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Gallery 1988

  • Pixel Heart Show a Huge Success

    pixel heart show 2 For the month of February, Chogrin, an illustrator & designer whose work is inspired by classic American & Japanese cartoons, put together an amazing show that appreciates the month of love and the video gaming community. With the help of Prints on Wood and Chogrin, we created 89 pixelated heart panels to fill the walls at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles. Chogrin brought together 100 artists to conceptualize the idea of video games through pixelated wooden hearts. Some of these custom shape wood prints were printed and others were directly painted onto.

     

    pixel heart show pow The Pixel Heart Show will be open until the 20th of February. For those who want to go see it, you still got a few days! It is definitely a show you want to see. The wood prints really stand out against the white wall because each heart is imbued with a lot of bright colors. Chogrin curated such an amazing show for the gaming community and we are honored to be a part of it. Prints on Wood strives to produce quality work to make such events come together.
    To view more images of the Pixel Heart Show visit the main website,
  • POW Chats: A Conversation with "Pixel Hearts" Curator, Chogrin

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    In celebration of the upcoming video game-centered PIXEL HEARTS exhibition taking place at Gallery 1988 (WEST) this Friday, we chat with curator and mastermind behind the event, illustrator and designer, Chogrin.

    POW had the absolute delight of providing over 100 artists with pixel heart-shaped panels for the exhibition, and as expected, the outcome is too great, definitely something you have to see. This is one of the coolest exhibitions we've been able to be a part of stylistically, so we're super excited. Catch a sneak peak of the work here.  And as promised, learn more about Chogrin and get hella nostalgic over 80s and 90s video game greatness, here.

    1. Hey Chogrin. Tell me a little about your creative background; when did you begin drawing?

    I've been drawing all my life. When I was about 12, I knew it was something that I wanted to pursue professionally and as a career. My creative background consists of everything I grew up with...From toys, children's books, comics, animated shows, video games, 80s & 90s movies, to the artwork on Trapper Keepers. My current style of drawing is a mixture of all these things, but also about 84% inspired by the works E.C. Segar, Ub Iwerks, and Osamu Tezuka.

    3. Who are a few more of your favorite artists/creative influences?

    So many people. I'd say artists such as Mike Mignola, Akira Toriyama, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Picasso, and Oswaldo Guayasamin. My creative influences have been Ub Iwerks, Osamu Tezuka, Jorge Gutierrez, Guillermo del Toro, Walt Disney and many more.

    2. Can you tell me about your connection to video games? Do you remember your first console for instance?

    I clearly remember my first console being the NES and the games I remember playing the most were Circus Charlie, Ninja Turtles, and Super Mario Bros. But it wasn't until the Super Nintendo that I really remember and absorbed the worlds, characters, and stories behind games like Super Mario World, which is what my piece is paying tribute to. In a way, video games grew up along with my generation.

     

    4. Tell me about your upcoming group exhibition, PIXEL HEARTS; how did the overall idea come about?

    I've seen a lot of art shows where artists paint on a specific shaped canvas and have always thought that a "PIXEL HEART" canvas was a great idea to do a video game, pop-culture art event. I'm pretty sure this is the first art show to feature this kind of unique canvas, which I'm pretty excited about.

    5. How did you go about curating the art with the artists? What kind of directions or parameters were they asked to work within?

    I have a specific group of artists that I work with on all my shows, but in each show I also try to bring some new artists that I haven't worked with and that I admire. One of the exciting things from these shows is to meet new artists and make new connections worldwide. For this show 100+ artists from around the world are paying tribute to video game culture in their own artistic interpretation. You will see artwork of anything video game related. EXAMPLES: The Power Glove, any video game console, game cartridges, etc. The show will be a mix of digital and traditional art. Giving artists the pixel heart canvas has led to some beautiful and unique art pieces that I can't wait for everyone to see. All I can say is that If you love video game pop-culture this is the art show event you've been looking for!

    6. What other projects do you have on your plate as 2016 continues to unfold?

    PIXEL HEARTS will be my only art show for 2016, and I don't know if I plan on doing anymore after that. If a good opportunity presents itself, I might do another one, but for right now I'm focusing more on my own artwork and other personal projects I've been wanting to take on. All in all, my whole experience in curating group art shows for the last 6 years has been very rewarding and I can't wait to embark on my next adventure!

