L.A. Exhibit Teams With Lucasfilm to Auction Original ‘Star Wars’ Posters For a Good Cause
Not unlike the Wu-Tang, Star Wars is for the children. Not in the most literal sense, of course — fans of all ages can enjoy the sci-fi franchise’s galactic thrills and sand-related koans — but in a moral sense. Over the weekend at Los Angeles’ Gallery 1988, a new exhibit called “Art Awakens” featured a host of pieces pertaining to the inescapable franchise of adventure films, with all proceeds from the sale of said items going to support UNICEF Kid Power.
Boasting a wide array of new, original artwork from contemporary talents such as Joshua Keyes, Alex Pardee, Lorraine Loots, Eric Tan, Brandi Milne, Rich Kelly, Kris Lewis, Travis Louie, Naoto Hattori, Dan Mumford and ScottC, the exhibit opened Friday night. Over the weekend, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and his fellow art enthusiasts perused a wide selection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures pertaining to the characters and universe of Star Wars. From cutesy animations of Ewoks to a punk reimagining of Princess Leia, the exhibit granted artists the chance to put their own, Lucasfilm-sanctioned spin on a iconic property. Now that the exhibit has wound down, many of the pieces are up for auction on eBay, and even more prints can be ordered on demand from eBay as well. The money that these auctions raise will go through Force for Change, Lucasfilm’s charity arm, and benefit UNICEF Kid power, described as “the world’s first Wearable-for-Good™, which gives kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power band, kids go on missions to earn points and unlock therapeutic food packets for malnourished kids around the world. The more they move, the more points they earn. Kid Power points are converted to funding by partners, parents and fans, and funds are used by UNICEF to deliver lifesaving packets of therapeutic food to severely malnourished children around the world.”
What’s more, the exhibit featured work from the five winners of the “Art Awakens Fan Art Competition,” a contest in which the most dedicated die-hards submitted their own creations to a panel of judges from Disney, Lucasfilm, and Industrial Light & Magic. The five winners were on the scene in L.A. to beam with pride over their perseverance and hard work, and to stave off the faint specter of worry that their lives will never get better than this.
I can speak only for myself, but most experiences with art galleries have consisted chiefly of trying to remember the difference between impressionism and expressionism, and loading up on free wine. And so it’s a nifty change of pace to see an art exhibit not dominated by chin-strokers commenting on the “palpable anguish” of a painting. At long last, an art experience for the rest of us unwashed vulgarians. Take a look at some of the highlights from the exhibit below.