Since we first became aware of Chogrin’s work when he curated Bottleneck Gallery’s “It Came From 1984” a few months back, we have kept an eye on work he has produced. His work has a quirky, retro vibe and the colours and images he uses are punchy and vibrant.
Chogrin has just released a fantastic glow in the dark print inspired by Jurassic Park titled: “Bingo! Dino-DNA”, and it is now available to buy from his store.
Earlier on in the year Bottleneck Gallery teamed up with Matt Ferguson for his first ever joint gallery show, ‘Influences’, which was in collaboration with fellow Poster Posse member Marko Manev. Many of Matt’s pieces were in extremely high demand and have sold out through Bottleneck. Next Thursday Matt is giving fans and collectors a second chance to pick up some of these pieces., but be warned, they are only available in extremely low numbers!
We should start this article with the obligatory “hold on to your butts” as Mondo finally reveal the details of the much teased release of John Williams’ iconic Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Jurassic Park, remastered for vinyl with gorgeous artwork for two packaging variations from artist JC Richard and a limited edition vinyl from artist Dan McCarthy (1,000 copies). The vinyl releases will be for sale only at MondoTees.com on June 11, 2014.
Here is what Mondo Creative Director Justin Ishmael had to say on the release:
“Jurassic Park occupies a rare place in the hearts of film fans worldwide. It’s one of the few seminal films that almost everyone can recall seeing in the theater for the first time in perfect detail. It’s a movie that fires on all cylinders – from the amazing sense of adventure, a realistic world of tomorrow, awe-inspiring special effects and of course one of the greatest scores that has ever been created. “There are few films where the experience of watching the film is matched only by experience of listening to it, and Jurassic Park is one of those rare films,”
There will be two editions of the score which sees Mondo continue its commitment to crafting beautiful packaging for scores they love and adds to an impressive collection of vinyl releases that now includes Gravity, Poltergeist, Oblivion, Halloween, Drive, The Omen, Coraline, Paranorman and more with several more releases on the horizon for 2014.
The full track listing for the score looks a little like this:
Yesterday we brought you the exclusive world premier of “Recalling Mars”, one of Marko Manev’s excellent pieces for Bottleneck Gallery’s ‘Inspirations’ exhibit featuring original works by himself and Matt Ferguson. Today we were lucky enough to catch up with Marko’s partner in crime in this exhibit of epic proportions, Matt Ferguson. Matt was kind enough to share a few words ahead of the show which opens this Friday, the 28th of February, at Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn at 7pm.
Firstly, Matt, congratulations on ‘Influences’! It’s great to see yourself and Marko Manev sharing a show and very well deserved. Can you tell us a little bit about what led up to you both working together?
Thanks! It has been a great show to prepare art for. Me and Marko have known each other via the work we do for quite a while now. I think we first crossed paths when we both did poster art for the film Chronicle a few years ago. Even then it was obvious to me that we both had very similar sensibilities and loved the same kind of films and pop culture. I think that Bottleneck Gallery saw it that way as well as it was them who proposed the idea of us doing a show together. I didn’t even have to think about it! YES!
“Shark Repellent Batspray”
11″ x 24″ Giclee, Signed and numbered edition of ’66
The theme of the show is ‘Influences’, when you look at the work that you put together for the show, was there a particular period in time that you felt more inclined to draw inspiration from?
Easy one this, all my art is inspired by things, mostly films, that I loved and obsessed over as a child. The time frame of inspiration is mostly films from the mid 80’s to early 90’s, so when I was about 5-10 years old. There is also some stuff thrown in there that I was exposed to via my older brothers and parents that really had an effect on me, for example Close Encounters was a film I particularly loved to watch with my parents.
16″ x 20″ Giclee, signed and numbered edition of 40
There have been a few pieces teased already, notably the fantastic pieces inspired by Jurassic Park and Batman: The Movie, which both follow a similar tonal theme to your previous Batman pieces for Bottleneck Gallery, what influences have you personally had with your style of art?
I think I am still trying to find a definitive style and my art is always changing and growing. I take influences from all around me but a few things that really had impact are other artists, I just soak it all up.