  • "Pixel Hearts" at Gallery1988 Honors the Love of Video Game Culture

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    Prints on Wood is lucky enough to hold an amazing place in the art world, constantly working with creative individuals and artists to make memorable work. For the upcoming month of love, POW has the pleasure of seeing the curatorial efforts of Ecuadoran artist, Chogrin -- plus a bit of a POW-infusion -- unfold in a unique and festive way.

    As a designer, illustrator and curator, Chogrin is beloved online -- as well as the 4 dimensional realm -- for his creative works, utilizing the style and execution of both American and Japanese cartoons as his influences. His next curatorial adventure quite noticeably combines a staple of both cultures -- and a first love of many, many young artists -- as the underlying theme for the show.

    Opening February 5th, "Pixel Hearts" is a group exhibition featuring over 100 artists from around the world, each paying tribute to the glorious aesthetic nature of video game culture. The event is set to take place at Gallery 1988 (WEST) , so you know it's going to be a star-studded night for the neighborhood.

    The event is set to feature a total of 228 heart shaped pixel panels, supplied by POW, and customized by 100+ creatives from around the globe. Each artwork is printed on a 12x12" wood panel that's 3/4" thick, and cut into a pixelated heart shape design.

    Video game and 8-bit lovers  rejoice, this night is specifically for you. So next Friday, grab your girl and your art show shoes and make your way to LA.

    "Pixel Hearts" opens February 5th at 7pm at Gallery1988 (WEST), located at 7308 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046​.

    Keep up with Chogrin at www.Chogrin.com.

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    #CHOGRIN #GALLERIES1988 #GALLERY1988

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  • Megan Majewski - 100 paintings in 100 days

    From folks dressed to nines for a night out on the town to college kids on a casual bar crawl, you can always count on LA to be buzzing with energy on a Friday night. A couple of weeks ago, our friend and talented artist, Megan Majewski, celebrated the opening of her latest exhibition at Gallery 1988, in Los Angeles.

    LA natives and travelers alike flocked to Gallery 1988 on Melrose Avenue to witness the reveal of Megan’s latest project: 100 Paintings in 100 Days.

    While chatting with Megan about the event we caught an inside glimpse of her big night and some interesting details about her cute n' creepy creations.

    We asked if she painted in 100 consecutive days, she exclaims, "Yes! Day one was September 1st, day 100 was December 9th.  No weekends and long days for 100 days straight."

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    But the wheels on this whole project started turning long before day one. Megan says she started brainstorming about the show over a year ago.

    "I used that time to book the show with Gallery 1988, do some concept sketches, get myself organized the best I could, and collect 100 frames before the painting start date.  As soon as the show was booked a year ago, I started looking for frames. It took a long time to find that many frames that I was happy with. I had them all just before I started painting. That way I could match each frame to the paintings with which ones brought out the best in each piece."

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    She describes the hardest part of painting 100 pieces, and tells us, "It was definitely having no days off while working 10-15 hour days. You start to get run down working that many days consecutively, and having no weekends to recharge was very difficult. Especially when life throws curve balls at you. There were only two days that I didn't paint that I had to take off, when my cat and my aunt both sadly passed away. Which was even more difficult because I had to work even harder afterwards to catch up so I could still finish on my 100 day deadline. 

    It truly made me work to my limits and far past them."

     

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    While creating the pieces for the show there were a few things she simply couldn’t live without, "My perfect wood panels from Trekell and a Golden open medium were things that are in all the pieces.  The paintings wouldn't have looked as amazing without either of those things. 

    Also cookies. Cookies helped get me through the long days."

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    unnamed-5This wasn't the first time that Megan took on the 100 day challenge, paintbrush in hand and cookie in the other. Her first ever exhibit back in 2005, featured 100 paintings was also done in 100 days straight.  The difference between her first exhibit and her most recent one? A WHOLE LOT.

    "My work from my first 100 paintings from 10 years ago is unrecognizable as the same artist.  That was my first time ever showing my work and I was still figuring out my style and learning a lot.  My pieces now are so much more detailed and have a lot more story and thought put into each piece."

