You know that thing when you play video games for so long that you get that headache? You sit down to play a game and suddenly find yourself squinting, starving, and squirming to go to the bathroom 14 hours later. No matter what you do, your eyes are screaming for something different. Like maybe seeing original art inspired by all of your favorite video game characters?
Guess what?! If you’re in Los Angeles, give your eye nerves that much needed screen break and run out to iam8bit’s 10th anniversary art show at their gallery space in Echo Park.
Co-curator Jon M. Gibson’s passion for the culture and history of gaming is thoroughly explored within the 150+ original pieces of 100 artists from all over the world. He explained to us what’s at the heart of the experience — “Videogames are just as important to culture as movies, music, books, and beyond. iam8bit strives to pay loving homage to the incredible imagination that was present in retro games, with an eye toward immortalizing the characters and worlds we love.”
After spending some time at the exhibit, I’d have to say they’ve succeeded. By seeking out extraordinary artists who have unique interpretations on video gamedom, the similarities between art and games are made even more clear — the influence each has on pop culture was on display across their spacious 4,500 square foot gallery. It’s a love letter to our generation about one of the most defining characteristics of our childhoods.
In addition to being able to view the art as the artists intended, you are able to purchase prints and various collectibles. (Like these guys!)
Not only do they work towards the immortalization of video games as an art form, iam8bit’s wheelhouse also includes organizing screenings and concerts, producing content for some of the biggest brands in entertainment, and developing original ideas that will continue their legacy as one of the most vocal champions of what the marriage of unbound imagination and talent can accomplish.
So drop everything and visit the exhibit, running through July 5th, 2015. There was a pretty significant turnout for opening night, but that just means there’ll be plenty of fellow purveyors of fine gaming art to geek out with.
And if you’re still not convinced, check out some more photos from the iam8bit 10th Anniversary art show below.
Do you have a favorite gaming moment you hope to see reimagined?
Photos from iam8bit’s 10th Anniversay Show via Aaron Hallaway