PHOTOS: super iam8bit | video games art show

14Sep11

PhotobucketThis is so long overdue but I am finally posting the pictures from the Super iam8bit art show from iam8bit Productions that ran from August 11 – September 10, 2011 at the iam8bit gallery in Echo Park.  The art show featured over 100 artists who “reimagine[d] their 80’s gaming fantasies, delusions and secret desires via all sorts of media – painting, sculpture, plush, and even some more interactive experimentation.”  

Since its inaugural show in 2005, iam8bit has been the most popular group art exhibition in Los Angeles, enlisting hundreds of artists to remix their 80’s videogame memories using paint, plush, sculpture or whatever other tools they call their own. The show has been applauded for its spectacle of interactive art as well: a 6-foot-tall, working Atari 2600 controller (15 times scale); a custom-developed version of Guitar Hero, featuring old-school video game theme songs like Mega Man 2 and Ikari Warriors (in partnership with Harmonix); and much more.

Galaga's 30th Anniversary

This art show was perfect for all the nerds and video game hoes that ever touched an arcade, Atari, NES, Super NES and beyond.  Seeing all the art inspired by various video games and consoles was a trip down memory lane.  The BIGGEST highlight for me was when I saw 3D art for my favorite NES game (besides all the Mario’s games), “Bubble Bobble.”

Bubble Bobble

I tried going to the opening reception for this show but after waiting in line for at least an hour, I decided to leave to attend another function I had put in my calendar.  I was about 30 minutes away.  It wouldn’t have done me justice because it was packed and I would not have been able to take these photos for you.  If you missed the art show, check out the slideshow below to see what you missed!

Mario being a pervert

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For more information on iam8bit, please click here.  
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