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Arts and Entertainment

Photos: Artists Show Some Love For Their Favorite Cult Films In Gallery 1988 Exhibit

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Gallery 1988 (West) is celebrating all things cult films with their eighth annual "Crazy 4 Cult" art exhibit that launches next month.

Opening reception is on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. and the exhibit will run through the end of the year. For the last two years, the art gallery has taken this show on the road to New York, but the owners are bringing it back to Los Angeles this time around. There will be 100 artists' paintings, prints, sculptures and plush dolls that are giving a nod to some of their favorite films. So far, they've received some artwork inspired by The Big Lebowski, The NeverEnding Story, among others. Jensen Karp, the co-owner of Gallery 1988, tells LAist that each year varies in regards to what kind of submissions they get. One year, Edward Scissorhands might be hot and another year Donnie Darko because it was airing on cable TV a lot, he says. We might see some homages to Jumanji as a tribute to the late Robin Williams since Karp received quite a few emails about that.

Karp says that their popular show has received 1,000 pieces over the past eight years. "I was a film student at USC back in he day and when we opened the shop 11 years ago, I said I always wanted to an art show focused on cult films of the ones I loved that were not necessarily celebrated," he says.

Gallery 1988 (West) is located at 7308 Melrose Avenue, Fairfax District, (323) 937-7088. It's open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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