This was originally published on our Facebook page on August 22nd, 2013: When Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost walked into the small rectangular room, it was as if The Beatles had just landed at JFK. The crowd was immediately, magnetically drawn to them, seeking photos, autographs, or just the chance to talk for a minute with one of their idols. To Film Geeks–these are their gods. This was Gallery 1988 on August 20th, the opening night of their brand new Edgar Wright exhibition. Trailers From Hell was there.
Over the past 10 years, director and TFH Guru Edgar Wright has turned out some of the greatest genre comedies this side of John Landis and Joe Dante (i.e., An American Werewolf in London, Into the Night, The Howling, The ‘Burbs, Gremlins 2). His works, which include Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, and now the imminent release and conclusion to his Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End, all have a sharp satiric bite, and just that perfect amount of lovable British humor. His fan base is large, and growing ever larger. Fans come to screenings dressed as his title characters; Scott Pilgrim, Shaun, or any of the other memorable characters from his films.
At about 7pm, we walked through the doors and entered the packed room, full of excitement, and anticipation, the artists stood there staring at their pieces. The artwork seemed to jump off of the walls; kinetic, colorful, and unique. This was some exciting new work based on the already exciting films of one of the greatest directors working today. As I turned to my left, there was a glass case, showcasing various sculptures inspired by Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and even Edgar Wright’s Don’t trailer for the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino Grindhouse double feature. Sitting atop the glass case like some sideshow gargoyle was a piñata of a dead Edgar Wright–assuming he was a zombie from Shaun (created By Elin Adler and Mick Minogue).
Strolling through the gallery was like having a walkthrough in Edgar Wright-land. There was a three-foot-tall mixed media sculpture of Simon Pegg as Shaun (by Darin Shock), there was a “Get to the Winchester” board game by Nick Stokes, which Edgar Wright bought for himself (he’s probably playing it right now), along with many other great, great pieces.
Some of the highlights include a pen and ink Hot Fuzz-inspired piece by Nathan Chesshir (tweet him @nathanchesshir), a cartoonish Spaced-inspired print entitled “Spaced Wars” by none other than Nathan Hamill of Bongo Comics (find him @nathanhamill), son of Mark (AKA Luke Skywalker), two great acrylic paintings by Ashton Gallagher, an Edgar Wright paper collage by John Rozum, a trilogy of “Little Cornetto” books by Joey Spiotto, a “The Winchester” print by Doug LaRocca, “The Greater Good” video-game inspired Hot Fuzz print by Aled Lewis (@aled), Beau Berkley’s “Simon Quest”, a killer glow-in-the-dark Shaun of the Dead print by Ridge (find her @ridgerooms), and finally 100% Soft’s brilliant cartoon/Bryan Lee O’Malley-esque take on Shaun of the Dead entitled “Don’t Say the Zed Word” (find him @100soft).
Being there for the gallery’s opening was great experience for TFH. Not only did we get to connect with brilliant artists, the work inspired by our own TFH Guru, it was great to get out from Twitterland and to speak with our viewers in-person. I encourage all of our readers to go and check out this gallery if you can to not only support Edgar Wright (whose The World’s End comes out this Friday), but to also be sure to support the talented artists who have created these brilliant pieces of art. I hope that there are many gallery opening visits in TFH’s future.
TFH Story Editor
Update: Gallery 1988 is currently running their new show, CRAZY 4 CULT presents SAY HI TO THE BAD GUY, which is running now through November 9th.
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Gallery 1988 is located at 7308 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046
The Edgar Wright exhibit was on display through September 7th, 2013.
For those not in the LA Area, you can view and purchase artwork here: