Friday, August 12, 2011
SUPER iam8bit :: VIDEO GAMES & ART :: ECHO PARK
My work was fortunate to be involved with iam8bit, who recently had a show in Los Angeles.
The line stretched down the block on Thursday, August 11, for the opening of "SUPER iam8bit" at iam8bit world headquarters in Echo Park. Hundred of international artists participated in the show, which featured a gigantic Galaga game and an interactive Kinect hack.
iam8bit founder Jon Gibson says the opening of the new Super iam8bit art show in Los Angeles' Echo Park neighborhood this week is really about a "rebirth." Iam8bit is not only premiering over 100 new pieces by artists inspired by old-school video games, but it's also showing off a brand new gallery space, and reinventing itself as a company.
"It was just me before, by my lonesome for so many years," says Gibson. "And now I have three partners and we're all equal, and we're all taking charge." Taylor Harrington, Amanda White, and Nick Ahrens have now officially joined the company, and the group will all work together on the art collective's various projects.
The new space will be helpful as well -- iam8bit originally found it while putting an event together with Capcom, and eventually leased it themselves. Gibson plans to use it for a number of different functions. "It's so big," he says. "We can do shows here, we can have concerts, we can do movie screenings."
The Super iam8bit show has a book associated with it, currently available in the gallery's storefront, open for business Thursdays through Saturdays in LA. And the art show itself is open for the next month