I like minimalist art and I also really like illustrated posters (Drew Struzan, Paul Shipper etc) but it seems to me most pop culture art is either one or the other of these styles. I want to combine the two, like with my Batman posters, you could say they are minimalist because the ideas and composition are very direct and simple but I also try to render them in an illustrated style often just depicting one scene from the film.
“We Bring Good Things To Life”
16” X 20” hybrid screen & letterpress prints, Signed and numbered edition of 40
You will be heading over to Bottleneck Gallery for the opening night, what are you most excited about?
Meeting the guys and gals I only know from online and emailing. Can’t wait to finally meet Marko and Joe!
SENSEI”, “ME KING!” and DIVE!”
12” X 12” laser cut stencil and spray painted by the artist, Signed and numbered show exclusive edition of 20.
Source: Xombie Dirge
If the fact that Matt has created a HYBRID screen print and letterpress for Batteries Not Included, one of my favourite movies as a kid, he has also raided my childhood memories by producing exceptional artwork inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman: The Movie, Transformers, Flash Gordon and Jurassic Park. As an extra added bonus, and because Matt and Bottleneck Gallery are such fine folk, Matt has created a free screen print for the occasion. “Spared No Expense” will be given away to the first 35 orders placed in person and the first 140 orders placed online. How cool is that?
Free screen print, Signed and numbered edition of 175.
11″ X 24″ Giclee, Signed & Numbered edition of 40
Matt has clearly put a lot of hard work, thought and indeed skill into all of these pieces and it is great to see such a mix of print mediums. There are even a few more to be revealed before the show opens! I certainly can’t wait to get my hands on plenty of these and if your in the New York area, I urge you to go. There is plenty of exclusive show content for you to brave the cold for, plus Matt will be there in person to meet and greet!
‘Influences’ opens this Friday, February the 28th with an opening reception from 7pm until 10pm where Matt Ferguson will also be in attendance. The show will run through until March 23rd at Bottleneck Gallery, 60 Broadway, NYC. There will be an online drop at some point with pieces from the show being available online. For more information, head on over to Bottleneck Gallery’s Website, Twitter and Facebook. Also, make sure to follow Matt Ferguson on Twitter and Facebook, too!
Films are iconic for numerous reasons, whether it is the dialogue, the plots, the characters or the emotional attachment we form while watching them. For some fans though, it is the cool vehicles. Who can forget such classics as Ecto-1, The Blues Mobile and The DeLorean? These vehicles are often characters in of themselves. So recognisable are these tools of transport that just the silhouette of them will bring back memories of the films they starred in.
Kevin Henry knows this and used it to create some incredible poster art based on this concept. These posters just use the bare essentials of the vehicle and the logo of the movie to create a piece worthy of any film fans wall. You cannot help but feel happy for Kevin who came across this style of poster creation almost by accident. Below is an extract from his web page telling us just how this all came about.
My name is Kevin and I guess I’m what you’d call a replica vehicle enthusiast. I’ve got this movie/t.v/replica car club here in town. We have about a dozen members, and back in November I was trying to think of something real fun that I could give them for Christmas to say “thanks for being great.”
Then, out of the blue, a bunch of users on a forum I frequent starts posting some awesome vintage-looking racing posters for classic and iconic cars. Those little posters were so freaking rad that I tried my hand at one and realized that they are really fun to make. As soon as I’d made cars for everyone in the group, people started suggesting other famous movie cars. An here I am now, approaching 60 designs!
I’m not an artist, the last time I ever took a class involving Photoshop or Illustrator was my senior year, 2002. This collection is just a neat little thing that I did for some friends that I decided to make available to the public for fun. If I can sell some posters so that I can take my wife to dinner and go-karts once a month and so that you have a neat little poster in your cubicle or dorm room, then I’d say this site is exactly as successful as I’d expect it to be.
All the posters for sale on Kevin’s site are $10.00 and all posters are based on vintage designs and have weathering texture effects added. They all measure 11″x17″, and are professionally printed on high-quality gloss paper. The link to the website can be found here. Below are some of my personal favourites from his many designs. See if you can guess what films they are all from.
Did you manage to get them all? Don’t worry the website names the posters for you so any you missed you can check out there. Kevin seems like a very laid back guy and I for one cannot wait to see what other designs he has in store for the future. His designs do get retired so if you do fancy purchasing one you may have to do it sooner rather than later. You can pick them up on his website which can be found here.