The ToonSeum Goes Retro 8-Bit with latest ExhiBIT!
If you haven't had the chance to check out the new exhibition at the ToonSeum, you need to get there by July 6th. Pittsburgh’s museum of comic and cartoon art is going retro, showcasing "Art-Bit" the 8-Bit Art of Victor Dandridge.
The exhibition features popular superheroes, television icons, celebrities and more that have been reimagined into 8-bit characters.8-bit is a term used to describe the images used in video games of the 1980’s, popularized by the Nintendo Entertainment System. Characters such as Mario, Megaman, and Donkey Kong rose to prominence during this 8-bit Era.The blocky pixelated style has become as iconic as the games themselves and is currently playing a “bit” part in a digital pop art resurgence.Artist Victor Dandridge, of Columbus Ohio, is at the forefront of this movement.Victor is an independent publisher, artist, educator and life long comics fan. His 8-bit art was initially a way to stand out stylistically at comic conventions. He has gone on to create hundreds of individual works. This is the first gallery exhibition of his work.“While it would be easy to dismiss the art as simplistic, his work is deceivingly complex.” said ToonSeum director, Joe Wos. "A great deal of thought goes into the choosing of the color palate, and positioning of blocks, in order to convey enough information to represent these iconic characters.”Joe had seen Victor’s work recently at a comic convention in Chicago. As he witnessed the crowd gathered around Victor trying to guess the characters, he knew immediately it would make an engaging exhibition.
The tiny creations are printed and displayed on trading card size prints. To engage the audience with the art, the ToonSeum has left the prints untitled and encourages visitors to guess the characters! They can then submit their guesses to the ToonSeum to enter and win comic and gaming oriented prizes.The exhibition is sponsored by Schell Games and runs through July 6th 2014.