This Tuesday in LA: I Am 8-Bit

I Am 8-Bit

I Am 8-Bit, the yearly artistic celebration of retro-video games, returns tomorrow night, April 17, to Gallery 1988 (7020 Melrose Ave, LA, CA). This year’s lineup, curated as always by Jon Gibson, features over 100 artists. Tomorrow night’s opening party, from 7-11 pm, will also include music performances by 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer, a giant playable 5-1/2 foot Atari controller, and an installation designed by Tony Mora that’ll be projected inside and outside of the gallery. The installation is comprised of videogame sprite animation, including Super Mario Bros., Mega Man and Metroid, ripped directly from each of the games, frame-by-frame, and assembled in Flash.

Below are a few of the pieces on display this year. The artists are: (top to bottom) Joe Vaux, Michelle Valigura, Dave Wasson, Johnny Yanok, Amy Sol, Jon Burgerman, Carlos Ramos and Ryan Heshka.

I Am 8-Bit


  • Aaron

    Scott Campbell’s gonna be there too. He rocks!

  • GhaleonQ

    I still am impressed by the collection of pop art.

  • Bug

    “The installation is comprised of videogame sprite animation, including Super Mario Bros., Mega Man and Metroid, ripped directly from each of the games, frame-by-frame, and assembled in Flash.”

    Wait sprite animation?… Like that of newgrounds? You have to be kidding me.

  • http://gagaman.blogspot.com GagaMan

    Bug: I don’t think he means like the Newgrounds fan animations that use said sprites, but an installation of the original sprites themselves, own their own merit, so you won’t be seeing Sonic, Mario and Megaman fighting each other Dragonball Z style =P

  • Bad Actor

    There’s photographs of a lot of other pieces featured at this exhibition over at http://www.i-mockery.com

  • http://www.jessica-plummer.com Jessica Plummer

    i got to see this show last year, and if you’re in the area you should definitely go check it out. it’s very amusing and fun to see all that retro game art. i fell in love with a painting entitled “nobody wants to play sega with harrison ford”. i would have bought it too, the whole $400, had someone else not bought it before me!