Beyond The San Diego Comic Con Walls: POP! The Art of the Geek @ Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts

 

by Ray Flook & Alejandra Bodden

With all of the time spent running from one end of the convention center to the other, waiting in lines, roaming the exhibit hall, camping-out in parks and taking part in promotional events like obstacle courses and zip lines, it's very easy to forget that San Diego has a lot going on outside the confines of SDCC. A perfect example of this sits right across from the convention center: The Gaslamp Quarter, covering a 16-1/2 block area and home to a wide selection of shops, restaurants, theaters, galleries, professional services and special events throughout the year.

(POP GASLAMP)

Before picking-up our media badges, we were lucky enough to walk around The Gaslamp POP GASLAMPwith some friends Wednesday afternoon when one of them got our attention and led us toward the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts gallery on 5th Avenue. POP! The Art of the Geek, timed and themed for this week to coincide with SDCC, is an exhibition of contemporary artists honoring/celebrating all aspects of "geek culture" as well as the enduring power of pop culture.

POP SIGN

Curated by Nathan Sawaya, POP! The Art of the Geek benefits the Art Revolution Foundation, a non-profit organization created to raise awareness and funds to supply children with art supplies, and to bring art back into America's schools. There were some amazing pieces throughout the exhibit, and we could've easily found ourselves spending a few hours there just to make sure we were able to take-in everything. Along with a well-designed layout and a staff that was friendly and well-versed on their subject matter, we found POP! The Art of the Geek to be one of the best surprises of the trip; and if that exhibit was any indication, we would definitely recommend checking out other exhibits at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts gallery.

Here are some of the highlights:

POP SPACE DOGS POP STORMTROOPER POP STAR WARS FAMILY POP SUPERMAN LETTER POP ASIAN SUPERMAN BATMAN POP FUNKY SUPERMAN POP SPACE BATMAN POP SPIDER-MAN SYMBIOTE POP CLOCK POP METH DRAGON POP WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN POP THOR POP LEGO HEADS EVERYDAY LIFE PHOTOS

Ray Flookhas been a contributing writer to Bleeding Cool since October 2013. Follow him on Twitter: @oldmangeek88; "like" his Facebook page: Old Man Geek; and check-out his website:www.oldmangeek88.com

Ale Bodden has been a contributing writer to Bleeding Cool since October 2013. She can be found on Twitter: @alebodden11 and atwww.nerdyfaery.wordpress.com. She is also a writer and editor for Old Man Geek: www.oldmangeek88.com.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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