
Halloween is an iconic trend setting movie that since its inception in 1978 has shocked audiences around the world. Now this fact is all well and good but you may be thinking “this site is about incredible art not movies so what the heck is going on?” Well dear reader you may be interested to know that Fright Rags have combined these two mediums with this incredible Limited Edition Halloween set (limited to 800).
Limited Edition T-Shirt. Full Colour by Justin Osbourn. Printed on 4.5 oz 100 percent cotton shirts.
18×24 Screen Printed Poster. Gary Pullin Design. Printed on 140# French Cover Stock. 100 Glow in the Dark Variants Randomly Inserted.
Judith Myers Resin Magnet by Monte Ward. Prismatic Sticker of Original Halloween Art. Rabbit in Red Memo Pad.
All this comes in a great collector’s box to keep all of the items safe and secure until you need them. The whole package looks too amazing to touch, in fear that doing so would somehow sully the incredible things inside of it. Aside from this set general coolness it is also reduced in price. The retail (minus p and p) is $80.
Fright Rags have done these kinds of sets before and if you like this one then take a look at their Tarman set below from the movie Return of the Living Dead which is also on sale at $87.95 and has just as much attention to detail put on it that the Halloween set does. It comes with T-Shirt and Tarman mask.
Finally to end this article on a high here is the last set Fright Rags have created with Snake Pliskin taking centre stage. This is the Escape from New York set (800 copies). This retails at $57.95.
Limited Edition Full Colour T-Shirt by Justin Osbourn. On Super Soft 4.5 oz 100 Percent Cotton Shirt.
11×17 Replica Film Poster. Replica Offset Print on 80# Silk Cover Stock. Cobra Temporary Tattoo. Sanke Plissken Eye Patch. Prismatic Sticker of T-Shirt Art.
Phantom City Creative have had a tremendous year. Along with their award winning and positively amazing Godzilla poster, Toronto based designer/illustrator Justin Erickson & VFX/fine artist Toronto studio founded by Justin Erickson and Paige Reynolds have had a number of very well received Mondo prints
Tomorrow Phantom City Creative will be releasing via their website the artist proof copies of their brilliant Halloween poster that Mondo released on, well, Halloween.
HALLOWEEN (main) 36″ x 24″ Signed AP edition of 35 (separate of Mondo’s sold out edition). Printed by D&L Screen Printing. $85
These guys go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday December 4th, between 2-3pm EST on Phantom City Creative’s online store. Follow Phantom City Creative on Twitter to keep up to date with their fantastic art and design.