Ever since Gallery 1988 announced back in January that they would be doing a Ghostbusters touring gallery celebrating the movies 30th anniversary, we have been waiting with baited breath to see what pieces will be produced for the shows. With the tour kicking off in New York on April the 19th before moving to L.A on May the 17th we have now seen two previews by Joshua Buddich and Anthony Petrie accompanying each of the events show cards as well as a comprehensive list of artists who will be contributing either artwork or t-shirt designs for the show.
Joshua Budich, one of the most humble and talented artists to emerge over the past couple of years, has produced this fantastic piece for the L.A gallery which opens May 17th at Gallery 1988′s West location and runs through until June the 1st.
Joshua was kind enough to take the time to answer a few of our questions on the piece, which impressively comes with full likeness rights by each of the key actors including the sadly departed Harold Ramis.
How did you feel when Gallery 1988 asked you to work on a Ghostbusters piece?
Ghostbusters has always been one of my favorite, and most memorable movie experiences of my childhood. I remember getting the “nod” from my parents, after they had pre-screened Ghostbusters for any questionable content, too racy or frightening for my virgin eyes. Then getting to stay up late to watch it! So, when 88 asked me to participate in this show, I of course jumped at the chance.
Your artwork is applauded and loved by fans for the character likeness and composition, how do you decide what your posters should include?
I knew going into this project that obtaining likeness sign-off from any of the actors I portrayed in the print would be a challenge. So, I had to let the composition dictate who to include, and who unfortunately had to be cut. I do this little exercise every time I create a character-based piece like this. For me, the print has to tell a story. Some parts of the film, although extremely memorable, have to be taken out.
Last year was a great one for you, where would you like this year to take you with your artwork?
Thanks so much! This year, I promised myself more personal projects. Opportunities to take more time with my work, and to reinvigorate my love for the process of creating these pieces.
Another fantastic piece created for the New York leg of the show, which opens April 119th and runs until April 26th at 69 Leonard Street, between Church and Broadway, is by Anthony Petrie and features a brilliantly detailed map of New York forming the shape of the ever familiar Proton pack.
Along with these great pieces Gallery 1988 have released a full list of artists and designers taking part in the event which will also visit Chicago between June 20th and 22nd and culminate in a spot at San Diego Comic Con in July.
As well as Joshua Budich and Anthony Petrie, other artists and designers taking part include Scott C, Mike Mitchell, Phantom City Creative, Tom Whalen, Jason Edmiston, Cuyler Smith, Dan Mumford, Gary Pullin , Rich Kelly, Dan Mumford, Godmachine, Bruce White, Chogrin, 100% Soft, Dave Perillo and many many more. We are practically drooling at the prospect of Ghostbusters pieces by any of these artists and wish we could get on over to the States for one of these shows!
To keep up to date with the gallery and new art reveals, keep tabs on Gallery 1988′s dedicated Ghostbusters 30th website and make sure you follow them on Twitter and Facebook, too!