IDIOT BOX: TV Themed art show @ Gallery 1988 (L.A.)

You may have seen last month’s post where we featured the video of Alex Pardee illustrating “S.Urkel Jerk“, his demonic portrait of Steve Urkel.  If so, you probably also read that the work was created for a TV themed exhibit entitled Idiot Box which was scheduled to commemorate the 5 year anniversary of Gallery 1988 in LA.  The group exhibit will continue to run until April 23rd so, if you are in the Los Angeles area, we recommend that you take full advantage and go check out the show in person.  If you are like the rest of us who are unable to make it in person, don’t worry; you are not completely out of luck.  In fact, you can purchase one of the pieces from the show to display in your very own study, rumpus room, nursery, bathtub crank meth lab or Winnebago.  Images of the featured works were recently made available to the internet world and we have chosen to display a few of them here that really popped out at us and made an impression.

The image above, featuring child star tragedy Dana Plato (R.I.P.) giving herself a “different stroke” in her Playboy spread, was created by Netherland.  It is an acrylic, collage, and resin work on wood called “Proud Brother“.  Due to being one of the less elaborate pieces construction-wise, the piece was modestly priced at $250 and has already sold.  According to Netherland‘s website, the buyers of the piece were Chelsea Handler and her boyfriend, Ted Harbert (CEO of E!).

Here are a handful of the other current pieces being featured in the exhibit in a variety of mediums:


Trisha Gum
“Hello, WJM Newsroom”
cut paper, mixed media
21 x 21 inches, an extra 16 inches with antenna
(Mary Tyler Moore)

Augie Pagan
“Five Across the Lips”
acrylic on canvas
24.5 x 18 inches
(Sanford and Son)

Scott Campbell
“Sushi Off A Friend”
watercolor on paper
8 x 10 inches
$400.00 – SOLD
(The A-Team and The Greatest American Hero)

**print currently available for Scott Campbell’s “Sushi Off A Friend”
giclee print on archival paper
limited edition of 30 prints, signed and numbered by artist
14 x 11 inches
$65.00 each

Adam Rex
“Season Five”
oil on tabletop
24 inches diameter
(Small Wonder)

Jude Buffum
“Saved By The Bell”
giclee print on canvas, edition of 13 (12 available)
MP3 exclusive download of 8-bit Saved By The Bell” theme with every print purchase
19 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches
$200.00 unframed
(Saved By The Bell)

Charlie Immer
“Rainbow Drops”
oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
$1,660.00 – SOLD

Marcus Schaefer
“TV Eyes On You”
acrylic on canvas
11.5 x 19.5 inches
(Ren & Stimpy)

Wade Schin
acrylic plastic, spraypaint, acrylic paint
4 1/2 inches tall
$700.00 – SOLD

Ken Garduno
“Another Dimension”
acrylic ink and wash
17 x 12.5 inches
$525.00 – SOLD
(The Twilight Zone)

Kiersten Essenpreis
“Seinfeldology (AKA 99 Seinfeld references)”
flashpaint and resin on wood
11.5 x 14.5 inches
$1,500.00 – SOLD
Prints to be released SOON on

Kii Arens
“Charles Nelson Lightbox”
customized lightbox
14 x 18 inches
$500.00 – SOLD
(Charles Nelson Reilly)

There is even a reference, in one show painting, to the time that Cherie locked herself in a refrigerator while playing hide and seek on Punky Brewster.  I’m a little surprised that there was no work featuring Jessie Spano looped out on caffeine pills, however.

To see the rest of the artwork featured please click here.

To purchase any available piece, either listed above or featured through the link, please call: Gallery 1988 @ (323) 937-7088

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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