Thursday, August 28, 2008

We Keep Rolling

Here's a video taken by Kurt over at 5280 Lasers, that chronicles the night before the show opened. Cool in a sense that you see all the artwork without the back of people's heads, bad because it's before we leveled everything. So get ready to tilt your head a little, like when I ask my dog if he just pooped somewhere in the house.

Untitled from fiddytwoeightylasers on Vimeo.

And here's an article on the show that ran in Campus Circle...

I wasn't sure if you could read the here's the copy (as they say on Mad Men)...

LAST YEAR’S CRAZY 4 CULT EXHIBITION INCLUDED ICONS OF Darth Vader, Napoleon Dynamite, Howard the Duck, Spinal Tap, Office Space, Clerks, Pee-wee Herman and Chunk. “You know these dudes, right? ’Cause if not, I will loan you my Blockbuster card and punch you in the face at the same time,”says Gallery 1988’s Web site of thecharacters in the sequel to last summer’s most enjoyable show, appearing in Crazy 4 Cult 2: This Time, It’s Personal. Hosted again by cult connoisseur himself, Kevin Smith, and his producing partner Scott Mosier, Cult invited over 50 artists to cast their unique eye on classic cult cinema. Why should you have to rely on overpriced Hot Topic Tshirts to showcase your love of The Goonies? Instead of pierced emo sales clerks who always seem to be talking to some guy with a shaved head when you’re trying to buy your cousin a Fall Out Boy shirt, wouldn’t you rather have your money go to Shepard Fairey (he of Obey/the ubiquitous Obama poster), Andrew Wilson or Luke Chueh? While originals go for hundreds and thousands of dollars, limited edition posters start at $20 and are a unique way to show your love of Back to the Future without that reprinted, torn-at-the-edges movie one-sheet you’ve been carrying around since freshman year of college. L.A. artist 2cents did a series of seemingly spray-painted screen prints of Milton, Alex, Doc,Willy, Jesus and Silent Bob. If you don’t know who they are, yes, you should be punched in the face – but save yourself future embarrassment (you’re right to be embarrassed) and inoculate yourself beforehand by seeing what will undoubtedly be the sleeper hit of the summer (sorry [insert whatever horror film is coming out this week]).
Gallery 1988 is located at 7020 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 937-7088.

Also, we weren't able to formally announce the new giclee prints we released at the Crazy 4 Cult opening reception, so I figured now might be the time, since most are really close to selling out.

First up, Misha's "My Protector"...

Here's a pic of Misha signing these Natalie tributes.....

Only $60 (!), these 8 x 10 inches giclee prints on archival paper are pretty darn sweet. Each hand signed and numbered, it's an edition of 50 that we're already running low on.

And next up...the one you probably already know about...Luke's Donnie Darko print....

$100, 11 x 14 inches, each hand signed and numbered, edition of 100. Or you could be an idiot and pay the $300 people are asking on eBay even though we aren't even sold out of them at $100. OH, nevermind, pay those eBay prices, cause we're SOLD OUT now.

And then we got Scott Schedily's "Prophecy of Frank"....

These are $80, 11 x 14 inches, hand signed and numbered and in an edition of 50. These are AWESOME, they look so good in person.

And lastly....Reuben Rude's tribute to Jay & Silent Bob...

$100 each, hand pulled screen prints, hand signed and numbered, 16 x 20 inches, edition of 50. Get these while they are hot, Snooch.

Anyway, now you're all caught up. I wish we were.

G1988: LA

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


I still can't get any time to do a serious info-packed blog post as Crazy 4 Cult is as just as busy a few days in as we were at the opening. So all the good, really deep, Kite-Runner-ish writing will have to wait for another day. Till then, pics and press.

Last year G4 won a Webby for their coverage of Crazy 4 Cult, this year they won my heart. That opening shot of Blair being absolutely attacked by people around her is how I felt all night. I'm happy someone caught the chaos of being near the register. Brandon Bird should get his own show on G4. No better time than now to announce that the Birdman will have his first ever solo show at 1988: LA next year. Here's to hoping he is working on it right now.

CLICK HERE FOR Variety's coverage of hanging out at the gallery before the show opened.

Some pics from our friend, the watermarked Wire Image...

