With Halloween rapidly approaching, there is nothing we love more than a good, petrifying film to evoke the spirit of October. This coming Monday October 6th Galerie F release two sets of prints commissioned by the very talented horror buff Brian Ewing inspired by the films that have scared horror fans senseless for decades.
Ewing pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s timeless Psycho and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining with two clever screen prints to be released with Galerie F.
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.
So, here is something new from the Mondo guys, the ‘237 Collection’. Mondo have teamed up with Middle Of Beyond to produce a clothing and lifestyle line consisting of a sweater, cardigan, 6′ scarf, ski mask and two different sized floor rugs all inspired by the movie Room 237, a 2012 American documentary film directed by Rodney Ascher exploring the meaning and themes of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
Available for Pre-Order from today, and running through May 10th, Mondo aim to begin shipping in late August, just in time for the Autumn runway shows. You can see the full collection over at the Mondo Blog and order from their Online Store.
Here is a closer look at that custom die-cut Mondo Room 237 key that comes with the sweaters and cardigans, while supplies last.
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.
Like Etsy before it, Kickstarter is really starting to forge itself as a brilliantly useful tool for independent artists, offering the opportunity to fund the printing of art and gauge the marketplace prior to printing. It also offers pop art fans the opportunity to get hold of great prints without the stress of waiting for print drops or queuing for galleries.
Artist Dave Berns of Hot Damn Arts is currently undertaking his 5th and final Kickstarter campaign for 2013. Dave’s current Kickstarter is for a mixed selection of new pop culture parody screenprints. To offset the considerable printing costs, Dave is making a limited number of each of the prints that are slated for gallery shows in the first part of 2014 available to pre-order via Kickstarter.
“The Dark Side Returns” 8″ x 24″ 4-color Silkscreen in Indigo, Red, Bright Blue and Glow-in-the-Dark inks Edition of 60 on Cougar 100# White Paper.
“Let Him Go!” 9″ x 24″ 4-color Silkscreen in Dark Purple, Red, Bright Blue and Metallic Gold inks Edition of 60 on Cougar 100# White Paper
To make things even more exciting, Dave is offering the 30 lowest numbered copies of each signed print (20 available for individual order & 10 as part of a package deal) as a Kickstarter exclusive for standard pricing with free domestic shipping. Prints individually range from $25 – $40 with pledge packages ranging from $25 – $200 for single prints and multiple print packages.
Many of these prints are being produced for gallery shows to be held throughout the first part of 2014, including ‘Nerdcore’ and ‘Square’ at Ink & Pistons Gallery, ‘Imagined Worlds’ at Hero Complex Gallery and Bear & Bird Gallery.
“Don’t Be A…” 12″ x 12″ 4-color Silkscreen in Dark Purple, Red, Metallic Silver and Metallic Gold inks Edition of 60 on Cougar 100# White Paper
This Kickstarter is a great example of how artists can utilise the service to promote early support of their work, making prints for gallery & art fair sales possible. Dave is also keen to point out that if you’re local to any of those venues, you can buy the pieces in person at the gallery openings, so that your purchase supports both the artist & gallery.
“A Long Time From Now In A Galaxy Not Far Away…” Buck Rogers & Star Wars’ Original Theatrical Poster Parody Mashup Art. Hand-printed 18 x 24 4 color Screen Print in Indigo, Metallic Blue, Metallic Silver & Bright Orange on Cougar 100lb White. First Printing, Limited Edition of 60
“Hail to the King, Baby!” Pop Culture mash-up of Elvis & Army of Darkness.
Limited Edition of 100. Signed & Numbered Standard Screenprint. 4 Color Silkscreen 16 x 20 image area on 18 x 24 Natural Speckle-tone French brand Paper.
To support this Kickstarter head on over to the campaign page and take a gander at what you can pick up. Also, be sure to follow Dave Berns at Hot Damn Arts over at their Website as well as Twitter and Facebook.