For those of us that grew up in the late 80’s and 90’s, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles helped define our childhood. Along with other cartoons such as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, G.I Joe (or Action Force, if like me you are British) and Tranformers, TNMT were a institution. TNMT always felt different. Cooler. Unlike the others, they were a bonifide comic and cartoon series, along with a brilliant movie. They were born from something.
Bottleneck Gallery, those New York based mavericks of pop culture art, will be celebrating the Heroes in a Half Shell with a group show dedicated to the different iterations of the TNMT, “Turtles in Time”. Opening tonight, Friday October 3rd, from 7pm-10pm at 60 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249. The entire exhibition will run until October 26th. Take a look at some of the amazing artwork that will be on display by reading on!
As a child I loved the Transformers kids t.v series. Do not get me wrong, I dabbled in Thundercats, The Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles and certainly saw my fair share of Jayce And The Wheeled Warriors. But there was something about Transformers that really got me involved. I mean, transforming robots is something pretty much every child is going to dig, and the odd man children as well. Although my love of the Transformers has certainly waned in adulthood (helped in no small part by those god awful movies by Michael Bay), it has certainly not gone away. The theme tune when played today will get me singing along like crazy!
So it’s a pretty good day when you find someone who not only shares your love of the Autobot’s and Decepticon’s, but has managed to take it to the next level. Now Darren Rowlings collection of transforming robots is definitely something I would watch if it was ever transformed into a movie. Darren’s art collection is called “If They Could Transform” and looks at a wide range of fandom based vehicles and basically turns them into Transformers. This Canadian artist has created his own studio called THINKMORE, which is an outlet for numerous forms of artwork and he still manages to make these awesome pieces of art.
Below is a collection of some of my favourites from the series but you can see the full run of them here.
Over their past few gallery shows, Gallery1988 have featured the cute and nostalgic work of artist Joey Spiotto. With his work having become increasingly popular, Gallery1988 East will tonight open “Storytime”, Joey’s debut solo show. “Storytime” will feature almost 50 new pieces inspired by his favourite movies, TV shows, musicians and video games, all done in the cute style of children’s book covers and classic vinyl covers.
Joey will be in attendance at the gallery opening reception tonight at Gallery 1988 East L.A and the show will run through August 16th. Take a look at a few pieces from the show below and see if you can guess which shows, movies or games inspired them.
Is the wait for the new Star Wars movies just too hard to take? Did you try and audition for a part in the new movies and get knocked back? Or if you live in the UK like myself, is the hot summer weather just burning you up so much you don’t care about anything either way? Well this selection of artwork by Alex Griedling may be just the ticket to cure your woes.
Artist Alex Griendling covers a wide array of different topics on his website. These can be ranging from retro graphic styled art right down to superhero shirt designs. But it is his Star Wars “Hunters” art that first caught our eye!
Now, you may be forgiven for thinking that Mondo only do posters. Up to now that has mostly been the case, with the exception of a few vinyl, VHS and t-shirt releases. Regardless, whatever they turn their hands to, it pretty much turns to gold, especially for a fan like me.
It was the posters that Mondo produced that initially got me into print and art collecting and over the past couple of years that market has flourished. With more and more galleries and poster boutiques popping up it makes perfect sense for Mondo to branch out into new and untapped areas. And they have certainly done that. Mondo have today announced that they will be launching a range of fully licensed toys, initially including The Iron Giant and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
What has four heads, eight arms and a gargantuan appetite for cheese, tomato sauce and sourdough? A radical, radioactive mutant named Turtle Kong! Forget the sewers-these brothers are breaking loose in one of the most “totally tubular” t-shirt releases of all time. Tomorrow, July the 17th, those cosmonauts of pop culture nostalgia, Strange Kids Club, will be releasing for pre-order their next exciting parody apparel product line, designed to give any fan a case of King Kong-sized shell shock.
Mashing up the mighty King Kong and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Strange Kids Club have revealed a limited edition, Full colour t-shirt designed by James Callahan of Barf Comics and a set of six (6) 4″ collectible Circle Jerks Stickers, inspired by some of the mightiest mutant animals this side of the sewers.
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!
So by now we have all accepted that Michael Bay has remade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Reactions as to the redesigned Turtles have been relatively positive, yet there has been a little debate as to why Bay hasn’t stitched Megan Fox into a yellow leather jumpsuit as reporter April O’Neill. That’s screams missed opportunity!
Chad Woodward, the Bath UK based illustrator/designer is also being optimistic. Taking his inspiration from Music, Movies, Video games and comics, it makes sense that he would put together a brilliant visual interpretation of Michael Bays new look, and badass, Shredder.
Based on the incredible new mask of Shredder from the new Ninja Turtles movie, Ive decided to produce my first piece of fan art in a while. Im aware the movie may very well suck but still… heres hoping. – Chad Woodward
You can check out more of Chad’s work by hitting up his Website and Behance page. Chad will also be taking part in Streets Of Beige’s upcoming ’16bit Brawl’ Online Show, which you should really check out!
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!
Sometimes it is incredible what you can create from so little. A collection of art work where you just see the portrait subjects back hardly seems exciting when spoken out loud. In reality however it becomes a touching and heartfelt look at family life with a bit of geekdom thrown in for good measure. The pieces in question are called Super Families and have been created by Andry “Shango” Rajolina (whose art has appeared in Cult Collective before).
The series of pieces take a key character from the fandom universe and then turns the team mates or supporting cast into children seeking that adult’s attention. All of this is shown just form the back of the character. Aside from been supremely cute, they manage to integrate the characters into the piece setting really well. The art brings a nostalgia hit to your heart. The hardest thing really is deciding which print to buy from the collection of 24.
Dad From the Future
Brothers Never Say Die
2 sizes available: – Deluxe Edition 50x50cm (app. 19,6×19,6 inches).
Digitally printed on high quality 300g art paper. Print stamped & numbered on the back. Shipped with a numbered Geek-Art certificate of authenticity. 70 euros. Limited edition of 20.
– Classic Edition : 32x32cm (app. 12,6×12,6 inches).
Digitally printed on 300g card. Print stamped & numbered on the back. 40 euros. Limited edition of 50.
These prints can be found at the Geek Art Store website. The pricing and quality of prints can be seen above and applies to all the prints for sale.
It is hard to pick a favorite but the one that really grabbed my attention was Amazing Uncle with a young Peter going for one finally stroll with his departed uncle. You can see other examples of Andry’s work through his Deviant Art Page and Face Book page. After looking you will be able to see the complete collection of Super Families and see how hard it is yourself to pick a favourite!