If like us you’ve been counting down the days until Friday’s premiere of the latest Simon Pegg/Nick Frost flick, The World’s End, then you should head to the corner of Melrose and Poinsettia immediately. At 7 p.m. tonight, pop culture art haven Gallery 1988 opens its doors for the Official Edgar Wright art show. With the hints they’ve been dropping about the evening’s “special guests,” you can bet the line to get in will be long.
The exhibition features more than 100 pieces that pay homage to the genre-elevating filmmaker’s work. While most of what we’ve sneak-peeked are tributes to Wright’s "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy (the ice cream treat makes appearances in Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the forthcoming The World’s End), there’s also plenty of artistic love for Wright’s other projects including the 2010 graphic novel adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and the late ‘90s Brit sitcom Spaced, where Wright, Pegg, and Frost first met. An elaborate piñata custom-made in Wright’s likeness by Irish artists Mick Minogue and Elin Adler may or may not be bashed at tonight’s reception. (Minogue posted a note on his Facebook page earlier today saying the fake maggot-filled piñata got held up in customs and might not make it.)
The show runs through September 7, but nonlocal Wright fans can view images of the artwork on Gallery 1988’s website starting tomorrow, August 21.
Gallery 1988 West: 7308 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. 7-10 p.m.