PREVIEW: [GALLERY 1988 x ADULT SWIM] Group Art Exhibit (Melrose)


“Gallery 1988 x Adult Swim”

Opening Reception: Friday, Jan. 13, 7-10pm

January 13 – February 4, 2011

When it comes to the pop-culture-themed art exhibits, no gallery has proven more consistent or prolific than the Los Angeles area’s Gallery 1988.  Since 2004, G1988 has become one of the foremost destinations to view high quality work from from some of the most talented established and up-and-coming contemporary artists in the game.  With popularity and interest growing for their original space (located on the corner of Melrose and Labrea), founders, Katie Cromwell and Jensen Karp, found themselves expanding with a second location in Venice, allowing them to consistently run two separate, but equally impressive, exhibits simultaneously and in different areas of the city.  [The Venice location is currently hosting a solo exhibit by Robert Brandenburg].  Perhaps, best known for their themed group art exhibits -a coffee table book based around their annual Crazy4Cult show was just released, featuring a foreward written by yearly host/filmmaker, Kevin SmithG1998 has become much more than just an underground forum for underground contemporary artists and the nerd culture to express their affinity for film, video games, and TV; they’ve actually received tremendous feedback, praise, and cooperation from the entertainment personalities and corporations behind the inspirations that they are paying tribute to.  Actors like Paul Rudd have personally purchased artwork, Funny Or Die co-presented the stand-up comedy-inspired IS This Thing On? exhibit that we previewed last year, and the Wet Hot American Summer-themed exhibit not only featured a screening for the cult film’s 10yr anniversary, but was actually presented with a Q&A with writer/director, David Wain.

Tonight’s [Adult Swim]-themed show is slated to set off the new year with one of the greatest exhibits that the gallery has curated/hosted yet.  Officially sponsored by the Cartoon Networks infamous late-night programming block, [GALLERY 1988 x ADULT SWIM] will feature more than 100 contributions from upcoming talent, G1988 regulars, and big name artists whose careers the gallery has often helped to play an integral role in over the years.  Among the contributors are folks like, Luke Cheuh, Olly Moss, Todd Slater, Audrey Pongracz, and Kevin Tong,  paying tribute to such [Adult Swim] classics and staples as, Family Guy, The Venture Bros., Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.  Don’t be surprised to find any of the artists, or even celebrities from the Adult Swim programs, mingling around the gallery on opening night.  We, of course, suggest making it down for the opening, if at all possible, both to be a part of the festivities, as well as for the opportunity to get first dibs on any artwork.  However, for those who are unable to attend, the show will continue to run until February 4th and, for anyone interested in picking up original works or prints, all artwork should be made available on-line for purchase at shortly after the opening.

Check out a selection of preview images after the following details…


[Gallery 1988 x Adult Swim]
the art show.
January 13 – February 4, 2012


Friday, January 13th from 7-10 PM
(Many of the artists will be in attendance.)


Gallery1988: Melrose
7020 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (323) 937-7088

Full List of contributors:

Adam Hanson, Adam Setala, Alex Campos, Alex Chiu, Alex Todaro, Allison Sommers, Anne Benjamin, Audrey Pongracz, Augie Pagan, Ayami Kawashima, Becky Dreisdadt, Brandon Schaefer, Brian Holderman, Bruce White, Casey Weldon, Charles Moran, Chogrin, Chris DeLorenzo, Christopher Lee, Chuck BB, Clark Orr, Dan Bob Thompson, Dan Goodsell, Dan Lydersen, Dave Perillo, Delicious Design League, Derek Eads, Doe Eyed Design, Doug LaRocca, Drew Falchetta, Eric Braddock, Eric Tan, Evanimal, Fernando Reza, Glen Brogan, Graham Erwin, Irma Rivera, Iron Jaiden, James Flames, Jason Edmiston, Jason Hernandez, Jason Marz, Jaw Cooper, Jayson Weidel, Jesse Riggle, Jimbot, Joe Van Wetering, Joey Spiotto, Johnny Bergeron, Jon Smith, Jonathan Luna, Jordan Buckley, Josh Cooley, Joshua Budich, Julia Vickerman, Julian Callos, Justin Helton, Justin White, Kali Meadows, kaNO, Karla Hansen, Kevin Tong, Kiersten Essenpreis, Kim Herbst, Kyle Norris, Lauren Gregg, Lawrence Yang, Little Friends of Printmaking, Luke Chueh, Martin Ontiveros, Matt Chase, Michael Ramstead, Michael Steele, Michelle Coffee, Mike Maas, Mike Mitchell, Miranda Dressler, Monster Factory, Mylan Nguyen, Nicole Bruckman, Nicole Gustafsson, Olly Moss, Pedro Delgado, Rexbox, Reza Rasoli, Reilly Stroope, Ryan Brinkerhoff, SarahSaeSoh, Scott Belcastro, Scott Listfield, Scott Scheidly, Sean Clarity, Sean Dove, Shana Bilbrey, State of Shock Studios, Steve Dressler, Steven Thomas, Todd Slater, Tom Whalen, Veronica Fish, and Zac Gorman

[click images to enlarge]

Jason Edmiston

(inspired by Robot Chicken)

Casey Weldon

Kissy Kitty” (inspired by Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!)
11×14 print
(purchase print)

Bandito Design Co. (Ryan Brinkerhoff)

Swedish Murder Machine” (inspired by the Venture Bros.)


Blake Downs, M.D. ” (inspired by Childrens Hospital)
11” x 14”
acrylic on velvet (mounted on board)

Glen Brogan

Sebben & Sebben 2012 Calender (inspired by Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law)

Graham Erwin

Space Funk” (inspired by Space Ghost Coast to Coast)

Mike Mitchell

Sweeberrehwhy!” (inspired by Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!)
8×10 print
limited edition
signed and numbered

Sean Dove

(inspired by The Venture Bros.)

Doug LaRocca

Mouse Man (inspired by DangerDoom)
qee and spraypaint

Brandon Schaefer

The Lab Aquatic with Hank Murphy” (inspired by Sealab 2021)

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