It is undeniably the Stanley Kubrick was one of the most influencial filmmakers in modern cinema. His movies transcend genres. Spoke Art clearly understand the impact that Kubrick has had and in their latest gallery exhibition, a selection of artists honour the filmmaker.
“KUBRICK – An art show tribute to the films of Stanley Kubrick” opens September 6th (6PM – 10PM) and is on view until September 27th. Over 60 artists have collected to re-imagine their favourite characters, scenes and thematic concepts from one of the world’s most prolific directors.
There are many filmmakers who have produced one or two masterpieces in their careers, but it is a rare thing for them to produce consistently critically acclaimed, commercially successful and just damn exceptional movies. Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers are an exception to that rule.
As a celebration of their phenomenal careers, Spoke Art have brought together 60 exceptionally talented artists to interpret their favourite scenes, characters and movies from the filmmakers back catalogues for their upcoming exhibition, ‘Quentin Vs Coen’.
Stephen King is easily one of the most prolific writers of our generation. With nearly 5 decades of productivity under his belt, King’s work spans genres and themes. To celebrate such creativity, Hero Complex Gallery will be holding “King For a Day”, an art tribute to the full body of works by Stephen King, opening this Friday, March 21st, from 7-10pm and running through until April the 6th.
Hero Complex Gallery have gathered a huge selection of exceptional talent from across the globe for the show, which will be donating a portion of all proceeds to Stephen King’s charity of choice, The Haven Foundation. The Haven Foundation are a non-profit service that serves to benefit freelance creatives of all types who have found themselves unable to work due to disease or accident, a truly worthy cause!
Chris Skinner – “God’s Gunslinger”
David Moscati – “Pet Sematary”
J.P Valderrama – “The Green Mile”
Dan Mumford – “The Mist”
Sam Gilbey – “Stand By Me”
Tom Miatke – “The Shawshank Redemption”
Patrick Connan – “It”
Luke Butland – “Stand By Me”
Florey – “The Works Of Stephen King” Glow In The Dark!
Paul Shipper – “The Shawshank Redemption”
Chris Garofalo – “Pet Sematary” Glow In The Dark!
There will be much more to the show than posters and prints too, with artists designing other collectibles for display and sale like this amazing statue by Blain Hefner for Creepshow!
Head on over to Hero Complex’s Facebook Event Page for more details on ‘King For A Day’ which opens March 21st and runs through to April 6th at their L.A gallery. Expect an online sale of works from the show shortly after opening night.
Spoke Art have a penchant for the irreverent, and none are more so than Director David Lynch. Spoke Art’s most recent gallery show “In Dreams – art tribute to David Lynch” features a dynamic range of artwork influenced by the prolific and innovative films of director David Lynch. With pieces by over 50 artists from around the globe, there is no shortness of talent. Spoke Art say that “Each of the exhibited works evoke the emotional complexities and stylistic ventures of Lynch’s work through a variety of mediums, such as painting, sculptures and limited edition fine art prints.”
Joshua Budich has contributed two pieces to the show “Saint Alia of the Knife” and “The Owls Are Not What They Seem” inspired by Twin Peaks and Dune respectively. Both pieces are now on sale through Spoke Art’s Online Store.
18″ x 24″ Screenprint, Edition of 100, $35
18″ x 24″ Screenprint. Edition of 150. $40
Joshua Budic isn’t the only artist with pieces for sale, oh no. Other participating artists include Cult Collective favourites Cuyler Smith, Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Blunt Graffix, Chuck Sperry, David Moscati, Matthew Skiff, Sam Gilbey and Mat Weller.
“In Dreams – art tribute to David Lynch” runs Saturday, March 8th, until the 29th of March at their San Francisco Gallery. To purchase more artwork, head on over to their Online Store.
Make sure you follow Spoke Art on Facebook and Twitter, too!
There are very few directors whose body of work is as varied, imaginative and visually inspired as that of Guillermo Del Toro, Terry Gilliam, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch & Ridley Scott, something that could also be said of the work included in Hero Complex Gallery’s ‘Imagined Worlds; The Imagined Worlds of Del Toro, Gilliam, Kubrick, Lynch & Scott’
Hero Complex Gallery describe the show as celebrating “the layered tapestries and characters of the preeminent world-building directors, Guillermo del Toro, Terry Gilliam, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch & Ridley Scott!” Needless to say, based on all the work we have seen so far here at Cult Collective, we are thoroughly excited.
