|"Jessica & Elizabeth" by Kiersten Essenpreis|
Young adult books have inspired quite a few crafts and products, as a quick search through Etsy or Hot Topic will attest. It's more unusual to see fine art inspired by the genre, however, and even more unusual to see a dedicated public exhibition. Cheers to the founders of Hello Giggles (actress Zooey Deschanel among them) for their efforts to showcase this offbeat show.
Even though the definition of "young adult"was used pretty loosely here (Babysitters Club is textbook middle grade), even though I wish there had been more variety in the subjects (there was lots of Nancy Drew), and even though in some cases it was hard to guess the book that inspired the artwork (a little more context might've enriched the viewer's experience), it's still nice to see YA lit celebrated in this way.
A few pieces I especially liked:
|"The Secret in the Old Attic" by Kelly Vivanco|
|"A Collection of Goosebumps Celebrities" by Kate Perdue|
|"Nancy Drew Sleuth Kit" by Danielle Murray|
|"Choose Your Own Adventure" by Jessica Deahl|
|"Nancy Drew" by Bec Winnel|
|"Mary Anne" by Ann Sullivan|
|"Mystery of the 56 Clues" by Nicole Gustaffson|
|"S is for Sweet Valley High" by Meg Hyland|
So a few years down the road, can we expect to see fine art inspired by Lauren Oliver, Laini Taylor, Suzanne Collins, and the like? I certainly hope so!
"Young Adult" runs through Saturday, February 23rd, 2013. Original artwork and prints may be purchased through Gallery 1988, located at 7020 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038. 323-937-7088
Bonus gallery photos: the fantastically rendered, humorous paintings of Scott Listfield, at Gallery 1988 Venice.
All photographs by Wendy Darling, except "Nancy Drew," which appears courtesy of Gallery 1988.