As both a pop art collector and an unreasonably passionate Stanley Kubrick fan, it causes me great pain to know that I can't be in San Francisco this weekend for the opening of Spoke Art's Kubrick: A Tribute Show. Spoke Art's delivered a number of great showcases in the past (including their long-running Bad Dads series-- based on the films of Wes Anderson-- and the Martin Scorsese tribute show they brought to New York City in 2012), but this one might be my all-time favorite.
Over 60 artists (!!!) are participating in this showcase, and the lineup includes a bunch of exciting names (among them: the great Chuck Sperry, Nicole Gustaffson, Sam Ho, Jessica Deahl, Fernando Reza, New Flesh, Cuyler Smith, and Rhys Cooper). And in addition to the requisite crop of limited edition art prints, Kubrick: A Tribute Show will also feature original paintings and sculptures. Here's how Spoke Art's describing the event:
Widely known for his controversial techniques and highly controlled directorial style, Kubrick has fabricated a diverse repertoire of films and imagined worlds for his viewers. One of the great idiosyncratic masterminds in history’s cinema, Kubrick has cultivated a noteworthy genre completely his own. Critical discussions of humanity, morality and social justice all appear in his work regularly. Contextually disparate but psychologically banded, all of Kubrick’s films challenge the viewer both intellectually and ethically. A true auteur, Kubrick’s work pushes our understanding of human nature to severe place. Extreme violence, salaciousness and deranged psychological behavior are commonplace motifs instrumented to establish Kubrick’s pessimistic undertones. Even through satire, Kubrick manages to take levity to a place of lunatic proportion. All the artists were allowed to select the film of their choosing, there were no guidelines on subject matter or content. Each artist was given free reign to re-interpret and render their take on Kubrick’s entire cinematic collection. Resulting in a variegated display, KUBRICK is an experiment in modernity, a cross-section between film and art.
Let's take a look at some of the preview images Spoke Art's released thus far:
Here's the full lineup of artists: Aaron Jasinski, Akira Beard, Alex Kirzhener, Anarkitty, Audrey Pongracz, Brian Ewing, Brian Methe, Bruce White, Christine Hostetler, Crowded Teeth, Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Cuyler Smith, Dave MacDowell, Gene Guynn, Guillaume Morellec, Irma Rivera, Jen Mann, Jesse Riggle, Johannah O’Donnell, John Wentz, Jon Wayshack, Kate Zambrano, Kate Copeland, Kiersten Essenpreis, Mandy Tsung, Michael Ramstead, Nicole Gustafsson, Robert Wilson, Sandi Calistro, Sarah Joncas, Tim Maclean, Veronica Fish, Epyon 5, , Jayde Fish, Meghan Stratman, Adam Maida, Brandon Schaefer, Chris Skinner, Chuck Sperry, Dan Black, David Moscati, Doug LaRocca, Eiko Ojala, Fernando Reza, Glen Brogan, James Gilleard, Jermaine Rogers, Jessica Deahl, Joshua Budich, Justin VanGenderen, Blunt Graffix, Oliver Barrett, Rhys Cooper, Sam Gilbey, Sam Ho, Sam Smith, Scott Mitchell, Tim Jordan, Tracie Ching, Bartosz Kosowski, Thomas Walker, Van Orton Design, New Flesh, Vincent Aseo, Geoff Trapp, Steve Yamane, and Ivonna Buenrostro. Phew!
Kubrick: A Tribute Show opens this Saturday at 6pm (no cover, free drinks!), and will remain open through September 27th. An online sale-- for all of us who aren't able to make the pilgrimage to San Francisco this weekend-- will happen via Spoke Art's online store shortly thereafter, so keep your eyes trained to this page if you're interested in picking something up. I know I'm definitely gunning for a few of these. God help my bank account when I get a look at some of the others.