We’ve talked about it before here on the blog, so we don’t need to rehash it, but let’s all just admit we may have really opened some terrible floodgates when we debuted the world’s first pop culture art gallery 10 years ago. At the time we were laughed at, even called “not actually art,” and now it would be hard for you to find a city where a gallery doing the same exact thing hasn’t popped up. It’s not a great thing for the industry as a whole, but the aspect of our business it hurt the most seems to be in repetitive themes.
When 45 venues are doing the same exact thing, with technically the same exact artists, the overlap will be undeniable (and in the end, hurt the artists the most long term). And now we see galleries repeating themes over & over, or spaces opening shows based on the same thing within months of each other. Since we book about 2 years in advance, imagine how hard this process of prediction is. But we have the solution.
Yes, everyone does pop-culture art prints now. But just when you thought everything’s been done, we find out exactly what hasn’t. Friday, July 26th, at G1988 (West) we open “We Made Them Do It,” an amazing exercise in dealing with copycat competition where we believe we’re showing the first (or second) print of each subject.
We worked hand in hand with artists to create prints based on movies & TV shows that would never, and have never, gotten the art tribute treatment. You’ll see some of your favorites for sure, but it will also be the first time you’ve seen most of them depicted to hang on your wall. And it’s so awesome. The work is so good and the artists have created some very passionate and inspired works. We’re just happy they don’t have to paint Tennebaums again.
Join us Friday, July 26th, at G1988 (West), from 7-10 PM and find out exactly what we made them do. Stay tuned here and to our Facebook & Twitter pages to see more as the show gets closer.