Saturday, April 7, 2012

Pokémon Battle Royale art show

I don't think I've ever wished I lived in Minneapolis, but there's a first time for everything, right? Well, after seeing a sample of the amazing pieces to be included in the Pokémon Battle Royale show at the Light Grey Art Lab, I sure wish I did. 
151 artists contributing to catalogue all original 151 pokémon? Anyone want to fly me to Minneapolis for opening night? They're going to be serving Pokémon-themed drinks!

If any of you do live in the area, I highly suggest making your way to the Light Grey Art Lab to view these gorgeous pieces of art in person. And if you're interested in attending the opening on April 20th, by all means do so, and blog about it so the rest of us can live through you! More information on the show is available on the gallery's website

But luckily many of the pieces have already starting circulating around the web, so if you're like me and have absolutely no hope of making it to Minneapolis, you'll likely be able to find many, if not all, of the art online at some point. Here's a roundup of my personal favorites!

Venusaur by Mare Odomo
Dragonite by Chie Y. Boyd
Gloom by Julianna Brion
Clefable by Katie Turner
Honestly, I don't think there's one I don't like! You should definitely take a few minutes to see these, and if you have some more time on your hands, head over here to see the full list of what artist contributed which pokémon. Many have links to their personal portfolios, and if you do some digging you'll most likely be able to find their entry to the show. There are some big names in there, so it's definitely worth checking out! 

If you do, head back here and tell me which was your favorite! 

13 comments:

Alois Wittwer said...

I love practically everything that Mare Odomo does. So amazing :)

Motherplayer said...

Pokemon has brilliantly found a way to ingrain itself into western society. Seriously, never in 1000 years would I thought I'd see Pokemon used as a basis for an art presentation without it being a Parody. It truly has come a long way I must say.

apricotsushi said...

Alois – She's great, isn't she?? I'm just happy she did one of my favorite Pokemon :)

apricotsushi said...

Motherplayer – Once again, you bring up a great point! It is so extremely cool that we get to see things like serious art exhibits focused on Pokemon. What this and the video game exhibit at the Smithsonian... We're really entering a great era, aren't we?? And people are still arguing whether games can be art... I think these examples more than answer that question!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, this is *awesome*! I'm a really weird Pokemon fan in that I absolutely love all of the series' characters but have barely played any of the games they're featured in.

Anyway, I love the idea of this show as well as the execution. I especially love the style used in Julianna Brion's piece.

BTW, I'm pretty sure Mare is a guy. Regardless, I absolutely adore his/her stuff, too :)

apricotsushi said...

Bryan – Oh, you and me both! I love the Pokemon designs and am weirdly obsessed with merchandise featuring the cute characters, but even though I have a number of the games I've only actually ever "finished" one of them – and even then I only beat the Elite Four.

I generally tend to get sick of the games after 20-30 hours, as all in all, they're pretty tedious. But I do enjoy what I play! I just enjoy looking at pictures of the Pokemon more :)

Julianna's piece is great, isn't it? I love the eyes on the right-hand gloom, haha

Ah, and thank you for that! I wasn't sure, as I'm not extremely familiar with Mare's work – just some stuff I've found while surfing the web.

apricotsushi said...

Bryan – Oh, you and me both! I love the Pokemon designs and am weirdly obsessed with merchandise featuring the cute characters, but even though I have a number of the games I've only actually ever "finished" one of them – and even then I only beat the Elite Four.

I generally tend to get sick of the games after 20-30 hours, as all in all, they're pretty tedious. But I do enjoy what I play! I just enjoy looking at pictures of the Pokemon more :)

Julianna's piece is great, isn't it? I love the eyes on the right-hand gloom, haha

Ah, and thank you for that! I wasn't sure, as I'm not extremely familiar with Mare's work – just some stuff I've found while surfing the web.

Adam said...

I love the dragonite one

Chris Hajny said...
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Chris Hajny said...

Thanks for the kind words! I'm one of the co-founders of Light Grey Art Lab, and don't worry, we're creating an online version of the show with all 151 pieces (along with some extra pieces that will be in the 2nd gallery, like Professor Oak, Team Rocket, Ash etc done by special guest artists).

Just check out lightgreyartlab.blogspot.com, we'll have a post linking you to the final gallery. It should launch near the show's opening on April 20th!

apricotsushi said...

Adam – It's great, isn't it? The artist wrote on her site that she wanted to illustrate the move "dragon dance." So cute!

apricotsushi said...

Chris – Why hello! Thanks so much for stopping by. I think it's great that the Light Grey Art Lab will be featuring a Pokemon-themed art show. May I ask who came up with the theme? Is anyone involved a fan in particular?

And thanks for that – I'm ecstatic to hear you'll be compiling all of the pieces for easy access online.

I do sorely wish I still lived in the US! Maybe I'll have to move to Minneapolis just to check out all the other great classes and events :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Anne: Sounds like you and I are alike when it comes to Pokemon games. I've only finished one of the series' games, too -- that being Pokemon Red. Or at least I think I finished it. I honestly can't remember. I certainly played it long enough to finish it.

I'm soooooo close to getting to the Elite Four on Black/White. Maybe I should pick it up again and finally beat them...