Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Almost There

This has been a crazy week to say the least. But we're almost there! Two new openings in the next two days. First we have DGPH opening at the SF gallery tomorrow night. The show looks awesome! The DGPH guys delivered such a variety of work, it's really incredible. And we'll also have a few prints available for sale from The ARK Project that will benefit the World Wildlife Fund. It's going to be a really fun show, so stay tuned to view all of the new artwork.


The Worlds

We're getting closer to the opening of the Kathie Olivas/Brandt Peters show here at G1988:LA, and since we've kept everyone in the dark about what you might see if you come by the opening reception Friday night, 6-10 PM, it's time for a little blog sneak peek. This show is incredible and really comes across as a field trip to the worlds that both of these artists live in. So many elements, I figured I'd give you a feel of each...

Collaboration painting from Kathie and Brandt. I'm not always a fan of collaboration pieces, but Kathie and Brandt really meld their styles together so well. So complimentary to each other, and a cool way to get one piece from two of your favorite artists.

Here's a custom Skelve created for the show. This one is called "Muerte." We have a large group of these customized toys in the show, and each one is better than the next. Like the birth order of the Jackson family. Sort of.

Classic Kathie sculpture. LOVE this one.

One of the many "Pull Toys" in the show, it's an incredible wood cut out on wheels. SO DOPE.

Anyway, that's all you get. You'll have to come by the opening reception, where both Kathie and Brandt will be in attendance, to see more. This Friday night, 7-10 PM, take the field trip with us.


Reharding Daniel Danger Fenway prints

From Daniel's blog:

welp. so here’s the skinny… the fenway prints were printed pretty last minute in time for the G1988 sports show (i was still real sick, got a bit behind schedule), and only a handful of copies were shipped down to the gallery to display at the opening; the rest would be shipped to me to sign and number and return to the gallery for shipping. all i saw of the displayed copies were some photos, and i initially expressed some concern over the actual final product. however, i wanted to see the print in person before i made any real opinions about the future of the edition, which i knew wouldn’t be until after SXSW. today they arrived and i anxiously opened up the box and laid them out on the table; and my mouth aligned itself in that way it does when im not happy with something and i know i’m going to have a long day.
(you can skip the next paragraph if marginally technical pre-press talk is the opposite of the kind of thing you care about.)
so i opened up my files and drawings and poured over everything for a while. silkscreening is a fairly binary artform, either there’s ink or there isn’t, and thats really up to the ink. however, my drawing style isn’t that precise, and sometimes if i’m not careful those tiny hatched out lines aren’t REALLY as cut and dry and defined as they need to be to expose properly. unfortunately, that’s what happened here, the drawing wasn’t high contrast enough way way zoomed in down in the nitty gritty in those tight areas, and needed to be ‘opened up’ by adjusting the overall tonal nuances of the drawing. getting rid of the mid-tones that were clouding up those tiny open lines (remember silkscreening is binary, and grey is neither a 1 or a 0, and thus is bad), and giving all those white lines a little more breathing space.
i knew how to fix my problem, so that’s what were gonna do… i called the gallery, and we decided the best course of action was to dumpster/burn this entire run (NO. you can’t have one.), eat the production cost (oof…), and re-print them with the proper changes. because if you’re going to do something, best do it right. i spent entirely too long on this to send out something i’m not happy with, and i want you to be happy. i made all the proper arrangements with my printer and hes going to get started within the week on the reprint, and then we’ll get these out to you all as soon as possible.
the first photo shows a comparison shot vs the first printing, the second photo shows an example of how much i’m opening up those lines.
so. yup. that’s whats happening. we apologize for the delay, because i know a lot of you guys are absolutely rabid about this one, but id rather apologize for a production delay then apologize for the alternative.
for those who immediately put yours on ebay to make a quick buck, i apologize but with a lot less sincerity.


So, we'll have to wait a little longer...but the good news is...Daniel isn't going to just send you a print he isn't satisfies with. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I'm under the impression you'll be even happier when you get it.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Knock Out and Batting Practice

Finding preview pictures in your inbox from Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters is like find a hundred dollar bill in old jean pockets. It's a mitzvah as my people (I'm half) would say. And today, the email was awesome. We got two previews for their show "Living Between Worlds," which opens on April 2nd, in a rare G1988:LA Friday night opening. And here they are...

One of the many actual Kathie and Brandt collaborations - and the start of many "Pull Toys" you'll see in the show. These have me smiling!

And one of the many, many, many custom Skelves in the show, this one is from the Man, Brandt Peters.

Kathie and Brandt will be here in Los Angeles and are creating their largest installation to date, all to go with the new artwork. Exciting to say the least

Interested in previewing the artwork? Email us at and make sure to put "PREVIEW LIST" as the subject.


From Argentina to San Francisco!

We are so excited about our new SF show featuring the work of DGPH!!


DGPH consists of three amazing artists, Martin Lowenstein, Diego Vaisberg, and Andres Vaisberg, all located in beautiful Argentina. We work with artists from all over the world, but not too many have been from South America, so we are very excited to share their work with all of you.

Their show is even more special because on one gallery wall DGPH will exhibit approx. 90 artworks in all sizes and mediums, and on the other gallery wall we will exhibit very special prints from a book DGPH produced called The ARK Project. The ARK Project is an animal bible featuring work from participating artists across the globe. Each artist contributed an original design of one animal native to their region. Here are a few images of the prints from the book...

