Artwork based on preexisting material is tricky because great art challenges us rather than comforts us with the familiar. In recent years, a multitude of artists have come forward to build work based on fandom, and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that. Not every painting and sculpture has to be drawn from landscapes and models, and pulling from popular culture doesn’t necessarily hurt the piece. Pop Art, one of the most striking artistic movements of the 20th century, partially grew out of comic books.
Where it gets murky in the case of fan-art is how much the artist can show appreciation while still establishing something that’s daring enough to be more than comfort food for movie nerds (and I say this as someone whose apartment is lined with Mondo posters). Crazy 4 Cult 2 runs the gamut of stunning tributes to lazy mash-ups, and that range makes it a curious and revealing collection.
There’s zero empirical evidence to back up the theory, but here at Limited Paper we tend to think that there aren’t a lot of hard-core collectors out there with big Valentine’s Day plans. Quite frankly, when the vast majority of your spending money is being pushed towards one fancifully-colored 24x36” sheet of paper after another, there isn’t much budget left for schmoozing the ladies (or the gents, if that’s your thing). Sure, you could’ve bought her that diamond-encrusted toaster she’s always wanted, but there’s something like 400 prints dropping this week: one has to prioritize.
But what if you have a significant other…and they’re also into poster collecting? Well, good news, buddy: Bottleneck Gallery’s Get a Room (opening in NYC this Friday) is filled with a ton of romantic, movie-themed posters your guy or gal will be jazzed to have hanging on their wall, and we’ve got preview pics for you (including new work from Craig Drake, Godmachine, and Cuyler Smith) after the jump.