Art and Video Games Collide: Highlights from the Super iam8bit Art Gallery

Art and Video Games Collide: Highlights from the Super iam8bit Art Gallery
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Currently on display on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles is the annual iam8bit art gallery-- an exhibit that combines works from local artists and love for '80s video game culture. The show was recently renamed to Super iam8bit, since this year's exhibit is bigger than those of previous tears and they've expanded the show space in a brand new venue. With over 200 works of art on display by over 100 artists, there's plenty to take in here.

After the jump are highlights from the exhibit.

A line that was two blocks long...just to get INTO the exhibit.
A line that was two blocks long...just to get INTO the exhibit.
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

By 8 P.M. of the opening day, the place was packed to the brim with people from all walks of life. Consisting of gaming geeks to the urban art hipsters, a line that extended for two blocks formed outside of the exhibit just to get into the place.

Art and Video Games Collide: Highlights from the Super iam8bit Art Gallery
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Once inside however, is a crowded exhibit venue that is filled with just about everything-- alcohol, colorful art displays, a red Koopa shell roaming around the show floor, a giant projection of someone playing Galaga, and even a working 6-foot tall, 200 pound Atari 2600 controller designed by artist Jason Torchinsky. The opening night also featured music from DJ R-Rated, musician Leeni and lyricist A Rival.

Dozens of people gather around this projection of some dude playing Galaga
Dozens of people gather around this projection of some dude playing Galaga
Peter Mai/OC Weekly
Mario terrorizing those poor, poor Koopas
Mario terrorizing those poor, poor Koopas
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Art and Video Games Collide: Highlights from the Super iam8bit Art Gallery
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Walls filled with colorful art displays from over 100 local artists
Walls filled with colorful art displays from over 100 local artists
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Art and Video Games Collide: Highlights from the Super iam8bit Art Gallery
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Art and Video Games Collide: Highlights from the Super iam8bit Art Gallery
Peter Mai/OC Weekly
3D recreations of Zelda items
3D recreations of Zelda items
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

The HORROR!
The HORROR!
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Ugh! Talk about creepy! Artist Darick Maasen constructed this "realistic" looking version of the para-Koopa by piecing together parts from various dead animals. As beautiful as it is, you can't help but be a little creeped out.

A work in progress
A work in progress
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Ever wondered how some of the artwork in iam8bit is made? Some of the displays in the gallery were being worked right in front of spectators who were curious enough to watch artwork come to life.

Art and Video Games Collide: Highlights from the Super iam8bit Art Gallery
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

 

A recreation of the battle between Ganon and Link
A recreation of the battle between Ganon and Link
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Most of the displays in the gallery were for sale. This painting of the battle between Link and Ganon, for example, sold for quite a pretty penny.
Art and Video Games Collide: Highlights from the Super iam8bit Art Gallery
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Art and Video Games Collide: Highlights from the Super iam8bit Art Gallery
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Of course, anything Monkey Island-related becomes a personal favorite
Of course, anything Monkey Island-related becomes a personal favorite
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Art and Video Games Collide: Highlights from the Super iam8bit Art Gallery
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

This is what it's like when worlds collide...
This is what it's like when worlds collide...
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Art and Video Games Collide: Highlights from the Super iam8bit Art Gallery
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

A cute collection of cuddly Kirbys
A cute collection of cuddly Kirbys
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Nintendo: graffiti-style
Nintendo: graffiti-style
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Art and Video Games Collide: Highlights from the Super iam8bit Art Gallery
Peter Mai/OC Weekly
A Kinect hack was on display that created a pixelated version of yourself
A Kinect hack was on display that created a pixelated version of yourself
Peter Mai/OC Weekly

Super iam8bit will be open until September 10. Check out their site for additional information.

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