Friday, July 22, 2011

The Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition

A new interesting art event, ‘The Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition’, is a captivating collection of work gathered through open submissions and private invitations, all e common love for all things Harry Potter. Opening the exhibition to coincide with the final Harry Potter film release, the exhibit features over 50 artists and nearly 100 tribute works in paintings, sculptures and installations.

Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra is hosting a collection of art essentially inspired by J. K. Rowling's wizarding realm. The tribute event features an array of works that reflect a fascination for all that is magical. The exhibit that continues until August, is the culmination of a compilation of work done over two years on the gallery's Harry Potter blog. Ben Zhu, one of the curators of this show, stated that they had selected the ‘higher-level fan art’. It features art from professionals like movie poster artist Drew Struzan, Mary Grandpré, known for illustrating the bewildering book covers of the Harry Potter novels’ US editions, and Disney artist Bill Perkins,.

Another curator Wade Buchanan quipped: "The thing I noticed about the exhibit is that most everybody who contributed to the show is a fan. Every piece that has some sort of endearing virtue to me is there. It is not just somebody like, 'I am now going to do a themed piece on Potter.' You can well know that they are all sincerely a fan, inspired by it. It is like small details in the pieces, which stand out, that maybe only avid fans would pay attention to."

The gallery is renowned for its several offbeat events as well as themed shows that it conducts like ‘Edward Scissorhands’, 20th anniversary tribute show in April, and ‘Zombies in Love’ hosted last year that included zombie-themed art, live performances and a zombie walk. The immense appeal and craze of Harry Potter is why it decided to create the Hogwarts-themed show.

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