Limited Paper: A Preview of Bottleneck Gallery’s GIZMOS AND GADGETS Show Featuring New Artwork from Godmachine, Cuyler Smith, and Dave Perillo

     January 14, 2013


Yes, gallery shows are still coming fast and furious in 2013, and this week brings us another new one:  Bottleneck Gallery’s Gizmos and Gadgets opens this Friday, and—from the looks of the preview images sent over by our buddy Joe at the Gallery’s NYC location—it looks to be just as impressive as the work we saw from that Gallery throughout 2012.  Wanna see some amazing new artwork from Godmachine, Cuyler Smith, and Dave Perillo?  Find out when you can plan on getting a crack at purchasing some of this stuff online?  Meet me after the jump, folks.

For the past few weeks, your humble Limited Paper scribe has been knee-deep in a few non-Limited-Paper-related projects, both of which have been keeping me a little more occupied than usual.  So, before we get into today’s amazing preview of Bottleneck Gallery’s forthcoming Gizmos and Gadgets show, I just wanted to offer up a brief mea culpa:  planning a wedding and interviewing for a dream job have been keeping me pretty busy as of late, but we’re doing our best to balance everything out.

This week at Limited Paper, we’re going to have (fingers crossed) the third of our “Welcome to 2013” giveaways to announce, and next week we’re going to be offering up some exclusive photos and video from Mondo’s In Progress show at the Mondo Gallery.  All of this, of course, is in addition to our normal drop-to-drop coverage, so hopefully that’ll keep all of you steeped in the kind of reading material you’ve come to expect from us here at Limited Paper over the past year.  And don’t worry:  no matter how out of control those wedding plans get or whether or not I end up getting offered that job, I won’t be going anywhere.


All of that said, let’s take a look at Bottleneck Gallery’s Gizmos and Gadgets.  From the looks of things, Bottleneck’s lined up quite the collection of artists for this show:  Godmachine, Jay Shaw, Cuyler Smith (back with another quintet of awesome character portraits), Dave Perillo, Sam Ho, Mark Englert, Alex Grobat—the list goes on and on.  And what does Bottleneck have to say about their latest showcase?  In their words:

It is a common saying that a man’s best friend….are his Gizmos and Gadgets? Sorry animal lovers but at this show, this new adage rings true. We are constantly reminded by popular culture that in a time of great need, there is nothing better to have at your side than something conjured up by man. Whether the Gizmo or Gadget’s idea came about while on the toilet, was made in the deep recesses of a dark and rodent filled cave, or just simply provides the speed necessary to get you from point A to point B (while eluding your followers), Bottleneck’s newest show focuses on the material items made popular by your favorite movies, television shows and books. Each artist will present a piece depicting a Gizmo or Gadget that has shaped our culture in some way, shape or form. Who said being materialistic was a bad thing?

Alright, we’re sold.  Let’s take a look at some of the best pieces we glimpsed from the collection that Bottleneck sent us over the weekend (keep in mind that some of these may be originals, some may be prints, titles may not be final, and that all will be available when Bottleneck throws open the doors on the show on the 18th…and that anything that doesn’t sell immediately should be going on sale the following day online):

  • Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure by 100 Soft


  • Portal Turret by Alex Grobat


  • Wallace and Gromit by Andres Lozano


  • Batmen by Cuyler Smith


  • Inspector Gadget by Dave Perillo


  • GID Layer from Perillo’s Inspector Gadget piece


  • The Rocketeer by Justin VanGenderen


  • Short Circuit by Jay Shaw


  • RoboCop by Sam Ho


  • Hellboy by Godmachine


That Godmachine Hellboy is probably my favorite of the bunch, but what do you guys think?  Bottleneck Gallery sent over a bunch of images from the show, but these were the ones we thought would most appeal to the Limited Paper crowd.  This isn’t to say that the rest of the stuff isn’t awesome, but…oh, you know what we mean.  If you’re going to be in the NYC area this Friday and are interested in attending the show, you should swing on by Bottleneck Gallery’s website to get specific directions to the gallery.  Everyone else can expect for an online sale to occur at some point on the morning of the 19th, which—for the calendarily challenged among you—is Saturday.

Stay tuned for more about this show—including, god willing, a look at Mark Englert’s piece—in the days ahead, as well as news regarding our third giveaway for January, 2013.  Gonna be a busy couple weeks here at Limited Paper HQ, so keep checking in here at frequently for future updates.  In the meantime: if you’re an artist or gallery with artwork you’d like to see featured on Limited Paper (or if you’re just some lucky bastard who happened to overhear a bit of poster-related gossip while standing in the bushes outside Martin Ansin’s house) we wanna hear from you!  Email Limited Paper directly at, and be sure that you’re following us on Twitter via @LimitedPaper for ongoing commentary, news updates, giveaways, and more!

