Video Game Picassos

Posted Apr 18th 2007 9:00AM by Evan Shamoon
Filed under: Video Games, Slideshows

Last night in Los Angeles, a line extended down the street outside of Gallery 1988 as enthusiasts of art, classic video games and free booze waited to check out the opening of this year's I Am 8-Bit art opening. The diverse lineup of artwork (over 200 pieces by more than 100 artists) was fueled by gamer nostalgia, with all of the work inspired by old-school video games. Mario and Luigi drinking moonshine? Check. The Frog from 'Frogger' now on crutches as a result of being hit by multiple cars? Check. Link and Princess Zelda goofing off in a photo booth? Check.

Other highlights included performances by nerdcore bands ComputeHer and 8 Bit Weapon, a mammoth five-and-a-half foot Atari controller hooked up to games being projected on a wall outside, and a surprising number of living, breathing women (generally a rarity at video game-related events).

Get your art collector on at 1988 Gallery, and find more info at I Am 8-bit.

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