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For Gallery 1988‘s second annual “Is This Thing On?” exhibition, they asked artists to pay tribute to long-running sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. Though I’m more a fan of the early years, I really enjoyed the more recent “Janet Reno’s Dance Party” sketch with Will Ferrell and, in one episode, the former Attorney General herself. For my contribution, I imagined their epic dance-off as a DDR-style video game.
Janet Reno’s Dance Dance Party
Giclee print on canvas • 19.75″ x 9″ • S/N Edition of 25
Is This Thing On #2 Too: A Tribute to SNL
March 29th–April 20th, 2013
Gallery 1988: West
7308 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Another charity auction I currently have some work available in is “Sweet Relief”, a silent auction to raise money for the Avelar family’s medical bills for their daughter Monica. The auction will continue in person at the exhibition on October 20th, but until then you can bid online. Prints of mine available include Belmont Terrarium, Last Call, and the sold out (I kept a few copies for just such an occasion) Stapler.
The nice folks over at 8-Bit Brigade are hosting their 7th Annual Fundraiser for Child’s Play. For those of you who don’t know about Child’s Play, you can read more about it here, but basically it’s an awesome organization that lets people donate video games and toys to hospitals to improve the otherwise generally unpleasant experience for the children there. You can even choose from a map which hospital to donate to and pick out various items to buy for the hospital. While I believe charity should be sacrifice, there is something extremely fun about picking out a video game system and some games and knowing how many sick kids are going to have their hospital stay exponentially improved because of it.
Anyway, back to the charity event… 8-Bit Brigade has collected a TON of donated items ranging from a collector’s edition of Skyrim to Zelda-themed jewelry to a large original painting by yours truly. The best part is, you can chip in as little as one dollar and be entered to win one of the hundreds of available prizes; for each dollar you donate you get one virtual raffle ticket. So what are you waiting for? Go donate!
If you live in Seattle, or are there now for PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) you absolutely must check out Fangamer VERSUS Attractmode tomorrow night! Video games, music and beautiful game-related artwork! What more could you ask for?
Play indie games like Super Time Force and Cumulo Nimblers, rock out to chiptune musicians, including hip hop genius Mega Ran, and feast your eyes on artwork from over 40 amazing artists, all available for purchase!
For my contribution, I created the piece below, titled “Couples Counseling”, as a commentary on the use of virtual space within the context of relationships, and how that affects and dehumanizes communication.
Fangamer VERSUS Attractmode
Saturday, September 1st
7pm until 11pm
1927 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
You can RSVP for the event on Facebook.
One of my favorite annual shows to participate in is Gallery 1988‘s Crazy 4 Cult, an exhibition of over 100 artists paying tribute to their favorite pop culture films. I’m super excited this year because they’re branching out to the east coast and holding it in New York City!
For this year I chose to illustrate one of my favorite movies of all time, The Princess Bride. One of the best scenes in the film is when Wesley confronts Vizzini after besting his “Spaniard” and his “giant”. He agrees to a “battle of wits”, and what follows in one of the most hilariously long-winded speeches in cinematic villainy.
The Battle of Wits
19.5″ x 9″
Giclee print on canvas, edition of 25
Crazy 4 Cult: New York
Opening Thursday, August 9th 6–9pm
Gallery 1988 NY Pop-Up Store
64 Gansevoort St
New York, NY 10014
I don’t normally blog when I add a new item to my shop, but the demand for posters of Magna Arbor Vitae Deku were so great that I felt I could make an exception! The 15 giclee canvas prints from SUPER iam8bit are nearly sold out, so for those of you who couldn’t make it, or wanted a more affordable option, I have an open edition (no limit) poster of the piece. You can purchase it from my shop HERE!
My piece is called Blue is Always Stronger, and is a reference to the 8-bit Legend of Zelda games where the blue version of an enemy always dealt out, and could withstand, more damage. It’s a 9″x9″ giclee print on canvas, edition of 30.
LA FLAQ GALLERY
36 rue Quincampoix ( 75004 )
Thursday, September 15th
Well it’s been almost 3 years since LA-based production company iam8bit put on one of their legendary eponymous video game themed art shows, but the wait is almost over! SUPER iam8bit opens to the general public tomorrow night at the recently renovated iam8bit headquarters located in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.
For my contribution to the show, I created Magna Arbor Vitae Deku (traslated “The Great Deku Tree of Life”) a sprawling exploration of the evolutionary biology of the 200 most important species from the Legend of Zelda video game series. Complete with binomial Latin names (Zora Bellator and Zora Fluvialis share a common ancestor with the more peaceful species Zora Sapien, for example), the brances of the Deku tree trace the evolution of each species over millions of years. Forks in the branches indicate an extinct common ancestor of the species that follow.
Magna Arbor Vitae Deku will be available in a very limited edition of 15 at the SUPER iam8bit opening (#1 will be framed in a cool one-of-a-kind distressed wooden frame).
Opening reception August 11, 2011 7pm–11pm
2147 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Tomorrow night, Giant Robot Los Angeles will be holding “Water Works”, a benefit for UNICEF and the child victims of the earthquake in Japan. There will be numerous artworks for sale, as well as other items, raffles, and events, with proceeds going to UNICEF, and of course cash donations will be accepted.
This event was initially to raise money for clean water efforts in Vietnam, but due to the catastrophic events in Japan, and considering Giant Robot’s ties to Japan, the decision was made to allocate funds where they are needed most at the present time.
Here’s the piece I created for the show, titled “Minus World”
It’s an edition of 10, and 100% of the sale will go to UNICEF and the children in Japan affected by this tragedy. At the risk of offending anyone, I want to state that this piece was created for the original fundraiser, which was for clean water efforts. It is in no way meant to depict the tsunami and I hope no one directly affected by the disaster takes it that way.
Water Works at GR2 – A benefit for UNICEF and child victims of the earthquake in Japan
Saturday, March 19 · 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Giant Robot Los Angeles (GR2)
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025