“BAD DADS” : A Tribute to the Films of Wes Anderson [preview]

Opening: Saturday, October 30th
8PM – 12AM
LoPo Gallery
San Francisco, Ca

Last month we posted a preview for the “Mr. Bill Murray” exhibit that was held at Los AngelesR&R Gallery.  The group show featured a variety of artists creating Bill Murray-centric pieces, many of which were based around roles that he’s played in the films of, semi-regular collaborator, Wes Anderson.  In that post, I referenced Tim Doyle‘s “Murray Times Six” print from 2009.  I had even wondered, momentarily, as to why the artist wasn’t included in that exhibit.  That curiosity led me to Doyle‘s Flickr page and immediately, to a brand new Bill Murray print that he had just created for an entirely separate exhibit.  Yep, a completely unrelated show that would warrant him revisiting the image of the world’s favorite Ghostbuster, all over again.  This Saturday‘s “BAD DADS” exhibit in San Francisco should finally be enough to quench the, otherwise, insatiable appetites of anyone with a thirst for Wes Anderson and/or Bill Murray tribute paintings (… at least, temporarily).

One of the best things about group exhibits are that they can  function as a means of exposure to new artists that many people may, otherwise, never become aware of.  Another amazing benefit, beyond “grouping” and unifying artists, is the ability of themed group shows, such as these, to showcase the differences in interpretation that each of the participants have brought with them.  The theme which fuels BAD DADS is the film work of Wes Anderson and the show is set to feature contributions from nearly 70 different artists.  With the filmmaker already possessing such an incredibly strong and recognizable aesthetic of his own, the chance to witness his art filtered through such a contrast in styles from so many others, is something that is already proving to be fascinating, at worst.  Ibraheem Youssef is offering a series of stylized minimalist movie posters [see above flier], while Serge Gay Jr. has opted to demonstrate very different approaches in all of his submissions, to the point where each of them look as if they could have been created by a completely different artist.  Nigel Sanders paid tribute to all of Anderson‘s 6 feature-length films by dedicating the sides of a Rubik’s Cube with a painting for each and Casey Weldon‘s 6 mini paintings are all different representations of Bill Murray, if he were to have been cast as different characters in the films.  Some made multiple pieces, some just did one, some chose to focus on one film, others decided to hop around, and Jessica Deahl even turned her focus onto the Darjeeling Limited-related short, Hotel Chevalier.

But why is it called, BAD DADS?” you might wonder.  As SPOKE ART, the “transient art gallery and publishing house“, which is presenting the show, explains:  “nearly every Wes Anderson character has family issues, notably father issues!

SPOKE is a newer “organization”, but they have already begun doing some amazing things.  BAD DADS is only the second show that they’ve curated, with their inaugural show being the highly successful “A Decade With No Name” in Oakland back in AugustBAD DADS will be held at San Francisco‘s Lopo Gallery and, although I could very well be mistaken, I believe that it may be the inaugural show for the brand new art space, as well.  The entrance to Lopo is located on the second floor of the Space Gallery on 1141 Polk St. and, like Space with it’s “onsite” bar, both of the venues are strictly 21+ establishments.

I had hoped to post something about this exhibit a while ago but, beyond having a full schedule, I held back for a couple of reasons.  The first is that it’s common for people to space out and forget about something if they aren’t reminded or alerted to it closer to the event date.  The second, and most important, is that more and more images and details have continued to seep out slowly.  Below is a shitload of samples, which include the preview images that were sent over to us by SPOKE, as well as whatever else we’ve been able to locate.  Whatever additional details we’ve been able to learn about the individual pieces have been posted where applicable.  If you like what you see below and are able to make it out to the San Francisco area this weekend, you should definitely hit up the opening, because many more pieces will be on display there and, as everyone knows, the work always looks exponentially better in person.  Images never do them justice.

Here are the details about the opening…

OPENING DETAILS

Saturday, October 30th
LoPo Gallery
1171 Polk St
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
8PM

“The show will debut with a special Halloween party on Saturday, October 30th at San Francisco’s newest art space, LoPo Gallery.  We’ll have a bevy of affordable, limited edition prints as well as an amazing selection of original art available for purchase both at the gallery as well as through our online store.”

Show includes a set by SF’s DJ Theory.

To RSVP on official Facebook event page CLICK HERE.

