Am I the only one missing the captain’s eyes at the bottom of this?
Just yesterday I saw falling snow for what I estimate is only the 4th time in my life. It’s important to emphasize that I’m 34 years old and once traveled state to state writing words for pro wrestlers to yell at a camera. So, that’s pretty crazy.
And that kind of personal change is one of the main reasons that we decided to bring our pop culture art gallery, Gallery1988, back to NYC for the 7th installment of our most popular art exhibit, Crazy 4 Cult. It’s an event where over 100 artists create pieces based on their favorite cult movies. Some of this year’s pieces are above (click on each to see the full pieces, please).
We’ve popped up here in New York once before (you can read about why that was significant me to HERE), but that was last Summer. WHEN IT WAS HOT. And Katie, my business partner, and I just wanted to try something new, both for the art exhibit and for our own professional lives.
For those just tuning in, in a miraculous turn of luck and events, our art gallery turns 10 years old in just a few months. Which is CRAZY. The idea to cater to 20-35 year old first time art buyers, and emerging young artists not taken serious by pompous art galleries, actually worked. The music industry didn’t necessarily pan out for me, and this was the back-up plan. AND BACK-UP PLANS DON’T EVER WORK, RIGHT? The focus on pop culture inspired pieces actually paid off. It seems novel now, but we were the first to ever do it, so there was a ton of confident fear involved.
But now there’s a pop culture art gallery in every major city and it seems most group shows nowadays are celebrating cult movies somehow. It’s a crowded field for sure. But even with that being the case, it’s made major art stars out of many of the artists whose first art show was Crazy 4 Cult. Our gallery, and the many doing what we’re doing, has started to feel like the baseball card industry in the 80’s, or even Beanie Babies in the 90’s. Buy up whatever name is hot, and then just sell it for a profit. Doesn’t matter if you like it, or if you’d hang it on your wall, it’s just about what you can make off it. And I understand that’s basically the world of being an art dealer, but honestly we opened G1988 to shit on them, cause that’s dumb.
It feels pretty gross. We recently tracked a few highly demanded prints by edition number once we sold them, and to see 4 out of 5 sold on eBay within a week was disheartening. Our goal is, and always has been, to sell artwork that people will be proud to hang. We truly miss the genuine buyer, or the customer who walks in for the first time and realizes they’ve struck pop culture gold, no matter the artist’s name. We miss why we all started liking this art in the first place. We’re not here for prospectors, we’re here for art lovers.
We figure the weather and location change could act as both a revitalization for what Katie & I love SO MUCH about the art we show (and our jobs), as well as attract a walk-in customer that will discover it for the first time, and not worry about how much it’ll make if they can list it from their iPhone in the parking lot. Cause at the end of the day, the way to really support these artists we love, is to appreciate their art, let it grow a market and demand overtime through your enthusiasm, and not turn it around for profit immediately like Pearl Jam concert tickets. And all this while reconnecting with the NY customers we already sell to, who’ve been forced to just look at the website all year long.
The work for this year’s Crazy 4 Cult is AWESOME. It’s like every year the artists outdo themselves. If you haven’t seen past shows, we worked with Titan Publishing on two books already chronicling past years, which you can get HERE and HERE. And if you live in NY, come say hello to me.
It opens THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, December 13th, from 7-10 PM at 355A Bowery (between 3rd and 4th, next to the Bowery Hotel). And it will be open everyday through December 21st, from 12-7 PM.
Let the artwork speak for itself and stop by, NYC! We’ll talk about what snow is like.
OH MY GODPFJS I HAD TO WATCH THIS LIKE FIVE TIMES TO REALIZE IT WAS DOGS AND NOT JUST THE MOP BRUSHES COMING TO LIFE AND SCURRYING OFF
((I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING FUCK))
???? ARE WE ALL GOING TO IGNORE THE FACE THAT APPEARS IN THE WINDOW
A commissioned piece based on The Big Lebowski
*white person voice* how spicy is this salsa
Extreme close-ups of human eyes by Suren Manvelyan
How 2 Face Your Fears