All I have to say after looking at the artist line-up and preview images is HOLY S**T! There is some serious talent here as well as some stunning images. Hero Complex Gallery has sharpened their Hanzos and are revving engines as they announce their first art exhibition…landing on Friday, January 11th, 2013, from 7-11pm in Los Angeles: “Weapon of Choice!”
The theme revolves around art inspired by prominent characters of fiction, historical reference, or pop culture, and their relationship with their iconic “weapon,” that one thing that is inextricably tied to their character. Perhaps their weapon is provocative like seduction, or stealth, or sex, or power. Or perhaps its that one item that brought them fame or dishonor, like Hendrix’ guitar, Lenny Bruce’s microphone, or a samurai’s final honorable act of seppuku.
There are 2 ways to get Laurent’s special maple wood variant. 1 will be given away to one of the first 150 people at the show and the other way is via auction/donation in support of the recent Newtown tragedy.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. We have decided to produce some special artwork, a maple wood glow-in-the-dark variant of Laurent Durieux’s Buck Rogers, with 100% of the proceeds donated to help the Newtown community. Thank you to artist, Laurent Durieux for donating his art to this cause, and to the Dille Family Trust for allowing these special pieces to be made in support of the Newtown community.“
Some of the other artists for the event include: Tracie Ching, Laurent Durieux, Blunt Graffix, Bruce Yan, Bruce, White, Chris Harper, Craig Drake, Adam Wheatley, Adam Worsell, AJ Masthay, Ale Giorgini, Ali Castro, Justin Anville, Godmachine, Ian Glaubinger, Joshua Budich, JP Valderrama, Marie Bergeron, Matt Ferguson, Tim Doyle and Trev Murphy.
But it could and should live in traditional weapons from pop culture and fictional influences too. It could be Hellboy wielding his mighty Right Fist of Doom, Slim Pickens as Major Kong riding The Bomb to oblivion in Dr. Strangelove, or the ending scene of Romeo and Juliet with the fateful poisoned dagger.
Perhaps it’s Indiana Jones cracking his bullwhip, Peter Vincent warding off vampires with his cross in Fright Night, or Mad Max tearing down the ripped up desert asphalt in the last of the V-8 Interceptors.
Whatever the weapon of choice, the gauntlet has been thrown down and some of Hero Complex Gallery’s favorite artists have responded with paintings, prints and soft sculpture creations of clever concepts that explore this unique theme. Please check out a few of their artist previews that are a testament of how exhilarating the variations of this theme can be.
Who: Hero Complex Gallery
What: “Weapon of Choice!” Art Exhibition
Description: Prominent characters of fiction and their iconic “weapons” When: Opening Reception: Friday, January 11th, 7-11pm
Saturday Hours – 11am-7pm, Sunday Hours – 11am-3pm
Where: Design Matters, 11527 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
For further information about Hero Complex Gallery or Weapon of Choice, please visit their website HERE or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This one is going to be incredible and is a fantastic way to start off 2013. GO!
Tracie Ching has produced a beautiful Game of Thrones-inspired piece called “Ice,” a 12×36″ 4-color design with metallic inks, of the Damascus steel sword of the same name that comes from House Stark. She has made a lovely set of six 6″x9″ handbills that are available for purchase with her print, which are only available as a gallery exclusive.
Portions of the proceeds from all Hero Complex Gallery shows will benefit multiple charities, with this show benefitting not just the Newtown community, but also the Motion Picture & Television Fund. The Motion Picture & Television Fund was created by luminary entertainers like Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith, who realized a need to assist entertainment industry members who had fallen on hard times. Adam is an active member of the Directors Guild of America and has worked in the entertainment industry for most of his life. He has seen the lives of many people who entertain us (and inspire our art!) fall on hard times, so this charity is very close to his heart. Come out, see amazing art, support good causes. WIN, WIN, WIN for all.
The Following Artists will be in attendance tonight:
Matt Dye / Blunt Graffix
The FIRST 50 PEOPLE GET A SPECIAL GIFT
that gives them special rewards on future shows,
be there to find out what!