Mondo Gallery

Das Boot

This weekend the Mondo Gallery will be celebrating the work of artist Ken Taylor, who has rapidly become one of the most sought after artists for film and music prints. His stamp is all over the last few years of Mondo selections, with prints for Watchmen, Halloween and Drive among the independent art purveyor’s most popular works. With “The Art of Ken Taylor,” Mondo is giving the Australian designer the space his work has long deserved in a show all his own. Opening on May 30 at 7pm at the Mondo Gallery location (4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX), the show will feature prints for films such as Children of Men and Little Shop of Horrors, both films that have not yet been featured as part of any prior Mondo releases. Another film that has never received the Mondo treatment: Wolfgang Peterson’s claustrophobic 1981 submarine drama Das Boot. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards and long heralded for its visceral portrayal of what it would be like to be a line-level soldier locked in an airtight submarine in the middle of the greatest war the world has ever known. Regardless of what side you were on, it would be a living hell. Truly one of the great war films of all time, it’s long past its due for some celebration. Luckily Ken Taylor has included it in his gallery show. It’s a poster we are overjoyed to be able to share with you today…

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As we mentioned early last week with our debut of Francesco Francavilla’s Invisible Man print, the folks at Mondo opened up their latest gallery show this weekend, unleashing their rogues gallery of artists upon the world of the Universal Classic Monsters. The show was headlined by a number of original pieces from artists like Drew Struzan, Kevin Tong, Mike Mitchell, Francavilla and Laurent Durieux, among others. All in celebration of the classics - Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. As you’ll see in the massive gallery we’ve assembled below, it was a colorful display of truly special art, all based on a universal love for Universal’s vintage mainstays. In addition to selling the 13 prints and some 49 original pieces, The Mondo Gallery also brought some stars out for the big debut. As fans poured into the gallery space, they were met with an opportunity to shake hands with legendary artist Drew Struzan and directors Frank Darabont and Robert Rodriguez, who were on-hand to share in the monsterous love that led hundreds to wait in line outside the gallery for hours on-end. But enough talk — there is a lot of art to look at, so you might as well get to it. Here in our epic gallery of shots are scenes from the event as well as a look at all of the artwork.

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Mondo Nina

September brings us many spoils here in Austin, Texas. A reprieve from 100-degree heat (it’s 94, which feels quite nice) and the promise of the biggest, most delicious genre film festival in all of these United States. And while Fantastic Fest is raging at the Alamo Drafthouse, their partners in crime at Mondo will be doing something equally as exciting: opening a new gallery show. From the first Mondo Gallery show to the time they saluted Adventure Time, each one of these events has been special in its own way. This time around, Justin Ishmael and the Mondo team have put together a show with art from Robert Brandenburg and Craig Drake, two artists who have delivered a number of stunning prints. We are profoundly excited to be debuting one such piece today on FSR. From artist Craig Drake, we’d like you to meet “Nina.”

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Austin Cinematic Limits

  I was going to yell at most of you (yes, even you!) for not buying an advance ticket to Cinema East‘s Tugg screening of I Am Not a Hipster. Why? Because I really want to see that film, but not enough pre-sale tickets were sold so it was cancelled. But as I thought about it some more, I realized that my yelling would have probably come off as being condescending or patronizing. Besides, it is not my job to lecture the Austinites reading this column about their lack of support of independent film, now is it? It does sound like Cinema East is going to give us another chance to see I Am Not a Hipster in the near future, so stayed tuned…and please don’t let me down ever again. While on the subject of cancelled screenings… You know those high winds that came in with the “cold front” on Saturday? Well, those very same winds that brought our daytime temperatures down into the 80s (!!!) destroyed the screen at the Blue Starlite! For those of you who were disappointingly turned away from the sold out Saturday night screening of Grease, there will be a “wind check” (you know, like a rain check but without the rain) date on September 28 but you do need to send an email to them to confirm your slot. If you cannot make it that screening, you can use your “wind check” anytime before the end of the year; you just need email the Blue Starlite […]

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Austin Cinematic Limits

Up until last week I never heard of Adventure Time. (I will chalk this up to not having easy access to cable television, specifically Cartoon Network, rather than my utter lameness.) So, it was not until the announcement that Mondo Gallery was opening an Adventure Time themed art show — featuring 40 pieces of original art and posters from 31 artists (the show is on display through May 26) — that I first heard of Finn and Jake and the Land of Ooo. Considering that Mondo’s tastes are typically in line with my own, their love for Adventure Time intrigued me. Luckily, the gallery opening was to be paired with an Adventure Time Marathon Screening and Feast — hosted by Mondo and featuring series creator Pendleton Ward and voice actor Tom Kenny (Ice King) — at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. What better way to get introduced to Adventure Time than with a two-hour immersion into nine episodes (including two world premiere episodes), served up with a three-course menu (including “Everything Burrito”, “Wizard Rainbow Dogs”, “Decorpsinator Puffs” and “Meatman Meat”) designed by Alamo Executive Chef John Bullington, and seated alongside a sold out audience of rabid Adventure Time fans? Oh, yes, the fans! Seeing all of the fans decked out in Adventure Time costumes got me all the more excited to experience whatever it was I was about to see. I mean, how often do people dress up like characters from bad television shows? (Okay, don’t answer that.) I was […]

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