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POP-EYECONIC RECAP

ch1POP-EYECONIC Opening Night, March 15th, 2014

Since the release of the first X-Men movie back in 2000, TV and Movie executives have placed some major bets on nerds, nostalgia, and the internet hoping to cultivate a pop-culture apex in the darkest nether regions of our subconscious.

ch8BOBA by Luke Chueh

Fast forward 14 years later and all you hear about these days is Gritty-Reboot-This and Saturday-Morning-Cartoon-Turned-Film-Adaptation-That, all sold under the premise of watching Megan Fox run around yoga pants for an hour and a half. (A movie trend I'm TOTALLY cool with!)

ch3THE YELLOW JEEP PARADE by Nouar

Oh, they're making a Ninja Turtle movie where they're aliens instead of mutants? Popeye gets all Deepak Chopra and embarks on a spiritual journey to discover the meaning of "I yam what I yam!"? They cast Ben Affleck to play Batman!!?

ch6WOLFBATMAN by Paul Frank

While we collectively groan upon hearing that our favorite childhood franchise is getting bastardized and transformed into some lack luster 90 minute commercial to sell happy meals, you know damn well you're still going to go see it!

ch4POP EYE CON by D*Face

Why is that? It's because that even though they're fictional characters, by learning their life story in short all-encompassing 30 minute incraments over the years, Pop Culture icons feel like family. (Which reminds me, I haven't called Launchpad McQuack in a while.) 

ch9THXPD by Carlos Ramos

I know, that's an incredibly dorky thing to say, but think about how incensed you were when you heard Spike Jonze was making an adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are? (For those of you who actually LIKED that movie... take your Trilby, Toms, and fixe-gear bike and go buy some Pabst Blue Ribbon you neck-bearded freak!)

ch10BELIEVE by Nate Frizzell

But alas, there's still hope. While we have lost faith in Movie Studios to treat our nearest and dearest tv-shows / cartoons / comics / videogames with the upmost respect and delicacy, we dorks are still here for each other.

ch7THE PURRFECT CRIME by SHAG

Think about it... tickets to Comic-Con are harder to get than tickets to Coachella. Get a bunch of guys together in a room and someone is bound to start quoting Anchorman! Star Wars is so mind numbingly huge, we now have girls pretending to like it on Facebook! (SPOCK IZ TOTEZ MY FAV JEDI! GAWD! IM SUCHA NURD!!!1)

ch5WE ALL COME TOGETHER IN THE STORY GARDEN by Lola

This is why we at Prints On Wood decided to make the schlep to West LA and payed a visit to the Corey Helford Gallery. This past Saturday was the opening night for the Pop-Eyeconic group show boasting some of the biggest names in art right now. D*Face, Paul Frank, Ron English, SHAG, even Prints On Wood's very own Lola was showcasing their art at this fine event honoring the imaginary people we know and love.

ch2UNTITLED by Peter Gronquist

While we can't be sure whether or not Guardians of the Galaxy won't suck (I'm optimistic), we're confident that our mythical friends are safe in the hands of the great artists featured at this show. Who better to create art commemorating these characters than people like you and me who grew up with them. Best part of all, we made a bunch of new (real) friends while we were there.

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The Pop-Eyeconic Group Art Show is currently running at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City and ends on Friday, March 28th. For more information on this event, and the artists featured, please visit: http://www.coreyhelfordgallery.com/

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