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Art Show Imagines Blade Runner 2054 And Other Sequels That Never Were

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Science fiction film history is filled with fascinating projects that never quite came together, a steady stream of “what if?” projects in a genre fixated and propelled along by that very question. We’re talking about Steven Spielberg’s Night Skies, the batshit-crazy project that evolved into E.T.; or Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune, or a William Gibson-scripted Alien 3. Those daydream speculations about movies we wish were real is at the heart of Los Angeles art gallery iam8bit’s new show “Sequel.” Described as “part tribute and part cultural commentary,” the show opens this week at the gallery on Sunset Boulevard, and features a ton of artists creating poster art for films that never were, such as Blade Runner 2054 (art by Cory Schmitz).

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Thrift Store Paintings Are Better When Vandalized With Star Wars

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StarDestroyerStar Wars has become one of the juggernauts of popular culture, and it’s only going to get bigger thanks to Rebels, Episode VII, and the rest. Disney seems to be taking the same coordinated multi-media approach as they have with their Marvel wing, so we can expect to see Star Wars, well, everywhere in the years to come. But one place I wouldn’t have expected the galaxy far, far away to infiltrate is the canvases of second-hand thrift-shop paintings. One clever artist, however, is doing just that. Macklemore would be so proud.

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Superhero Kids Art Will Tap Right Into Your Nostalgia Gland

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WhoKidI’d imagine most of GFR’s readership fell in love with science fiction at an early age. Back when you didn’t have a care in the world and the afternoons seemed to stretch on for years, it was easy to let yourself dream about climbing aboard a sleek starship and seeing what was out there. As you get old you face the disheartening realizations of just how hard space exploration can be, and that far too few share your passion for it. Artist Andy Fairhurst’s “Superhero Kids” series taps into nostalgia for those simpler times in a powerful, visceral way that instantly snaps me back to the warm summer nights of my childhood, when a broken branch worked just fine as a lightsaber and the empty field across the street stood in for any number of alien worlds.

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Alien, Inception, And More Reimagined As Traditional Ottoman Paintings

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It never fails to amaze me just how many out-of-left-field ways creative fans come up with to remix and riff on their favorite movies. We’ve seen animated gifs designed to look like custom neon art. We’ve seen Lucasfilm and ILM employees take sidewalk art to the next level. And now? Now we can see what classic science fiction films such as Alien, Inception, and A Clockwork Orange would look like if adapted into traditional Ottoman-style paintings. See if you can guess which one this is.

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How Frank Paul’s Sci-Fi Art Went From Pulp Covers To Forrest J. Ackerman’s Walls

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ABaliens-bigOne of the things I love most about the golden age of science fiction is the cover art that adorned such iconic publications as Amazing Stories and Astounding Science-Fiction. Long before man set foot on the moon and we realized just how difficult exploring space was going to be, pulp covers gave us visions of strange alien vistas and the fantastic vessels that would take us there. One of the talents behind some of that iconic art was Frank R. Paul, dubbed by The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction as the “father of modern SF illustration.” Paul’s covers for Amazing Stories and other such publications were, well, amazing.

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Fantastical Art Peppers Reality With Robots And Rusting Tech

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passerines_1920_badgeIt seems to happen every few weeks on this job, but I’ve fallen in love with a newly discovered artist yet again. It’s not terribly surprising, I guess. I grew up having my art transported to far-off worlds by artists like Robert McCall, Drew Struzan, and Chris Foss, so I’m always looking for someone else whose talents can capture my imagination in the same way. Today that person is artist Simon Stalenhag, whose work mixes gorgeous landscapes with fantastic technology straight off a sci-fi book cover, snapshots of day-to-day life with machines that seem to have fallen backwards through time.

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