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Review: Crazy 4 Cult 4 by Apricot Mantle

The Creep Machine was lucky to get one of the participants of the Crazy 4 Cult 4 show, Apricot Mantle, to not only take some photos of the event for us, but write a review as well. Hit the link to see the rest of the photos and the review. Hopefully we can talk Apricot into doing this more often.

People, really hot insanely crowded room, crazy art, and more people, oh my! This was the setting for the craziest Crazy for Cult show yet. Did I mention there were lots of people there? Let me just say this, the line for Crazy 4 Cult 4 at Gallery 1988 LA started at 5 PM and stayed about 100 or so people out the door till 10 PM. All with very good reason I assure you.

Getting to the front door and proceeding through the gallery was almost like being on some sort of fantastical human transporting conveyor system. Once you land in line you get propelled into this room and shimmy along the wall and view some of the coolest and well imagined cult movie culture inspired artwork your eyes can fancy. Scuffing along at a slow but steady pace you are welcomed by Ken Keirn’s painting inspired by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It looks beautiful in person and is a very unique take on that movie. Just when you start really getting into the details of Ken’s piece you are moved along to more fantastic art. Soon down the line comes Scott Listfield’s Star Wars inspired piece that features a slightly curious astronaut walking past a building with an ever so recognizable expertly rendered R2D2 following close behind. You think to yourself, “Was I just looking through a window into Star Wars land?” Before you can answer that thought you are conveyored to the next group of paintings.

With over 100 artists in a Cult movie themed group show you are bound to pack the house. Artists like N.C. Winters, Gene Guynn, Dave, MacDowell, Ken Garduno, APAK, Augie Pagan, and Apricot Mantle, oh wait that’s me :) all came through with making a very memorable Crazy for Cult Show. I gotta say some of my personal favorites to see in real life were Matt Burlingame’s awesome “Dawn of the Dead Fun Kit”. It consisted of a little hand crafted Mr. Potato Head style zombie figurine in a box complete with all of the fun living dead attachable pieces a zombie flick lover could imagine. Dave MacDowell’s amazing style and imagination came through in his painting of, “Breakfast Fight Club”. Augie Pagan’s anagramrific piece inspired by The Usual Suspects was a crowd pleaser putting smiles on many fans faces. There was something really cool and simple but expertly done about Tom Haubrick’s Donnie Darko inspired piece. Sometimes it is just so freak’n cool to see our favorite cult movies re-dreamt and re-mashed up by some of our favorite artists. Just to see these movies in a style that is totally original again is mind-blowing fun.

Did I also mention the heat. Oh yeah, hot art but a hot crowded gallery is always a sign of a good show. LA is full of small gallery’s that are body heat activated, but this time it was really worth the sweat. It was really cool being one of the artists in such an epic group show. The only down side is the body heat that a room of 500 people brings with it. However, it was very awesome to sit back and see the reaction of so many eager faces as they came in the front door and looked into a world of utter amazing art. Being an artist myself you really can’t help yourself but to modestly be a fly on the wall and try to hear the response people share with their buddies about your work. I was excited to see that people seemed to be digg’n my tribute to the first Evil Dead movie and my favorite actor in the world Bruce Campbell! This was my first time showing at G1988 and I will never forget it.

Thank you Kevin, Scott, Jensen, Katie, Amber and all of the talented artists of Crazy 4 Cult 4 that put on the most amazing an awesome Cult Movie Art show experience ever!
If I were to rate this art show I would give it 10 out of 10, can not wait for next year’s!

If you would like to see the rest of the art of “Crazy 4 Cult 4: The Case of the Redundant Number” visit Here
The artwork is priced very reasonable so I recommend checking it out soon.

If you would like to know more about what I do you can check out my website at Apricotmantle.com

Later my art digg’n friends,

Apricot

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