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  • Grayden

    I want that Rocketeer print. One of my favorite movies when I was younger.

  • Dirt Pig

    Is it just me, or does it seem like its only a matter of time before one of these galleries gets the long arm of the law smashed down on them? Throwing a batman logo or blantely drawing hellboy/inspector gadget.. bottleneck are living dangerously.

    • seth

      honestly, if I worked for one of these companies, Id sit back and thank them.

      To hire a lawyer would cost money. Especially to go after an artist that probably will make $100-$200 off of something.

      However, to get free advertising to reach a market that connects to the product and might actually buy more products from the company..pretty much priceless in my eyes.

    • Grayden

      These artists/galleries aren’t stupid. They do obtain the rights to use the logos, imagery, likenesses, and names of these properties. They have to if they are selling their work. It’s one of the first things we learned of in design school was copyright and trademarks. If you followed the scene, not saying you have to but for example’s sake, you would see only certain artists will ever do certain films or characters. One artist I follow has consistently said he doesn’t do certain properties because he doesn’t have the rights to do so.

      • Dirt Pig

        You’re both wrong on this. And seth.. to make a statement like “honestly, if I worked for one of these companies, Id sit back and thank them.” is silly. The law is written out, not imagined.
        It’s like saying well I only had 4 drinks and i’m not drunk, so i shouldn’t get a fine for drinking and driving.

    • JKW3000

      Have met several of the artists and talked to them about that very matter. You’d actually be surprised how the big companies are aware of these and are fine with them in small amounts, given that the amount spent to actually litigate (like over the Batman one, which is one unique set of paintings costing $500) is vastly more than they’d ever recoup on prosecuting. Even if they wanted to stop, you’re more likely to see a cease and desist than anything major. That plus the big gallery retailers (like Mondo) have license agreements in the first place.

  • Dirt Pig

    Also, the production companies have approval processes for merchandise and marketing materials. Some companies might not want their brand\ property misrepresented. This artwork comes with no quality contol.. so if I were to draw batman holding a dildo.. do you think the rights holder would be celebrating some free press or marketing? I highly doubt that. Bottleneck is walking a fine line.. and so are other galeries at the moment.

    Also, how can you justify this to licensee’s who actually pay production companies for the rights to use their films.. like Mondo? If mondo is paying to use rights, how is it fair for a gallery to do whatever they want. Seems like a double standard and if a rights holder had any interest in keeping their licensee’s, they’ll put an end to these silly galleries popping up all over the place. I feel someone is going to get nailed by a lawsuit sooner or later–at the very least some cease and desist letters. Just my opinion.

    • Grayden

      It’s not as if Mondo doesn’t have a criteria for their artists when they commission them. Also, Mondo is a gallery, not sure if you’re aware of that. In any case, I happen to know for a fact that there are artists who acquire license rights on their own, or are approached by the company who owns the rights and are commissioned to do work for them. I don’t think you grasp the full context of artistic interpretation/expression vs copyright infringement. There are many fine lines, but again, these people aren’t stupid. They know what they’re doing. But you seem butthurt over it and provide no real evidence to support your claim, so good on you, Internet Troll!

      • Dirt Pig

        So based on what you’ve said.. you’re telling me that the batman print in this article is licensed? I’m positive that the signature batman logo is property of DC. I highly doubt the artist or bottleneck received rights from DC to produce this artwork. I’m not saying ALL artists break the rules, some do, some are naive and don’t know any better–some are mislead by galleries, others just wont go down that road. Any respectable artist wouldn’t participate in these types of galleries.

        Also.. mondo receives permission from the proper rights holders, and yes i know they’re a gallery, trust me.

    • seth

      you know what..if they were mass producing these images on tshirts and mugs and etc, I really would agree with you. 100%

      Most of this stuff is done for fun and to be honest, I know for a fact most artists lose more then they earn on some of these projects. its just a way to get out there and do what they connect to.

      They have to get noticed somehow right?

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  • Grayden

    I’m sure there are one-time licenses and lifetime licenses that a rights-holder can acquire. Also, copyright laws are finicky things. So many small details about what you can and cannot do. You can’t make a copy of The Dark Knight film and sell it as your own property, nor can you copy and sell an entire issue of “Batman”. But using a part of the likeness of Batman in a print? I’m sure Warner Bros has a license for that. At the end of the day, what harm is this causing? None. And Bottleneck gives a portion of what they make from sales of these prints to charity so it’s not like they’re in it for the money. The people who operate it do it for fun, not a living. Mondo also acquires their rights, they don’t just get written permission, I’ve read as much from Justin Ishmael himself on their blog. Now, there are sites that sell artists work, and there are plenty of copywritten characters being used, and those I would think are paying no heed to copyrights, but I don’t know for sure because I haven’t inquired about it. There is some validity to your point, but you seem extra fired-up about these particular gallery types.

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