In December 2011, five rebel artists gathered together to create an art exhibition that both celebrated and critiqued the pop cultural phenomenon that shaped their childhood memories and contributed to the formation of the creative individuals they have become.
That phenomena was, of course, Star Wars. We—Deon Blackwell, Robb Fladry, Adam Kitzerow, Vincent John Kral and James Reiman—were those artists. All of us grew up in the 1980s in the immediate wake of George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy. The films provided our young and impressionable minds with archetypal heroes to worship and emulate. Even as adults, our memories are still laced with the iconic sights and sounds of epic lightsaber duels, intergalactic space chases, and strange alien worlds that entertained us throughout our youth.
This exhibit was a love letter to our childhood nostalgia, offering us the chance to revisit the original films while critiquing what they have become after decades of pop cultural saturation, digital revisions, re-releases, and prequels.