Punch Out is a pop-up art exhibit of works by Michael Edward Miller. It’s at East Van Studios (870 E. Cordova St.) for one day only, this Saturday from 4 – 7 p.m.
Raised in Ontario but now living in Vancouver, the 24-year-old Miller explores the design elements of ’80s and ’90s pop culture. Despite, or because of their admittedly crude and garish art, images from early Nintendo games have a strong hold on the generation that played them. In his latest exhibit, Miller explores early video game imagery and iconography – from one game in particular.
That game is Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!!! Miller’s latest exhibition consists of original characters from the game blown up to a huge size using spray paint and stencils.
According to the show’s press, “Miller believes that people of his generation formed social and family bonds by playing these simple video games and that they generated meaning and mediated their experiences more than any other activity… For people who were raised on Nintendo, Miller’s arresting, brilliantly coloured works represent the interests and aesthetics of their generation better than anything else could.”
Obviously this work will have special resonance with video game geeks. But maybe you don’t have to be part of the Nintendo generation to appreciate what Miller’s done. The best way to find out? This Saturday visit East Van Studios to see the 25 original limited edition paintings in the series, with the artist in attendance