I mean, that looks like a can of sardines.

And another can.

Kevin and Scott.

The Mosier.

Pete Wentz swung by and made me smile for cameras like an idiot....

...then wore PlasticGod's sunglasses and stole my shitty smile.

And Kevin alone.

I wish I could get more creative right now with the blog, but after these busy days I just get too tired to go to in depth. I will though, especially with some prints on the horizon that will make you freak out.

G1988: LA

Monday, August 25, 2008

2009 will be a banner year.

Gotten a lot of emails wondering what "announcement" we made for our 2009 "Crazy 4 Cult 3-D" art show, so I figured I'd just leak the banner we placed really, really high in the gallery that we planned on most missing.

We're not joking.

G1988: LA

Saturday, August 23, 2008

You need ART to spell party.

We're still fending off an average of 50 customers in the gallery at a time today and actually made a Saturday record with 78 people in the gallery at one time. Michael Rappaport even brought in his kid's whole basketball team. So, not much time for serious blogging sessions, but our friends over at posted some pics, and we're happy to steal some. Make sure to CLICK HERE to see more of the pics over at Old Man Musings for yourself.

Crowd shot. You can see our sweet little announcement for the 2009 show up above the window.

Desk Shot. Working hard as LL Cool J on Unplugged, but with a Monster Factory Walter right in front of me.

G4 Genius (of all things including MMA!) Blair Butler and PlasticGod.

Stand By Me and Star Trek star, and one of the subjects of Dave MacDowell's piece "Stand By Snooch," Wil Wheaton poses near the sold painting. Wil was an incredibly nice dude. Hoping to see more of him around 1988.

Mr. Brandon Bird near his sold piece.

Misha near her sold piece. With Blair.

Danielle Rizzolo x VIMBY (cough, sold piece, cough)

Kirk Demaris's first gallery pieces ever = SUCCESS! (you get it)

Who better to celebrate with then Mr. Toast, Dan Goodsell.

Worst/Best/Worst Best picture of Andrew Wilson near his Craz y 4 Cult poster. Sorry, dude.

Anyway, that's all I got in me. I'm on 4 hours sleep for 2 days. Remember, has everything now, including all the artwork and prints and posters, some available with just a click from PayPal.

G1988: LA

The Gist

Listen, I'm dead tired. We had a 2 block line that reached a movie theatre that when I usually pass when walking from the gallery I feel is a long way away. And the line was THAT long for the entire night. Totally crazy. Some insane cult celebs appeared and we announced our special guest for next year, 2009's Crazy 4 Cult 3-D. I'm betting most people didn't even see the banner above the windows on their way out. Weird, huh? More on that later. Tons of stuff sold, people are really loving it - and I think everyone agrees - this is our best show ever.

Anyway....we're live now. Meaning, buy posters and prints at and check out the artwork at You can buy from all that. At least what others haven't forced a SOLD tag on.

Ok, that's enough.

G1988: LA

Thursday, August 21, 2008

How do you put 150 pieces in an art gallery?

Build it and they will come.

G1988: LA

Wait, what?

I usually don't blog this early (It's past noon somewhere in the world, right?), but I couldn't resist this one.

I got to the gallery early today to work on some Cult stuff, and heard a knock at the locked back door. Thinking it would be our Fed Ex or UPS guy, I jumped up to answer it, only to notice it was a homeless man screaming at the top of his lung (not a joke). He looked like a run down version of Larry, the upstairs neighbor on Three's Company, which sounds comforting, but trust me, it is not. I obviously didn't open the door, telling him we were closed, trying to get a word in as he screamed and yelled words like "movement" and "transition" - without making any sense at all. Point is, after about a minute and half, he stopped, slid a piece of paper under the door and quietly walked away. And here's the pamphlet...

It's something from "Citizens For Our Betterment" (?) which is totally freaking insane. And inside makes even less sense. Anyway, be on the lookout cause homeless dudes have serious paperwork with them today. I think he took the Crazy 4 "Cult" thing the wrong way, maybe?

G1988: LA

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Admired From Afar Galaxy

In what has to be one of the coolest things ever, it seems David Macdowell's piece for Crazy 4 Cult II was not only mentioned on the blog of one star that's depicted in the painting (Kevin Smith), but now it has caught the attention of Stand By Me, and Star Trek, star Wil Wheaton. CLICK HERE to read his entry on the painting below.

