The best kind pop culture art isn’t obvious. It’s subtle, winks its eye, and takes a certain amount of knowledge to understand. “Product Placement”, the latest art exhibit at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, is all that and then some.
“Product Placement” is an art show consisting of fake ads for products in movies and television - things such as the night vision goggles from Jurassic Park, seen above.
Also represented: Star Wars, Dune, Big, Willy Wonka, The Last Starfighter, Evil Dead and Batman, in pieces that aren’t immediately identifiable as references to those movies. You’d have to know the movies to know these posters, and that’s what makes them so great.
Here’s just a small sampling from the show.
Image: All Images, Gallery 1988
Dejarik: Holochess by Doug LaRocca
Travel Without Moving by Barrett Biggers
The Remembrall by Danny Haas
For Children with Very Little Pocket Money by Dave Perillo
Tosche Station by Jason Chalker
Where’s the Goat by Joel Hunter of Half Hazard Press
Zoltar Speaks by John J. Pearson
The Chainsaw That Made a Man Out of Ash by Matt Talbot
Stay Puft Marshmallows by Ryan Brinkerhoff
Gotham City Bomb Disposal Services by Scott Derby
Starfighter Arcade Cabinet by Tom Whalen
Did you get all of those? Admittedly, the ones we shared are all pretty obvious. But the rest of the show is even more niche. There are posters from, well, that would ruin the surprise. Head over to Gallery 1988 to check them out.
The show is on display at the gallery until October 27.