Movie Iconography as Art: A Look at the Brand New Mondo Gallery

Movie Iconography as Art: A Look at the Brand New Mondo Gallery

Mar 12, 2012

We've written a great deal about Mondo and their incredible work here on What began as a t-shirt and poster boutique that catered to movie nerds is no longer a secret to the world outside of the Austin film scene. Their work sells out in seconds in online sales. Select posters are going for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on eBay. The tiny corner shop located in the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar was suddenly starting to look pretty small for a company that's received international praise and accolades for its beautiful work.

To put it simply: Mondo had outgrown its original home and it was time to go home. Thus, the Mondo Gallery was born.

Located several miles north of the original location, the gallery had its grand opening on the second day of SXSW, attracting visiting and local film fans alike. The small, cozy space looks like how you'd expect an art gallery to look: white walls and wood floors, a look that would be plain if not for the work on display.

Photo Gallery: Mondo Gallery Opens with Posters for 'Star Trek II', 'War of the Worlds,' 'Forbidden Planet' and More

With a full-fledged gallery at its disposal. Mondo is no longer limited to screen print posters printed in a limited quantity. Oh, no. The gallery also displays original paintings and sketches from dozens of artists of various renown. The work is stunning and eclectic; the only thing linking all of them is the science fiction theme of the opening roll-out. If you've ever wanted to see a classically-styled portrait of Emperor Ming from Flash Gordon or an original Drew Struzan painting depicting the world of Dune, you now have a destination.

If you want to own, you'll need to some extra cash lying around…screen prints still cost $30-$50, but the paintings and sketches range from $700 to $10,000! The Brazil print is already proving to be a favorite among Mondo enthusiasts and Mondo honcho Justin Ishmael promises that it's only the first in an entire planned series of posters based on Terry Gilliam films.

Although photography was not allowed in the gallery preview we attended, we've been sent a collection of images and photos from the current collection. Check out our favorites below, and the rest in the photo gallery above.

A Trip to the Moon, by Phantom City Creative

Forbidden Planet, by Ken Tong

Fantastic Planet, by Aaron Horkey

Party Planet, by Scott Campbell

The Hand of Ming, by James Edmiston

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, by Tyler Stout

Seth Brundle, by Rich Kelly

The War of the Worlds, by Kako

Rachel, by Craig Drake

Categories: Geek
Tags: SXSW2012, SXSW, Mondo
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