Agnieszka Morawska from Poland
"White Stork"

Christian Montenegro from Argentina

Peachbeach from Germany

To celebrate the release of this amazing book, we will be selling one-off prints of some of the designs from the book. The artists and Gallery1988 will be donating the proceeds from the sales of these prints to the World Wildlife Fund. We're so excited!! It's going to be a really fun show, so hopefully you can make it to the opening ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!

The show opens Thursday, April 1st from 7-10pm at G1988 San Francisco.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010


I consider today to be a "dream come true" as artist Scott Campbell has created a Tumblr blog that will specialize in his "Showdowns" that you see consistently at Gallery1988. Now you'll be able to see your favorites, and brand new ones, on this blog, as he will be adding a new Showdown EVERY DAY! And you just never know where a project like this might end up....




Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Some past 1 PM

The Olly Moss Mystery Tubes will go on sale a little after 1 PM PT today at These will only be available online, not through phone or in-store orders. There is a 2 per household limit, and if you buy 2 - we can't promise it won't be the same poster twice. That's all part of "mystery," even to us. Good luck.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mystery Shopper

This coming Tuesday, March 23rd, we're happy to be jumping back into the Olly Moss business. You might know Olly Moss as the poster-making sensation from our LOST Underground Art Project (as his Locke's Secret print is still going for $700 on eBay) or from his recent "Master Race" sold out print from still running "Greatest Moments In Sports" exhibit. To say that Olly has quickly become a top name in the print world (with only 2 prints released in total ever) would be an understatement.

Welllll, this Tuesday we will be selling what we're calling the "Olly Moss Mystery Tube." The mystery tube will cost $35 and inside the tube you will get one of three NEW screenprints from now LA native Olly Moss. Each movie inspired print will be signed and numbered and from an edition of 100. You won't know which one you're getting, but TRUST will be AWESOME no matter what you get. Don't sleep on this because you will regret it. Especially once the word gets out about what's in the tube!

Get ready!


Thursday, March 18, 2010


New website up and running, we here at Gallery1988:LA are so amped for our next show "Living Between Worlds," featuring the artwork of Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters. If you've ever seen a Kathie and Brandt collaboration piece, you know how incredible this show is going to be. Insiders say to look for a ton of custom toys and sculptures in this exhibit, which is most likely music to many of your ears. The show opens Friday, April 2 with a reception from 6-10 PM, where both artists will be in attendance! Kathie and Brandt have been giving some studio tease pics on their Twitter account, so we figured we'd share some with you.

This show is going to be beautiful! Mark down Aoril 2nd now as you will not want to be left out of these worlds.


Mario and Link by Chogrin

We are releasing two new prints tomorrow by Chogrin from the Autumn Society!

giclee print on Epson Ultrasmooth Fine Art Paper
8 x 8 inches
limited edition of 25
signed and numbered

giclee print on Epson Ultrasmooth Fine Art Paper
8 x 8 inches
limited edition of 25
signed and numbered

Mario is your favorite? No problem. You like Link better? That's cool. Can't decide which you like best? Don't worry, you can order both as a set (at a slightly discounted price too)! You can purchase these prints directly from our website...

They will released Friday, March 19th!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

TONIGHT - Into the Pixel in San Francisco

If you live in SF, then tonight you have to stop by the Hotel des Arts to see the 2010 Into the Pixel exhibition. You'll find us on the second floor with some of our video game themed prints on display, like Scott Campbell's Pac-Man mummies...

(one of five prints from Scott Campbell's PacMans#2 Print set)

If you love video games then you must come. Stop by the Hotel des Arts (447 Bush St. at Grant) tonight, Thursday, March 11th from 6-11pm. See you there!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Over the past few months we've completely overhauled our website, and tomorrow we are finally going to launch!! Starting tomorrow, you can purchase directly through our fancy new website!

And to celebrate the launch, we're releasing the much anticipated "Mario's Closet" print by Glen Brogan!

Glen Brogan
"Mario's Closet"
giclee print on Epson Ultrasmooth Fine Art Paper
16 x 12 inches
limited edition of 100

These prints will be released tomorrow, Wednesday, March 10th at 12PM PST, and you can order them directly through our new website(!

You can also order the prints in person at our San Francisco location, over the phone or via email at (415) 409-1376 / We will not be taking pre-orders, so please contact us after 12PM PST on March 10th.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

High Post

One day until our newest show "The Greatest Moments In Sports History (A Poster Show)," in conjunction with our friends at OMG Posters, and we're still getting in some awesome entries. It's tomorrow night from 7-10 PM and don't forget the Frysmith Mobile Food Truck will be hanging out outside the gallery. NOM NOM NOM.

In the meanwhile, figured I'd preview three more limited edition posters that you'll see in the show, sportsmen.

Drew Millward took a swing at a sports moment that is actually one of the sources of inspiration for naming our gallery "1988." Kirk Gibson's 9th inning homerun in 1988 to win Game 1 of the world series at Dodger Stadium, basically crippling the Oakland A's for the rest of the Series. LOVE this print, especially since it shows Gibson's awesome fist pump (no Jersey Shore).

Billy Perkins gets Evel...and awesome.

Brad Klausen pitches his poster. And if you don't know, well, CLICK HERE.

SO EXCITED to show you all of them. So make sure to come by Thursday night, 7 -10 PM. I'll be the one with fries all over my face.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010


We usually only post about 15% of the press we get for our shows - and we usually focus on the attention we get from outlets that don't usually, or have never, covered art in our genre before. So we were stoked, and quick to post, our coverage in this month's Action Figure Digest for the "Under The Influence: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" show that kicked off 2010 here at G1988:LA. Amongst the toys!