With the Mayan Apocalypse just a few weeks away, almost all of Limited Paper’s favorite artists and galleries are working overtime to get their last round of posters and screenprints out the door before (zombies burst out of the ground/bombs start dropping/the Rapture begins and Kirk Cameron becomes the smuggest guy on the planet). Getting an early lead on everyone else are our friends at NYC’s Bottleneck Gallery, whose Alternate Ending show opens on Friday.
With new artwork from Godmachine, Mark Englert, Mark Lone, and others, the show looks like a strong showing built around a fun and interesting “What If…?” style concept. We’re pumped. Wanna see some prints from that show, find out who else will have artwork debuting at the show? Meet me after the jump, folks.
I’d be willing to bet that 2012 has seen more gallery shows/gallery openings (for screenprinted artwork based on movie posters, that is) than any other year on record. Has there been a new one each week? Of course not, but at times it’s certainly felt that way. We’ve seen shows based on Arrested Development, Breaking Bad, video games, Adventure Time, Judd Apatow, the Universal Monsters—the list goes on. Across the board, virtually all of these shows have been impressive and worthy of our attention, but with a new one opening seemingly every week, there have been times where it’s seemed like a bit much. In moments like those, it’s important for the collector to remind himself: I don’t have to own everything.
That said, Bottleneck Gallery has never opened a ho-hum gallery show—their lineups are always strong, the artists always on their game—and their latest showcase features one of the most compelling, rife-with-possibilities concepts we’ve seen all year. Alternate Ending—which opens this Friday at Bottleneck’s NYC-based gallery– has tasked its artists with creating pieces that imagine (you guessed it) alternate endings to well-known films. From what we’ve seen thus far, some artists have drastically rewritten the endings depicted in their prints…while others have taken a more subtle, harder-to-pinpoint approach.
But don’t take my word for it: see for yourselves below:
- Skyfall by Mark Englert
- Seven by Andres Martin
- Robocop by Emory Allen
- Akira by Godmachine
- Home Alone by Eva Galesloot
- Edward Scissorhands by Mark Lone
See what I mean? Emory Allen’s Seven—a great, great piece, by the way—completely rewrites the pitch-black ending we all know and love from David Fincher’s mid-90’s masterpiece in a very specific way. Englert’s Skyfall, on the other hand, seems to be showing us… a flashback of some sort? Wait, no, I got it—the older guy in the image is actually Judi Dench’s M, following both post-mortem reanimation and a sex change. It’s so obvious!
Anyway, Alternate Ending opens this Friday, and later in the weekend we’ll have a closer look at some of the other pieces making their debut in Bottleneck’s latest show (if you’re wondering, online sales should be kicking off on Saturday around noon). And a always, 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 LimitedPaper@gmail.com, and be sure that you’re following us on Twitter via @LimitedPaper for ongoing commentary, news updates, giveaways, and more!