Up until recently, my idea of art lied somewhere between the mashed potatoes I meticulously sculpted into what I thought resembled the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the reminisce of my beard trimmings which I carefully rearranged into the outline of an Ewok on my bathroom counter.
[Photo courtesy of LA Weekly – http://www.laweekly.com/slideshow/ghostbusters-30th-anniversary-art-show-gallery-1988-41242684/11/]
Nonetheless, that all changed a few years ago when I started my tenure on the comic convention circuit where my eyes were opened to the vast array of creative endeavors revolving around all of my current and past favorite pop culture properties. The whole journey has also opened up my wallet in ways I could have never—this still manages to bring me to tears to this day.
Seriously, I’ve opened my bank account to so many incredible pieces of original Ghostbusters, X-Files, Spider-Man and Transformers fine art that it would make more sense to open my own framing store rather than take everything to a local framing retailer. That doesn’t even count the extra 19 bedrooms I’m going to need to properly display each piece once it’s been immortalized behind overpriced glass and wood.
Hence you can understand my slight trepidation, yet overwhelming excitement when I heard that Gallery 1988 would be putting on a traveling Ghostbusters art show in honor of the film’s 30th Anniversary since its release.
Seeing as the first showing in New York was about 2400 miles out of my way, I settled on visiting the second leg of the trip held at Gallery 1988’s studio in Los Angeles, CA from May 17th – June 1st. Upon driving by the studio on the opening day of the Ghostbusters event, I was utterly shocked to see a line close to a quarter-mile long and six people wide wrapped around Melrose Ave waiting to get into the exhibit. It was a sight that brought a smile to my face, and I’m sure the gallery owners as well.
To be fair, at about 10 feet wide and 75 feet deep, the gallery itself required you step outside just to change your mind. However, if you are a Ghostbusters fan, once inside the cramped quarters, the experience was akin to being a kid in a very expensive candy shop where you don’t actually eat your spoils.
From glow-in-the-dark terror dog prints to Twinkie homages, if it was in Ghostbusters, it was on display in every conceivable artistic styling one could dream of. While my mind was dreaming of needing a house with an additional bedroom, my wallet was pleading with me to either lock it away permanently or permanently disable it ala Theon Greyjoy. Fortunately, we struck a compromise and I walked away with just two prints of artist DKNG’s simplistic front-facing portrayal of the Ecto-1. Both complement each other nicely while also allowing for themed decoration during the holidays.
Since my words can’t really tell a thousand pictures, I will go ahead and let my photos speak for themselves:
[Photo courtesy of LA Weekly – http://www.laweekly.com/slideshow/ghostbusters-30th-anniversary-art-show-gallery-1988-41242684/25/]
[***NEXT EVENT DATES: The next Gallery 1988 Ghostbusters event will be held in Chicago this weekend, June 20th – 22nd. The final leg of the trip will wrap up – appropriately enough – in San Diego on the main floor of Comic-Con International during July 23rd – 27th.]