Insert Coins, is a new fun bar/arcade opening on the Downtown Las Vegas area. Owner Chris is bringing the nostalgia of our favorite arcade games to the bar setting, in the exciting downtown area. Insert coins will host there first art show curated by Keri, “Back in the Day…”
Keri ask some of Las Vegas’ artists to play tribute to there favorite classic video games and memories. INSERT COIN(S) will host its opening reception for “Back in the Day…” on Tuesday April 19th from 6pm to 10pm. INSERT COIN(S) asked over 20 invited artists one question to reminisce upon: “What was your favorite game or toy as a child?” The artists were then free to interpret their subject of choice in their preferred mediums. The resulting exhibition is a nostalgic, creative reinterpretation of classic games and toys. Featured artwork will celebrate classic games, commemorate forgotten toys, and re-purpose lost playthings. The exhibition will invite viewers and artists alike to participate in a collection of memories; sharing smiles, stories, experience points and cheat codes.
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Opening reception will be held on April 19th, 2011 for “Back in the Day…, a themed group art exhibition inspired by classic video games and vintage toys at Insert Coin(s). Proceeds from the exhibit will be donated to tsunami relief in Japan.
INSERT COIN(S) is located at 512 East Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Participating artists include: Jerry Misko, KD Matheson, Dasha Biggs, Mike Biggs, Mark T. Zeilman, Jesse Smigel, Cristina Paulos, Ruckus, Ryan Tino, Keri Schroeder, Scream, Ashley Beatty, Caesar Garcia, Albert Montoya, Roxy B Montoya, Juan Muniz, Ainjil Bragg, Daniel Bennett, Camille Bohannon, Shan Michael Evans, Jose Hernandez, Michelle Irish, Nico Holmes-Gull, May Nomura, and Warren Wucinich.
Insert Coins, will promise to bring back our 80’s nostogia, of missed our favorite arcade sounds,quarter play and pinball ringing, minus the sugar-y aromas of the donut shop.
I worked on two pieces in celebration of my favorite fighting video characters from Dark-stalkers and Samurai Showdown!
"Beat em ALL up", Morrigan Aensland from Darkstalkers (by Capcom)
Video Game Nudity! is OK! lol (well, not really, the violence get an acceptable rating, and well nudity…red light)
About the two pieces:
The pieces are focusing on the two popular fighting games, “Samurai Shodown” and “Darkstalkers”. These two games have some of the most recognizable female characters. I also thought there is a “silliness” and “strangeness”, and a little “wetness” to how Virtual Video-game Female characters Scream Sexuality, while the audience is mostly a group of teenagers mostly that of young boys.
Some Girls are Bigger than Others (Iroha, Samurai Shodown VI, NEW) Medium: dye,watercolour,ink,acrylic paint,charcoal and graphite on Arches Acid Free Watercolour paper
This piece above is of Videogame character, Iroha, Samurai Shodown VI. The title of the piece, is named after the Smith’s song Classic “Some Girls are Bigger than Others”. It’s my silly drawings of the virtual fighting video game female characters that seem to be just that. “Back in the day…” we played these videogames when we were “Growing up” and just started to discovering things…
I needed to explain it, because people where asking me what the pieces for the show where all about. -lol
Painting, Detail of Iroha
One of my first jobs in high school was working at the mall Arcade. I was the clusy change girl in a black vest suite, with a bad blond hair dye job (similar to late 90’s, Gwen Stefani hair duo). I can still hear the distant sounds of the theme song to Daytona USA, race car game in a distance of my head.