On April 12th, NYC’s Bottleneck Gallery will open When The Lights Go Out, a sprawling showcase featuring nothing but GID (Glow-in-The-Dark)-enhanced artwork. It’s a great concept for a show (just imagine an entire gallery’s worth of new posters lit solely with blacklights), and from the beginning we knew that Bottleneck Gallery would amass a giant roster of talented artists to pull it off…but for our money, the whole thing wouldn’t have felt complete without the involvement of Mark Englert.
And—well, whatta ya know—it turns out that Mark Englert’s contribution to When The Lights Go Out is even more impressive in its use of GID than we expected it to be. It may, in fact, be his best GID piece to date. See it for yourselves after the jump, folks.
In very short order, we’re going to be previewing a slew of images from Bottleneck Gallery’s upcoming When The Lights Go Out (opening this Friday). That show– in case you hadn’t heard– will feature nothing but GID (Glow-in-The-Dark) enhanced prints, and everything we’ve seen so far has been damn impressive. But will it be enough to settle the age-old GID debate once and for all?
See, whereas some collectors would be thrilled if every poster in their collection featured a layer of GID ink, other collectors believe that GID prints are basically the modern equivalent of the hologram-infused comic book covers of the early 90’s. Here at Limited Paper, we think the truth about GID-enhanced posters is a little less binary than “totally awesome” or “lame and gimmicky”. In and of themselves, GID inks are totally harmless: it’s the artist using them that determines whether or not the resulting print is worth a damn, meaning that each GID print must be considered on a case-by-case basis (warning: this kind of nuanced thinking is both radical and unwelcome in most online debates). And if ever there was an artist who proved that theory, it’d be Mark Englert. Case in point:
- The Battle at Blackwater by Mark Englert
- The Battle at Blackwater GID layer
But, wait, here’s some closeups:
Now that…is some seriously impressive shit.
We’re proud to be exclusively debuting this image for Limited Paper readers today, and hope you guys dig it as much as we do. If you’re pumped about this one and determined to get your hands on one, you’ve got a couple different ways to go about picking one up: first, you can be in Brooklyn on April 12th, when When The Lights Go Out opens at 7pm EST; secondly, you can keep your eye on the Bottleneck Gallery Twitter feed and wait for the online sale to start over this coming weekend. Supplies are sure to go fast, so plan ahead.
That’s all we got for now, folks, but stay tuned: we’ve got a new giveaway headed your way in the near future (no, for serious: the print has arrived, it’s awesome, and we’ll be doing that giveaway next week) as well as further info on the usual slate of poster-drops headed our way this month. As 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!