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Gallery 27 exhibit a tribute to Wes Anderson

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May 31, 2012|By Ruthie Kott, for RedEye

For a new gallery that focuses on pop-culture-themed art, it makes sense that Gallery 27's opening exhibit is a tribute to film director Wes Anderson.

The filmmaker's surreal, darkly humorous movies, including "Rushmore" (1998), "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001), and "The Darjeeling Limited" (2007), are ideal fodder for fan art. And the Pilsen art gallery founders William and Amanda Czaszwicz have always been fans.

"With the [May 25] release of [Anderson's]'Moonrise Kingdom,'it felt like the perfect theme to mark the opening of our new gallery," William Czaszwicz said. 

Futura, a nod to the font Anderson uses in all of his films, opens June 2, with an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. at the gallery, located at 1833 S. Halsted St. in Pilsen.

Art inspired by TV, movies, video games and music has a place online and in other cities, but William Czaszwicz hasn't seen many galleries devoted to the mediums it in Chicago. 

Chicago has a rich art community and a strong history of established galleries, he said. To curate the show, he contacted artists around the world whose portfolios fit the pop-culture-loving bill.

"There is a growing online community of artists, designers and illustrators posting artwork and participating in pop-culture-themed shows," he said. "We contacted many of the artists in this community and gave them the opportunity to participate in the show."

While more than 20 artists are participating in Futura, the gallery is featuring new artists, and William Czaszwicz hopes it will cultivate new, young art consumers.

"I am excited about the artists that are showing for the first time," Czaszwicz said. "I am excited to expose Chicagoans to a type of art show that is accessible, affordable and fun."

Futura runs through the end of June. Gallery 27 (1833 S. Halsted) is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Up next: On July 7, Gallery 27 will host The American Hero, about modern-day conceptions of American heroism.

--Ruthie Kott is a RedEye Special Contributor

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