In the lead up to the gallery, which launches with an opening reception this Friday from 7pm while 1opm at the Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles, with an online sale kicking off Saturday at 1pm EST, we wanted to not only give you an awesome preview of some of the eclectic work that will be on display, but many of the superbly talented artists were also kind enough to give us a few words on their inspiration behind each piece!
Sam Gilbey – Pans Labyrinth – ‘Your Destiny Lies In Your Hands’
Whilst I considered interpreting lots of movies for the show, in the end I kept coming back to Pan’s Labyrinth, which I think is a masterpiece really. It’s tragic yet also somehow not without hope. In the piece I felt it was important to show Ofelia literally overlapping the three worlds of reality, the underworld, and the in-between twilight world where she sees the faun. Guillermo del Toro talks a lot about the colour palettes of the different worlds in the amazing DVD commentary, so naturally that was something it made sense to make the most of in the artwork. I also put a couple of subtle references into the piece that I hope fans of the movie will spot. The title comes from the Latin that’s carved into the entrance of the labyrinth ‘In you hands (in your decisions) lies your destiny’. – Sam Gilbey
Tim Anderson – 12 Monkeys – “The Army of the 12 Monkeys Factor”
Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys had a huge impact on me when I saw it for the first time back in 1995. For one thing, it was the first sci-fi story I can remember being exposed to that involved time travel without any apparent paradoxes. I was amazed at how the story folded back on itself, without getting muddled up in changing the future or the past while still having a satisfying ending. Growing up outside of Philadelphia, it was also cool to see so many familiar landmarks in such an odd setting. The image of a post-apocalyptic Philadelphia teeming with wild animals has always stuck with me, which is why I took the approach I did to my piece, “The Army of the 12 Monkeys Factor,” for the gallery show. (Fun fact: I named my second-born son “Cole,” partially inspired by Bruce Willis’ character in the film!) – Tim Anderson
Luke Butland – Blade Runner – “Dangerous Days”
[With this print] I wanted to just focus on the environment and the world created by Scott. Using the colour tones, look and feel of the works to create a bold print which would give people a feel of the gritty world within blade runner…… And it’s title dangerous days is a nod to the documentary about making the blade runner world and film- Luke Butland
Twelve Monkeys has always been one of my favorite Terry Gilliam films and the opening scene has always had an impact on me. When I heard about this show I knew immediately that I wanted to depict the devastation from the beginning of the film. The search for answers in a contaminated NY where wild animals roam was very inspiring! – Cuyler Smith
Chris Skinner – Alien – “Interstellar”
One of the main aspects of any Sci-Fi movie is the vehicles. A futuristic, intelligent yet functional vehicle design is one of the key aesthetics of any quality movie and helps the audience to engage with the movie and suspend their disbelief. This is something I have aimed to capture in my pieces for the gallery. All the directors that have inspired this show are known for their visual flare, and this is something that is abundantly, and beautifully rendered in the visuals of their movies. – Chris Skinner
Matt Ferguson – Alien – “Yin Yang”
I have long had the idea of doing a Ripley/Alien Yin Yang. I actually first wanted to do it for another HCG show… Arch Nemesis. Instead I did a Transformers piece for that one. Anyway it has stuck in my mind ever since and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to finally do it. It also ties in nicely with my Bats V Supes and Hobbit/LOTR pieces – Matt Ferguson
Samuel Sho Ho – Pans Labyrinth – “Fauno”
Pan’s Labyrinth was probably one of the first movies to show me the true dualities of light and dark within a fairytale. Del Toro seamlessly weaved together a world that was so enchanting and horrifying at the same time. – Samuel Sho Ho
Chris Garofalo – Blade Runner – Tyrell Replicants
This design and color palette is entirely steel book industrial inspired. I wanted a very detailed, yet graphic depiction to give it a look like it was silver laser etched into metal. – Chris Garofalo
Andrew Swainson – Blue Velvet – “Now It’s Dark”
Blue Velvet is my favourite of Lynch’s films, it left a great impression on me when I saw it at the cinema. This was one of the few times I ever felt truly frightened by a movie. Even though the film is overshadowed by Dennis Hopper’s performance, I wanted to make the character of the night club singer, Dorothy Valens, the main focus. In the film she’s the pivotal character – she’s like a bridge between the visible and the hidden world. I tried to get Frank in in some subtle way but couldn’t get it to work well enough but I figured that anyone who knows the film will sense he’s “there” even if he’s not actually represented.
