This Friday marks the second annual “Is This Thing On?” exhibit in Los Angeles, which features 100 of the top contemporary artists in the game depicting their favorite comedians through their respective mediums. Last year’s show yielded some impressive results and this year shouldn’t prove any different. Never satisfied with hosting a simple art show, the folks over at Gallery 1988 have arranged for “Weird Al” Yankovic himself to MC/host the opening for the exhibit, which has a full title of “Is This Thing On? 2: The Weird Year” and is co-presented by those zany jokers over at Funny Or Die. Along with his hosting duties, Yankovic will also be honored with a 9-print set chronicling his career and featuring contributions from a few folks that you may even recognize as artists that we’ve featured on the site over the years.
The opening takes place this Friday March 9th from 7 – 10pm and, as the date approaches, we’ve continued to wait patiently to get glimpses at more and more of the art. Our accompanying post about the show features our first set of preview images and can be viewed HERE. As far as the Weird Al pieces, however, we’ve finally got them all available for viewing below. Along with the images, the following statement was siphoned from the Gallery 1988 blog, which is now delivered via their new tumblr account.
ENTIRE Weird Al Career Retrospective Screenprint set for “Is This Thing On? 2” at Gallery1988.com
And here it is, guys.
For “Is This Thing On? 2: The Weird Year” at Gallery1988 (Melrose) opening this Friday, we worked with comedic icon Weird Al Yankovic to produce an official screenprint set that’s inspired by his entire 30 year career. Each print commemorating a classic song/video from Al, is created by some of the world’s top designers and artists and will first be available in limited numbers for purchase at the show’s opening reception, then online at gallery1988.com starting March 10th.
Each print is an edition of 200 and obviously size varies. They will be an affordable $35 each, across the board.
Working with Al has LITERALLY been a dream come true for us. And each artist really nailed this project and we couldn’t be happier with the results. If you look at these and don’t smile, you can’t be our friend. One of our dream projects, has come to life…
The exhibit runs until March 31st. Prints will be available on site, with the remainder of the pieces from the show -both prints and original art- being made available to the general public through the Gallery 1988 website the following day.
Here are the details for the opening:
Hosted by “Weird Al” Yankovic
Friday, March 9th from 7-10 PM
Joshua Budich for his TV appearance Another One Rides The Bus
Alex Pardee for Eat It
Dave Perillo for Smells Like Nirvana
Adam Hanson for Amish Paradise
Derek Deal for Fat
DKNG Studios for White & Nerdy (there are 4 total color variants for this print)
Graham Erwin for Dare To Be Stupid
Phantom City Creative for Like a Surgeon
Todd Slater for UHF