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    Just a week before the debut of her 100 Paintings exhibit,  Megan caught an early flight down from Canada to visit us the POW office!

    She also stopped by the Trekell Brush Factory and bagged an impressive haul of brushes and things. The quest to snag some stuff for her arsenal was a success, so let the 100 paintings celebration commence!

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    Screen shot 2015-03-18 at 12.25.13 PMLooking back on the opening night's festivities at Gallery 1988,  Megan gushes about the most memorable part, "finally seeing all the pieces hung together on the wall."

    "Katie at Gallery 1988 did an amazing job with that part.  It is so much different seeing them all hung up together in order on the gallery walls.  My studio is way to small that I could only really see a few together at the same time.  It was quite the sight to see 100 pieces together finally."

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    Just as great a sight for Megan were her friends, who flew out all the way from Vancouver to celebrate the opening with her. "It was heartwarming that they would come that far to support me."

    One of the models that Megan painted in two of the pieces (Nikiski Noir) dropped by.  Also, Courtney from Trekell came out to see the show.  "It was nice to show off the pieces that I created on their beautiful panels."

     

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    When it comes to her artwork, Megan might play favorites. But she tells us " I don't know if I would say I am more proud of any pieces than the others.  Each piece had its own struggles and triumphs to get it to the quality I wanted.  I'm pretty proud of the show as a whole."

    unnamed-8Finally, we had to ask if she would do it again. She replied, "I remember the first time I did it ten years ago was very difficult and exhausting, so was this time. I might be open to doing it again, but maybe not for another ten years!"

    Another 100 day project may not be in the cards for the next couple of years but we're excited to see what Megan Majewski comes up with next. It's been a pleasure catching a rare view on the story behind her 100 paintings 100 days, 10 year celebration.

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    Click here to see Megan Majewski's current prints available with Prints on Wood.

    For more information on available artwork from the show, please visit: http://nineteeneightyeight.com/collections/megan-majewski-100-paintings-in-100-days

    For more information on Megan Majewski, head to http://www.deadkittie.com/

     

     

     

     

     

  • Chopping Block: Martin Donnelly

    A few weeks ago we posted an image on IG and Facebook by Martin Donnelly which seemed to strike a cord with many of you.  It was a print that featured characters from a popular kids show "Adventure Time" for an exhibit at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles.  After weeks of persuading, Martin agreed to release a special version of the print on Prints on Wood!  Thank you Martin!!

    Before the print release on Monday, we grabbed a few minutes from Martin Donnelly to find out more behind his alter egos Mezzetty and Known As UnKnown.   His work explores the world of cinema, TV, music, and all things pop culture. We got some insight into his favorite shows, his artistic obstacles and how his upbringing in the UK shaped his art.

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    POW: I just love your pop culture driven art! Particularly the one of Leon and Mathilda from “The Professional”, as it’s known here in the U.S. What is it about pop culture that draw you in artistically?

    Martin: I think it’s that there is such a wealth of interesting characters to choose from. I can quite literally close my eyes, put my hand in the box, pull out any name from any film or TV show and there will always be something unique to capture. It can be challenging, but always rewarding.

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    POW: Besides illustrative work, you also photograph under the name “Mezzetty”. The photographs I found on your site are so gorgeous and seductive. What was your main focus when taking these images?

    Martin: I fall in and out of love with photography; I think it’s just about not having the time to do everything I want. I have rediscovered it recently working on a show about traditional tattoos and the people that wear or create them. http://www.letitbleedshow.com.

    I find it difficult to explain my photographic work. Sometimes it’s as simple as capturing a certain kind of ‘nothingness’ in individuals. There is something beautiful about just letting the model drift off into their only little world before I begin to shoot. The layering elements add a level of dreamy voyeurism. Apparently it’s my signature look! I’m starting to play around with light a lot more, taking a few more risks. It’s seems to be working so far.

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    POW: It says on your website that you’ve been in the creative field for over 15 years. What has been the most challenging period for you as an artist in all of that time?