I wanted to hint at the idea in the film that there is this ‘ugly underneath’ to places but equally to people that isn’t normally on show. So I have Dorothy in one of her nightclub dresses which fades into her blue velvet robe that she wears in the central scene where she is assaulted by Frank. In this scene he cuts part of her robe away so made reference to that revealing a patch of red underneath. The cut fabric can also be seen as flames so there is this hint of a fire raging behind. The title is also taken from this same scene – Frank says it at the beginning and the end of his violent ritualistic assault on Dorothy. – Andrew Swainson
Hanzel Haro – Hannibal – “Bon Appetetit”
I think it is fair to say that the standard of work on show is nothing short of brilliant. There are some really great pieces on show.
Hero Complex Gallery launch ‘Imagined Worlds’ with an opening reception this Friday, Jan 17th, 7-10pm, at the Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D, Los Angeles, CA 90064. Additional hours will run from Sunday, 11am-6pm.
Online sales start on Saturday, Jan 18th at 1pm PST here: http://www.herocomplexgallery.com/collections/imagined-worlds which will be live on Saturday.
I have said it many times on here, Ghostbusters is my favourite film of all time. Period. With 2014 being the 30th anniversary of the first movie (which is actually two years older than me!), I assumed that Sony would have some exciting plans lined up to celebrate.
Well, over the past few days a number of sources have leaked various bits of information confirming that there are indeed some 30th anniversary plans.Total Licensing’s website License Global have reported that Sony Pictures has struck up an exciting deal with Gallery 1988 to create a traveling art show that will feature top artists’ interpretations of Ghostbusters over the last 30 years. Gallery 1988 will be producing licensed limited edition screen prints and posters available during each stop of the tour, culminating in July at San Diego Comic-Con.
Here’s what Greg Economos, senior vice president, global consumer products, Sony Pictures Entertainment had to say;
“This franchise is very important to the studio, and we wanted to give fans new and exciting ways to participate,” “Ghostbusters continues to gain fans and recognition year after year, and we are thrilled to extend the brand through products and events to celebrate this milestone event.”
This is brilliant news. Silkscreen movie poster collectors have been crying out for a great Ghostbusters print for years with no one quite managing to nail ‘The One’. Gallery 1988, however, have a long history of producing great Ghostbusters art pieces and also, whether officially or not, seem to be the only gallery who have produced art with character likeness’. A couple of great examples are the amazing sold out pieces by Sam Gilbey, “Dogs and Cats living together”, and “Who Ya Gonna Call” by Ben Buchet which were produced for ‘Crazy 4 Cult 7’ this year.
It has also been announced that Sony have agreed a number of further Ghostbusters licenses for toys, games, clothing, games and collectibles with the likes of Mattel, Mad Engine, IDW Publishing and Titan Figures. Personally, I am really looking forwar to seeing some more great Ghostbusters toys. The Real Ghostbusters line shaped my childhood and I still have the Venkman and Stay Puft figures on my office desk now!
So who would you most like to produce a Ghostbusters silkscreen movie poster? Which other artists would you like to see featured in Gallery 1988’s shows? Personally, I would love to see a Real Ghostbusters animated series print. Discuss below and we will keep you up to date as we get more news.
In the meantime, while we all wait with baited breath, be sure to follow Gallery 1988 on Twitter for more announcements.
Choosing a ‘top 10’ and ‘best of’ lists is always a challenge. They are massively subjective, very personal to the author and narrowing down the choices can be a pain! Justin Ishmael of Mondo has just posted his carefully considered choices over at the Mondo blog.
Instead, at Cult Collective we have chosen to pick our 10 personal favourite pieces from 2013, as we wanted to carefully reflect on what has been a great year for pop culture art and design. These are in no particular order and we have decided to only pick one piece per artist for the sake of variety.