Next up? Does Jerry O' Connell have a blog? Let's keep this thing going.

G1988: LA

Fastest Animal

Almost there! Basically half the show is hung, and we're gearing up for Friday's opening gala for Crazy 4 Cult 2: This Time It's Personal with every hand on deck. I feel like I may have said this once before for the Stan Lee show, so my credibility might be up there with those John Edwards VP hopes, but I do genuinely think this is the best show we've ever had in LA. The work is just so good, every box I open sets a brand new standard. I mean, we're building a temporary wall in the gallery to house this much work! And this is why we cherish our themed group shows at 1988 so much. Other similar shows are great events or parties, but we really feel like we create an art show over everything else. And this Crazy 4 Cult will prove it. Hands down, thumbs up. Oh, don't believe me? Then feast your eyes on the funniest painting I have ever seen.

Brandon Bird's "I Am Night" which references Philip Seymour Hoffman's turn as a male nurse in the underrated PTA nod to the San Fernando Valley, "Magnolia." And yes, this kid is wearing one of those cheap Thirfty Drug Store Halloween costumes to be Mr. Hoffman, as if they made those. I am actually laughing right now.

Oh, so I did a podcast to promote the show with 1988 friends Gariana and Grae ( and you can listen to it by CLICKING HERE. I think it's funny, but I also have serious cinematic beliefs (which you'll hear now) and made a lot of jokes about young actresses (yes, that young. And yes, I'm joking).

And speaking of talking, our Lord and Savior Kevin Smith will be on Kevin and Bean (which I call Kevin, Bean & Ralph Garmen due to my love for that man) on KROQ Friday morning at 7:20 AM. The fact that Kevin is waking up at 7:20 to promote the show on a day he knows he'll be shooting the shit till late here at the gallery shows you want kind of guy he his, and the love he has for the art. Anyway, please listen cause I know he'll make you laugh way more than my podcast appearance.

G1988: LA

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Monster Blog Post

This is the most pics I've ever put in one blog post, but I'm in a great mood today because our Paper Pushers show was awesome last night and I want to share the pics with you...

First off, Gene Guynn did an amazing job selling five of his eight pieces in the show! Gene is one of our amazing interns here at 1988SF and his work got quite a bit of attention last night! Very exciting! Matt Dangler also has an insane piece in the show, which is to the left of Gene's work. Kinda blurry, but you can see a much better pic on the Available Artwork page HERE -

Irma Rivera also works here at the SF gallery. I have to say, we work with some really talented artists! There is so much detail in her pieces (middle of the above image), you can tell she spent a lot of time on these and they're only $350.00! Incredible!

And last, but def not least for the 1988 gang, here's Cory Benhatzel's work in the above image. She made these really sweet framed pieces and hand painted each frame to match! "Owl Music Box" is my favorite! Again, blurry pic, but you can see a much better one on our website.

We use photobucket for uploading the show artwork to the web and unfortunately they don't like adult-ish images. So, I wanted to show you the uncensored image of Rude's "Lolitas." This is what the piece really looks like...

And lastly, because I'm in a good mood today I wanted to show you one of the new prints we're working on. I'm especially excited because we just printed the first one and they look SO GOOD!

See you all in LA for Cult this Friday!

G1988 San Francisco

Friday, August 15, 2008

Poo Pretzels

Katie is knee deep in an SF Paper Pushers opening as I type this, and I'm supposed to be on a "vacation," but still had to fill you in on two things...


And tune into NBC Saturday morning for LXTV: 1st Look LA" at 7:30 AM (OK...then just TiVo it) and again at 1:00 AM after SNL for a nice little story on the upcoming CFC2.


G1988: LA

Thursday, August 14, 2008



Now buy 1988 products with just the PayPal click of a button. And to celebrate, we put up a limited number of the Angry Woebots shirt/print combos for the first time via the Internet(s), so go over now. That's where we'll be selling the Scott Campbell, Andrew Wilson and 2cents Crazy 4 Cult posters on August 23rd, so get used to it.

G1988: LA