Multiplayer: A Video Game Inspired Art Show!
by: Roger Barr

Gallery 1988 recently opened a new location in Venice, and while the location did feel extremely cramped with their huge crowds, we still managed to get photos of the video game inspired prints from the opening reception of their "MULTIPLAYER" show. For those of you who were unable to attend, here's a look at what was on display. Please excuse the glares on some of the images as all of the poster prints were displayed in cellophane sheets, which made 'em a bit difficult to photograph.

Duck Hunt target sheet! The big mistake here is that the dog isn't the target.

The many faces of Q*Bert! I think Barbershop quartet Q*bert is my favorite.

A Space Invaders monster prepares to invade our world!

A closer view of all the Space Invaders.



A fantastic Centipede print. Definitely one of my favorites from the evening.

Dragon's Lair!

Silent Hill.

Tetris heart.

We all know who the real King of Kong is.

Mega Man!

Missile Command!

Bubble Bobble.

Limited edition giclee print of I-Mockery's very own "8-bit Winter Wonderland" piece!
These signed & numbered limited prints are currently available on the Gallery 1988 web site.
Of course, if you can't afford the prints, we sell affordable poster versions here on I-Mockery.


Nice to see Altered Beast getting some love.

The Legend of Zelda: Overworld collage.

The Legend of Zelda: Underworld collage.

A tribute to Katamari Damacy.
(This one was created by Mike Mitchell, who you may know as the guy behind the "I'm With Coco" poster)


George vs. Seattle.

Lizzie vs. New York.

Ralph vs. Philadelphia.

Mega Man asking for directions again.


I was very happy to see one of my all-time favorite NES games, Wizards & Warriors, getting a nice tribute.

Mario and his warp zones.

Looks like Sam & Max have been hittin' the sauce.

Super Bowser Kart.

Pac-Man and Guitar Hero... together at last?

"From Russia With Love"
This simple Tetris tribute was easily my favorite poster at the show.

Castlevania as an ugly Christmas sweater? Genius. I'd wear it in a heartbeat.


More TRON.

We can all learn a lesson from Frogger.

At least the Duck Hunt dog isn't laughing at us... yet.

Looks like there was a Nintendo world champion in the crowd.

Some people discussing the 8-bit Winter Wonderland print.
It's always fun watching people as they look at it, trying to name all the characters they see.

Hooray for pixels!

Princess Toadstool is no longer in another castle.

Watch where you throw that barrel, Donkey Kong.


Ah life in Racoon City... good ol' Resident Evil.

Final Fantasy III.

Our pals Rob & Haley from Coin-Op TV were there to cover the show.

Also, they included me in their coverage of the show as you'll see me in a few of the interview segments below:

And that about wraps it up. Hope you enjoyed this little photo gallery of the Gallery 1988 Multiplayer art show and I hope they do another one again in 2011, because you can never have to many art shows paying tribute to video games. Never. Also, here's hoping they get a bigger space sometime in the near future because this new gallery location is WAAAY too small for the kind of crowds they always draw in. People were complaining that they could barely move in there, so it sounds like they're gonna need to start hunting for a new location again.

Again, if you have the means, please do order one of our limited edition giclee prints on the Gallery 1988 site. If you can't afford the archival print, we have the regular poster version still available here on I-Mockery.

Anyway, looking back at all the posters, there were some really nice works on display. What were some of your favorite pieces and why? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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Reader Comments

Jan 18th, 2011, 05:12 AM
I love these articles; wish I lived in a bigger city so I could go to stuff like this.
Jan 18th, 2011, 12:00 PM
I love seeing art inspired by video games!
Forgetable Cyborg
Jan 18th, 2011, 02:02 PM
Phew, a new article. I was a little worried for a bit...
Barbershop Q-Bert looks like he could just bust out into a punctuation-filled song at any moment. And I love the mischievious little moogle about to mess with his buddy's antenna bobber.
Strange blob from beyond
Jan 18th, 2011, 03:32 PM
pick up only in LA? Bugger
Jan 18th, 2011, 03:42 PM
Wow, those are fucking fantastic. Must have been a blast to go to.
Pickled Patriarch
Jan 18th, 2011, 03:48 PM
Originally Posted by caffman View Post
pick up only in LA? Bugger
You can order them online. That "pick up only in LA" simply means if you don't want them shipped, they're available for pick up only if you live in LA. But anything they sell on their site is available to be shipped regardless of where you live.
Jan 18th, 2011, 06:48 PM
What an amazing art show!
filthiest soap dish
Jan 18th, 2011, 08:10 PM
I really love the Castlevania sweatshirt and the from russia with love tetris theme. Amazing!
Cranberry Everything
Jan 19th, 2011, 01:56 AM
Very nice! I liked the "a" one; looks like DK is deep in thought. And the Rampage one would look great as a poster (which it appears to be designed for).
I hate this hacker crap!
Jan 19th, 2011, 05:07 PM
Amazing, I wish we got to see shows like that around these parts - although I haven't actively looked for around here.
I like that Resident Evil one, but I'm not a huge fan of those colours.
Forum Virgin
Jan 19th, 2011, 06:05 PM
Love the Dragons lair and Resident Evil posters
aint nobody
Jan 22nd, 2011, 12:33 AM
i'd like to go to one of these things, beats the local art scene
Sam Sam is offline
The Unicorn
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:25 AM
I want to own so many of those. I love the Silent Hill and Katamari.
Jan 26th, 2011, 12:15 AM
Wonderful pieces, but as a guy who *almost* considered a career in art, I've got to ask. What's with the lack of canvas work? Seriously they all seem to be prints and I'm guessing (can't tell by the pics) many are CG work that was printed out.

Nobody actually paints anymore?
Pickled Patriarch
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:53 AM
This show was put on by a poster company and specifically geared towards selling affordable pieces to the general public, so that's why there were no canvases.

That gallery puts on plenty of shows with amazing paintings and I've featured a variety of them here on the site in the past. There are tons of great galleries here in LA really, all of which have paintings galore. There are plenty of people out there still painting all the time. And I should know... I live with one of them.
Jan 27th, 2011, 10:21 PM
The art work is amazing.
Jan 29th, 2011, 08:30 PM
Gotcha Rog, that makes sense. I didn't mean to imply that nobody painted btw.... I just meant that anymore whenever I see postings of a art show there seems to be very little traditional media displayed. Maybe the poor economy has started this trend.
Full of Cartoons
Nov 22nd, 2011, 11:11 AM
Great art! Why is it hidden from most users?
Forum Virgin
Oct 18th, 2012, 06:18 AM
I've got a custom-made Quazatron sweater for my birthday in 2010:

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