If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a billion times: there simply isn’t enough video game-themed artwork to go around these days. Perhaps a day will come when a Martin Ansin Bioshock, a Tyler Stout Fallout: New Vegas, and an Olly Moss Silent Hill will hang on Limited Paper’s walls, but until that day we will continue beating this very particular drum.
Luckily, Limited Paper isn’t alone in this battle: the good folks at iam8bit are fighting the good fight along with us, and next Friday they’re going to debut an all-new showcase of video game-themed pieces…and they’ve lined up guys like Olly Moss, Mark Englert, JC Richards, Aled Lewis, and Steve Courtney. Wanna see a couple of exclusive reveals? Meet me after the jump, folks.
Video games and screenprinted artwork: two incredible flavors that taste great together… that (tragically) aren’t paired up nearly as often as we’d like them to be. Thanks to the iam8bit guys, however, we’ll be getting a bit of a respite on that front next Friday. Take it away, press release:
iam8bit Entertainment System, the videogame-themed art extravaganza, launches in Los Angeles this summer, opening June 7, 2013. iam8bit Entertainment System will debut an international showcase, featuring the work of a variety of returning and first-time artists, as inspired by classic 1980’s videogames.
“iam8bit has evolved throughout the years to showcase awesome art, and recreate the most nostalgic moments of our childhood – the ultimate in fantasy fulfillment for all fans in attendance,” Jon M. Gibson, co-curator of the show. “We take great care to craft a uniquely incredible, in-person experience, putting imagination on display in a way that will surprise most gallery-goers.”
iam8bit’s latest showcase opens next Friday on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles, and will remain open through June 30, 2013.
Opening Night: Friday, June 7, 7-11 pm
Exhibit to run through June 30
Special Extended E3 Hours:
Tuesday, June 11, 5-9 pm
Wednesday, June 12, 3-9pm
And—hey, get this—in addition to guys like the aforementioned Olly Moss, Mark Englert, JC Richards, Aled Lewis, and Steve Courtney, they’ve also lined up Jose Emroca Flores, Gerald de Jesus, JC Richard, Rex Crowle, Jim Mahfood, Edison Yan…as well as some sort of “interactive installations” that will be revealed at a later date. Huh. Very good, iam8bit. You can consider Limited Paper extremely intrigued.
Oh, hey, you guys probably wanted to see those pieces by Mark Englert and Steve Courtney, huh? Here ya go (unfortunately, we have no info on the precise sizes, editions, and/or prices of these pieces at the moment, but we’ll update ya when we do):
- Hudson River Damn by Mark Englert
- Arthur by Steve Courtney
Well, this show’s off to a helluva start, ain’t it? We’re really curious to see what Dr. Moss has whipped up for this one, as his Zelda and Super Mario Bros. prints are both among our favorites here at Limited Paper HQ. But what do you guys think? Excited for the new video game-themed work iam8bit’s going to unload next Friday? Wish there was more of it? Sound off in the comments section below, and stay tuned to both @LimitedPaper and @iam8bit for more on this show as it becomes available!
Everyone else? You know the drill: 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.