Mondo Gallery goes JURASSIC.

Jurassic Park is the first movie I ever saw in a theater. I was five years old and my family brought me to a giant, megaplex cinema. I got popcorn, soda and candy and sat second row for one of the biggest blockbuster movies ever. Watching the film I was overcome with excitement, fear, wonder and a lot of confusion. As a child I understood that movies weren’t real. My parents had explained to me that men and women created them to tell stories. What I couldn’t understand after watching Jurassic Park is how the men and women who made this movie were able to get real dinosaurs to act in it. I was convinced that they must have used some sort of magic. How else could I have watched a triceratops take breaths so deep they moved a grown man?

It was that scene, in which Dr. Sattler and Dr. Grant scrutinizing the beauty of the sick animal, which stuck with me long after leaving the theater. That moment, more so than the famous first sighting of the brachiosauruses, allowed me to connect with the characters in a deeply emotional way. We shared in the awe-inspiring sight of a real dinosaur. Not in fear, but in total amazement. To them it was just as much of a spectacle as what I was witnessing seated in the darkened room.

It wasn’t until I was gifted a copy of the book, The Making Of Jurassic Park, that I began to understand that the magic I believed in was called “filmmaking.” Talented artists and craftsmen used practical and digital effects to bring to life the amazing creatures that appeared on screen in front of me. They were the real wizards. I pored over the pages of the book, reading every line, examining every photo and illustration. This obsession sparked a love of movies and art that still inspires me to this day.

Now, over twenty years after John Hammond first appeared on screen to capture the imagination of the entire planet, a new chapter in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World, is opening in theaters. To celebrate the release of the new movie, Mondo is hosting an entire gallery exhibit dedicated to the franchise, titled When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth. With over thirty pieces of new artwork we aim to honor the iconic world created by Stephen Spielberg and his team.

Each artist in the show is utilizing their unique talent and skills to reinterpret imagery from the films. Some are depictions of famous scenes and characters while others are images befitting the walls of the famous park gift shop. All of the artwork is rich with love and produced by people with stories similar to mine. Our hope is to create a new Jurassic Park experience for old fans and new, just as Jurassic World seeks to do the same.

Please join us on June 12th for the opening reception, or view the artwork online after at

Mondo Gallery Presents: When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth
Opening Reception June 12th 7-10pm
On Display June 12th – June 27th
4115 Guadalupe St. Austin, TX

This was originally published in the July issue of Birth.Movies.Death. magazine. See Jurassic World at the Alamo Drafthouse starting Thursday!