Last year, San Francisco-based Spoke Art gallery presented its annual Bad Dads art show in Chelsea. The exhibition went viral on Facebook and was super sold out. This year, Spoke returns to the Big Apple for the seventh iteration of the show with over 100 works dedicated to Wes Anderson's colorful, symmetrical, and singular universe. This time, Spoke has found a permanent home on the Lower East Side, and is celebrating with an extended run.
Spoke christened its NYC space, located at 210 Rivington Street, with a Bob's Burgers-themed art show back in September, which brought in 2,500 Facebook RSVPs. Not as many have expressed interest in the Anderson show at the time of writing (although 1,400 people in the first two days isn't too shabby). But considering Bad Dads will be open through November 13, we're sure Spoke will draw the large and eager crowds that frequent Anderson-related anythings. Plus, Moonrise Kingdom star Jared Gilman has already stopped by.
Gilman and his New Penzance comrades appear in some of the Bad Dads pieces, including an intricate watercolor painting by artist Reuben Negron, and an intricate illustration by Florida-born Mai Ly Degnan. The Life Aquatic's Bowie-obsessed sailor Seu Jorge (presently on tour singing tribute songs) is represented in one portrait painting; the Starman himself is commemorated in a nautical-themed piece by Derek Ballard.
Other Anderson characters proving particularly inspiring are Rushmore's Max Fischer and terrible father Herman Blume, The Royal Tenenbaums's Margot and Mordechai, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox's forest of furry schemers.
'Bad Dads VII' is on view at Spoke Art through November 13, 2016. More information here.
Mai Ly Degnan
Text Emily Manning
Artwork Rebecca Mason Adams