Bottleneck Gallery – Matt Ferguson’s ‘He Stole My Balloons’. This is a work of art, period. An evolution of the minimalist design it captures the tone and symbolism of the Batman movie and legend in a very effective piece.
Mondo – Phantom City Creative’s Godzilla. This award winning piece is unique to this list as it is for a movie that isn’t even out yet. The image and colours are striking and even though it doesn’t even properly feature Godzilla, you get a definite sense of presence in the extremely clever imagery.
Gallery 1988, Crazy 4 Cult 7 – Sam Gilbey’s ‘Dog’s and Cats Living Together’. It is no secret that Ghostbusters is one of my favourite movies. I have struggled to find a piece that represented the movie both visually and in tone but Sam has done a perfect job with this Giclee’.
The Gaslight Anthem – El Jefe Design’s ‘Never let you down’. Produced for the Hurricane Sandy relief benefit concert, this gig poster captures both the sentiment of the song it represents and the cause it was in aid of. Beautiful.
Mondo Mystery Movie XI – Laurent Durieux’s Die Hard. When this piece first leaked on to the internet Saturday night my thoughts where simply “Wow”. The poster is a lot different to that which people where expecting and we were certainly pleasantly surpried. Laurent has done a great job of capturing the pathos of Die Hard in what to me is the perfect ‘alternative’ movie poster.
Jock’s Batman Letterpresses. 2013 has been a huge year for Jock. His work has been phenominal for both DC and Mondo. This piece narrowly pips his Joker ‘Black Mirror’ piece, which I have a hand finished version framed in my hallway’, because of the care and love that went into producing not only the letterpresses themselves but the stunning envelope, itself a work of art.
Mondo – Jason Edmiston’s Evil Dead 2. I said earlier in the year that this is one of my favourite Mondo pieces of all time and this still stands true. A beautifully rendered piece of art that works so well as a screenprint.
Huckleberry Toys SDCC Exclusive – Tom Whalen Batman: The Television Series Variant. Tom’s style is colourfully retro and is suited no better to this representation of Batman: The Television Series, produced for San Diego Comic Con as a promotionally piece for the DVD release.
Mondo – Olly Moss’ Sightseers Variant. One of the funniest and most surreal movies of the year deserved a striking poster. The retro Yorkshire Dales promotional poster inspired piece works best in the variant edition for me as the colour’s capture the sinister nature of the movie while retaining the desired nostalgic feel.
So there you have it. With only two weeks to go in 2013 it seems unlikely that there will be anything released to knock any of these off of the list. Unless we do get that rumoured Home Alone piece from Mondo. Please let us know your thoughts and choices in the comment section below.
This week we have seen a bombardment of previews, teases and tastes of what will be on display at Gallery 1988’s 7th ‘Crazy 4 Cult’ show in New York this coming Friday. Like Joshua Budich’s The Princess Bride print, ‘Is This A Kissing Book’, we had to give this next piece its own article as it is so bloody awesome!
Behold, Sam Gilbey’s Ghosbusters inspired print ‘Dogs and Cats Living Together‘
‘DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER’ FOR GALLERY1988’S CRAZY4CULT 7 NYC EXHIBITION, 18” X 24”, AVAILABLE IN A NUMBERED EDITION OF 40, $60.
This year has been a very exciting year for London based Brit, Sam. Having contributed to 10 exhibitions including Gallery1988, Spoke Art, Hero Complex and Art V Cancer. You can see all the pieces Sam has created at this link here, with a few of them still available to purchase from his store.
I am a HUGE fan of this print. It is so active and really captures the energy of the movie as well as the likeness of each of the actors. Theres not a single character missing!
Sam said on his site;
I remember seeing Ghostbusters at the cinema for a friend’s birthday when it was released in 1984. I loved it then, (although I remember it gave me nightmares for quite a while!) and my affection has only grown for it over the years. It still stands up today, with some brilliant performances alongside all the superb production design.
To find out more about Sam’s process and his love for Ghostbusters , head on over to his website. To keep up to date with the work of Sam Gilbey, follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Gallery 1988’s ‘Crazy 4 Cult 7’ will be running Friday, the 13th until December the 21st at 355 A Bowery, New York, NY, 10003. Follow the hashtag #Crazy4Cult on Twitter and Instagram for more sneak peaks from the artists!