LIST OF FEATURED ARTISTS:

(w/hyperlinks when available)

Akira Beard, Ana Bagayan, Audrey Erickson, Audrey Pongracz, Becky Dreistadt, Blake Loosli, Brandon Schaefer, BungalooCaia Koopman, Carlo Ramos, Carolynn Haydu, Casey Weldon, Chuck Sperry, Dabs / Myla, Dan Black, Dave Correia, Dave Greco, Dave Macdowell, Drake Brodahl, Evan B Harris, Eric Davison, Gabriel Gaete, Garry Booth, Gene Guynn, Greg Gossel, Helen Bayly, Ibraheem Youssef, Irma Rivera, Jacob Borshard, James Datz, Jasper Wong, Jason Hernandez, Jason Vivona, Jeben Berg, Jeff Rassier, Jeremy Sorese, John Euland, John Felix Arnold III, Jon Smith, Jonas Lofgren, Joshua Budich, Justin Parpan, Ken Keirns, Kenyon Bajus, Kevin Beehner, Kevin Tong, Lauren Gregg, Little Friends of PrintmakingLucas Gluesenkamp, Max Dalton, Mike Davis, Munk One, Nigel Sanders, Roland Tamayo, Rich Kelly, Rich Pellegrino, Robert Bowen, Sandi Calistro, Saul Gonzalez, Scott Campbell, Scrojo, Serge Gay Jr., Shannon Bonatakis, Tatiana Suarez, Tiffany Liu, Tim Doyle, Todd Slater, Zoltron

SAMPLE IMAGES

(organized by film represented)

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BOTTLE ROCKET


Ibraheem Youssef

“BottleRocket”


Kevin Tong


Tim Doyle
“Mambo Guajiro”
6 color print (edition of 150)
12″ x 24″

RUSHMORE


Tim Doyle
“I Found out I was Wrong”
5 color print
12″ x 24″


Casey Weldon
6″ x 8″

Jeremy Sore
[handpainted frame and mat]


Jacob Borshard
“Yankee Racers”

THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS


Ibraheem Youssef

“The Royal Tenenbaums”


Ana Bagayan
{sketch}


Ana Bagayan
{finished painting}


Tim Doyle
“Death of Buckley”
5 color print (edition of 150)
12″ x 24″


Dave Greco
Giclee on Watercolor paper
17×22


Max Dalton
[for details shots, click here]


Caia Koopman


Kevin Tong


Ken Keirns
“I think we are just going to have to be secretly in love with each other…”
Oil on Board
8″ x 10″


Blake Loosli


Casey Weldon
6″ x 8″


Casey Weldon
6″ x 8″


Casey Weldon
6″ x 8″


Dave MacDowell
“FLY”
Acrylic on Canvas
18 x 24


Lucas Gluesenkamp
“Baumersquatch”


Serge Gay Jr.
“Royal”


Tatiana Suarez


Shannon Bonatakis
“Margot Helen”

THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU


Brandon Schaefer
Giclee Print
13×19


Audrey Pongracz

“Blue Star Cadet”
22″x 28″


Ibraheem Youssef

“The Life Aquatic ~ Zissou”


Ibraheem Youssef
“THE LIFE AQUATIC ~ HENNESEY”


Ibraheem Youssef
“The Life Aquatic ~ Guitar A”


Ibraheem Youssef
“The Life Aquatic ~ Guitar B”


Tim Doyle
“Mutiny on the Belafonte”
5 color print (edition of 150/hand printed)
12″ x 24″


Serge Gay Jr.


Serge Gay Jr.
“Because I Hate Fathers, and I Never Wanted to Be One”


Greg Gossel


Casey Weldon
6″ x 8″


Drake Brodahl
“Living Aquatic-ly”
cel vinyl acrylic on Aquabord
12″ x 12″


Kenyon Bajus
“Papa”


Tatiana Suarez

THE DARJEELING LIMITED


Tim Doyle
“This Time Tomorrow”
7 color print (edition of 150)
12″ x 24″


Casey Weldon
6″ x 8″


Rich Pellegrino
“Peter”
Gouache on Board
5″ x 7″


Rich Pellegrino
“Francis”
Gouache on Board
5″ x 7″


Rich Pellegrino
“Jack”
Gouache on Board
5″ x 7″


Sandi Calistro


Carlos Ramos

 

HOTEL CHEVALIER


Jessica Deahl

FANTASTIC MR. FOX


Lauren Gregg


Tiffany Liu


Nigel Sanders
“Rolling Stones”
Painted Rubik’s Cube

Dead C

Located in Seattle, Dead C is the founder/editor, as well as the principal writer and photographer, of Monster Fresh. Creating the site in 2007, he did so with a specific dream in mind. Unfortunately, being a muscle relaxer-fueled fever dream, it’s hard to recall all of the details.

I remember that my mom was there, but it wasn’t actually her in the dream, it was actually 70s heart throb, Jan Michael Vincent. And everything took place here, in this room… but it wasn’t actually here… it was different. The colors were washed out and, for some reason, there was a raccoon kicking it with us and it was wearing a holographic monocle.

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