Last night saw the opening of Ken Taylor’s first solo exhibition at the Mondo Gallery. People who follow Mondo know him for his incredible eye for detail and composition, which distinguishes him among the other artists in the ever growing world of movie/gig poster art. Known for his iconic posters for Terminator 2, Alien, Poltergeist, and Gremlins, Taylor had a banner year in 2012 with his posters for Halloween and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, which placed first and second, respectively, for cinema poster art of the year on a popular website. These and other pieces have created Taylor’s dedicated following, and anticipation for this show has been building since its announcement. Humble yet open, Taylor spent a lot of time talking up those waiting in line before the show, as well as those passing through the gallery. Artist-fan interactions are a staple at most Mondo Gallery openings and it’s one of the reasons that people are willing to wait hours on end in the hot Texas sun.
Those long hours pay off once the butcher paper is off the gallery windows and the doors are opened. While many pieces in each exhibition are previously revealed, Mondo always saves a few surprises for the opening. The sort of buzz this creates both online and within the crowd outside the gallery tends to start conversations in line which lead to lasting friendships. You never know who you will be standing next to but in general everyone is sociable and eager to discuss the show, the art, and the hobby.
Inside the gallery there is an energy shared by all those admiring the work, as well as from the anticipation of adding new art to personal collections. Seeing the pieces up close and being able to appreciate their workmanship and technique is an experience that far surpasses that of seeing the previewed images on a computer screen. One of the surprises of the Taylor show was a number of original ink portraits of characters from the movies in the exhibition. In these small square pieces, Taylor manages both to capture the essence of the characters and to convey the mood and emotion of each movie. In so doing he shows that he understands and loves these movies like we do. That’s why Ken Taylor is awesome: he’s one of us.
With each opening, Mondo has continued to improve the experience of viewing and buying art. The gallery staff are always gracious, mindful of those waiting to get in and constantly improving methods for moving people through the gallery space. These days, the lines move faster and the purchases are handled more quickly.
Plus, there’s free beer.
Check out the photos from the show of the new pieces. Ken Taylor Gallery Photos
About Mondo – Mondo is a division of the Alamo Drafthouse championed for bringing art back to movie poster design. Utilizing the talents of world-class artists and designers, Mondo produces limited edition, screen printed posters based on all things film, television and comic properties including Star Wars, The Avengers, DC Comics, Back to the Future and Universal Monsters. In addition to stunning artwork for beloved and future classics, Mondo also releases time-honoured and contemporary movie soundtracks on vinyl, such as Drive, as well as VHS re-issues. Based in Austin, TX, Mondo operates out of a permanent gallery space hosting regular exhibitions featuring a blend of breathtaking original artwork and limited edition screen prints. 4115 Guadalupe St. Austin TX 78751
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