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April 3, 2005 8:54 AM   Subscribe

I am 8 bit is a celebration of the pixelated graphics of 80s videogames, at LA's Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight. A hundred artists have produced paintings, sculptures and designs inspired by the two-dimensional imagery of the pre-PlayStation era. The exhibition runs from April 19 until May 20. More information, including highlights from the gallery, appear at Game Informer. It remains to be seen if the other ninety-nine artists can match the quality of Sean Clarity's exceptional reworking of the cover to NES classic Excitebike.
posted by nthdegx (18 comments total)

 
The Mario painting reminds me a lot of Philip Guston.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 9:05 AM on April 3, 2005


My favorite is the Kirby one.
posted by hughbot at 9:19 AM on April 3, 2005


I'm totally going to go to this gallery. And now that I'm all grown up and shit, I might even buy my first piece of art.

Woot!
posted by Fofer at 9:38 AM on April 3, 2005


A few noticable names on the opening night list. I wish they had an online pic of what Steve Purcell (Sam & Max) did.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 9:46 AM on April 3, 2005


very coal; children of the '80s, this is our legacy.
posted by naxosaxur at 12:31 PM on April 3, 2005


Great stuff. Thanks, nthdegx.
posted by painquale at 12:40 PM on April 3, 2005


umm,what's with that first link?
posted by jepler at 1:46 PM on April 3, 2005


Yaaay!
posted by Baby_Balrog at 2:46 PM on April 3, 2005


This exhibit is a great excuse to visit LA. Off to find a cheap flight.
posted by jcruelty at 4:25 PM on April 3, 2005


I see "This site is under construction." on iam8bit.net.
posted by frenetic at 5:37 PM on April 3, 2005


nthdegx, I had this in my "to post" collection. Thanks for saving me the trouble!
posted by shoepal at 6:47 PM on April 3, 2005


This is awesome, just got back from seeing Sin City, and i find out there is an 8-bit art show on Melrose. Can't wait...beep boop bleep.
posted by schyler523 at 6:54 PM on April 3, 2005


Hehe, Peter Gilquist (who did the pac man grenade) has a joke site about baby plastic sugery.
posted by frecklefaerie at 7:56 PM on April 3, 2005


why does all the cool retro game stuff happen on the west coast?
posted by TechnoLustLuddite at 10:33 PM on April 3, 2005


I get what frenetic gets.
posted by krisjohn at 11:05 PM on April 3, 2005


umm,what's with that first link?

Well clearly it wasn't that way when I wrote the entry. Try back later?
posted by nthdegx at 1:35 AM on April 4, 2005


frecklefaerie: That baby plastic surgery link is great...I'm still laughing!
posted by schyler523 at 1:56 AM on April 4, 2005


i'm seeing the same on the first link, but the obvious solution is to just check out the "excitebike" link at the end. that will take you to the beginning of the gallery.
posted by jimmy at 5:58 AM on April 4, 2005


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