    Martin: I find it challenging to juggle so many disciplines. I change roles on a daily bases (in my day job) anything from art directing, script writing, ad concepting, animation, photography, project managing or just good old fashioned graphic design. Its can be hard to continually flick the switch, that’s why it’s great to have something that I can control (Known as Unknown & Mezzetty) without the added pressure of pleasing the bill payers!

    POW: Something I thought was hilarious was your “About” section on your Tumblr where you describe that your want your tombstone to one day read “Here lies Martin Donnelly. He lived and loved, but never got around to watching The Wire or Breaking Bad, even though everybody he knew had watched it and said he would love it.” I was in tears because it’s exactly how I feel! Would you say you have an all time favorite film or show that continues to inspire your work?

    Martin: I do need to up date that… I have managed to watch all of Breaking Bad, finally, and yes I did love it (as predicted) but The Wire is another challenge for another day. There isn’t really one specific show that inspires me, It’s more like hundred. Anything from Spaced, Ulysses, Thunder Cats, Carnival, Game of Thrones, True Detectives, The IT Crowd, Father Ted… The list is endless… and films I could talk all day about.

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    POW: Living in the UK is similar but at the same time vastly different then living in the US.  Was there a particular event or time during your childhood and upbringing in England that shaped your creative work? Maybe a certain moment where you knew you wanted to make creating art a career?

    Martin: I loved comic books when I was young. Here we had (have) a comic called 2000AD. It was pretty unconventional, not really about your standard good guys fighting the good fight. They were all anti heroes fighting for their own ideals. I quite liked that darker approach, even as child.  The vision of the future was dirty, chaotic and confused. The whole thing was like the tales from the Mos Eisley bar, I could totally see each character frequenting that place (apart fro Judge Dredd, he would enforce it with the iron fist of the law). I started drawing all the characters; ABC warriors, Judge Death and Strontium Dog and the rest is history.

    POW: Where do you see yourself creatively in the next 15 years?

    Martin: I don’t know what I’m doing next week let alone in the next decade. More of the same I hope.

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    For more information on Martin Donnelly, please visit http://known-as-unknown.tumblr.com/

  • GALLERY 1988: 10TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW

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    If you're near Melrose this Friday (April 11th), then we suggest you stop being lame and swing by Gallery 1988's 10th Anniversary Show: The Subtle Art Of Pop-Culture. This show is going to be so cool, all of our friends are going to be there, and by friends we mean our POW gallery artists!

    We highly recommend seeking out the art of Jimbot, Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Megan Majewski, and Ruel Pascual. We don't know who or what they've painted, but my money's on some sort of quasi-offensive picture showcasing our most beloved cartoon characters doing something questionable! :O

    After indulging your eyes on this all you can eat visual feast, I highly recommend a visit to Pink's and pamper your insides by ordering one of their world famous chili-dogs. Who knows, if you're lucky enough, you might just end up seeing Brad Pitt getting kidnapped. (They also got veggie-dogs for all you weirdos.)

    For more information on this event, please visit: http://nineteeneightyeight.com/

  • ADVENTURE TIME: GALLERY 1988

    Greetings fellow humans! It's time to strap on your white bunny hat and dust off those navy blue daisy-dukes… or should I say it's Adventure Time!

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    Gallery 1988 has partnered up with Rook clothing to host an art show honoring the sweetest cartoon Boy / Dog team-up since David & Goliath!

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    This Thursday, April 3rd, Prints On Wood will be in attendance at the opening night for the Adventure Time art show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. Doors open at 7pm, so move those little baby feet and come hang out with us!

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    We'd also like to plug POW customer, and all around awesome dude / artist, Martin Donnelly, who will be showcasing some of his mathematical art at the show this week. (Which we were fortunate to print on wood for him!)

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    When we posted this bad-boy on our Facebook page, it garnered 700 likes in 5 seconds! Lets hope someone can match that many likes with dollars at the Adventure Time show this Thursday! Martin also has another super secret Adventure Time wood print that goes on sale this week at Gallery 1988! How secret? You just got to show up and see!

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    For more information on this event, please visit Gallery 1988 at: http://nineteeneightyeight.com

    To learn more about Martin Donnelly, please visit him at: http://known-as-unknown.tumblr.com

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