Drew Wise, shirt king and beloved Internet artist had two pieces in the show, "Escher"; paying homage to the work of M.C. Escher and the transformation of Bruce Banner into the Hulk. His other piece paid homage to the poster for Metropolis called "Ultronopolis" with Ultron taking the place of the robot Maria. Fans were immediately drawn to the pieces, spouting "ooohs" and "ahhs."
He was right about empty spots with blue-prints for the Hulk Buster Armor, huge portraits of the Avengers ready to fight and wall to wall art of Ultron's robotic ugly mug there wouldn't be anywhere to put the their drawings other than the ceiling.
"First of all, I was just honored to be part of show, it was hard to think of a concept, but eventually...," remember those "oohs" and "ahhs" I mentioned artist Drew Wise got, it was his hard work. "I racked my brain, " Drew continued on about his Escher piece. His wife gave him the idea for his Metropolis piece. Drew flew out from Virgina to make it to the opening night and I left him, talking talking about video games, he was passed a drink and starting talking with some friends.
Far off in the back...was that the Avengers' "A"? By George, it was and from artist Kevin Wilson, also from England, who also just missed the film. "Sure, I've never seen it as creepy, " Kevin told me when I told him how Vision looked in his piece hovering over Iron Man. It takes you a few seconds to register all the Avengers in the piece and how they were put into it to form the A. "I was just looking at the battles in the film and I just wanted to show an outcome, a war zone essentially, " Kevin said about his piece. It took him about fifty hours to get the piece ready for the show.
Truck Torrence, also known as "100% Soft" took his art a different way. Hey you at home, would you like Ultron in your house as a home appliance? Well, now, " It's called "The Age of Ultron: Kitchen Essentials Collection ... I think it would be funny that after they defeated him they turn him into a line of home appliances, " Soft said. "I have Ultron as a Kitchen-Aid mixer, a toaster, a barbecue and a blender, " Soft continued. Soft left me hungry with "So Thor is making some Ultron cupcakes...Thor's really into home baking, it's a little known fact about Thor."
Having way too much of a good time was, what's his name? He made me have such a good time too, oh Bruce Yan. Bruce was partying hard with his piece depicting the ol' red- white-n-blue...and gray. He limited his colore palette for the piece, that looked like a comic book cover of old. "I felt they need to be patriotic, " Bruce told me as to why the flag was a big part of the piece.
I salute you Bruce and the rest of the artists for their marvelous work just based on a film known of them even saw yet.
Age of Ultron Art Showcase
On View: April 24 – May 17
Wednesday - Sunday, 11 AM - 6 PM PT
Hero Complex Gallery
2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D, Los Angeles, CA 90064
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