It's another art show about nothing. Seinfeld! Tonight at Gallery 1988 (East) is the 2nd Seinfeld tribute show. I can still watch these episodes over and over, and I'm still blown away at how many quotable lines people still use to this day. I threw in 10 random references from the show into this piece. It's all centered around a not so subtle nod to Danny Trejo's treatment of his chest tattoo, but instead, with Elaine in her urban sombrero. While doing research for the show I also found out this tidbit about the now famous music intro. Television music composer, Jonathan Wolff, treated Jerry's voice from his opening monologue, as a musical instrument and wrote the tune around that. Even more interesting, each opening theme is slightly different. He would pace everything around the rhythm of Jerry's bits, as not to interfere with the jokes. I thought that was pretty neat. Anyway, you can watch his interview here from an old episode of E! News.
Did this Kubrick inspired painting for Gallery 1988's Crazy for Cult group show.
One of the best exhibits (The Del Toro exhibit that was recently there is also at the top of that list.) I've seen at LACMA was when they did an overview of Kubrick's career. Amazing!
I can't say enough about the impact Kubrick has made on film. If you need a refresher enjoy this short 20 minute clip.
Here's the latest piece for tomorrow night's group show at G1988. This show will celebrate a handful of movies that came out 20 years ago. Dusk 'Till Dawn is the first collaboration between Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Following QT's Pulp Fiction and RR's Desperado, the two friends decided to collaborate on a horror movie, that has now been turned into a full on series on Rodriguez's own channel, El Rey. Hard to believe this came out 20 years ago. It's a super fun movie and still one of my favorites. It's also fun to watch a horror movie that is full of practical fx instead of being heavy handed with 3D. Anyway, here's hoping RR & QT collab on one more project.
Here's how the framed piece came out along with a close up of the frame itself.
Above is an in progress shot and below is an example of the sketch done in photoshop. I wish my schedule allowed the time to do traditional pencils, but it's just so much faster and easier to compose and scale on the computer.
Anyway, below are the deets for tomorrow night's show that runs up until July 16th.
Gallery 1988's latest group show celebrates the movies from 1986. I chose James Cameron's movie, ALIENS. I thought Cameron did a great job with the mom angle in this version of the Aliens
franchise between Ripley and the alien queen. The director's cut emphasizes this even more. There's a great scene where we see Ripley coming to grips with not being able to see her daughter grow up. In this version, we learn that, while being in cryogenic sleep, Ripley's daughter has already grown up, had a life, and (SPOILERS!) died. That scene gives the Ripley/Newt relationship more weight when we see them bond during the movie. Anyway, just go see the movie if you haven't already, and try to track down the director's cut. Deets for tomorrow's show below.
Chogrin has cooked up a great group show for tonight. Gallery 1988 will be hosting Pixel Hearts. A group show based around the video game culture. All the artists in the show were given a 12" x 12" wood panel cut out like an 8-bit heart. Can't wait to see what everyone does for this show.
This pic will give you an idea of the wood thickness. That xerox on the easel is the final sketch I used for transferring onto the board. I'll follow up with a post that has more step by step stuff.
I wanted to do an all Centipede piece, but I couldn't resist getting some of the other iconic, coin-op arcade game characters in there.
Anyway, if you're in the area tonight or this month, check out the show!
This latest painting is from a Bode tribute show put on by Fantagraphics. It was also the release of "Cheech Wizard's Book of Me" which is a great compilation of Cheech Wizard art and comic strips from Vaughn Bode and his son Mark. The world of Vaughn Bode's Cheech Wizard is pretty iconic. I can still remember coming across Vaughn Bode's universe of characters in the 80's, when the indy comic scene was first exploding. There was something about those characters....I can't even put my finger on it. It was just refreshing as a young comic nerd to see something so original come from one artist that didn't look like anything else on the comic stands and it hinted at something beyond that you wanted to explore. Anyway, if you're not familiar with Cheech Wizard (shame on you) go pick up the new book from Fantagraphics.