A Father and Son's Different Pop Culture Perspectives Make for a Killer Art Show

All Images: Spoke Art
All Images: Spoke Art

The Avengers, the Mad Max movies, Rick and Morty, The Legend of Zelda, Daft Punk, David Bowie, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more. Artists Matt and Miles Ritchie both love that shit. However, the father and son each bring a very different perspective to their favorite pop culture and those divergent points of view have inspired an insanely cool new art show.

It’s called “Pop Perspectives” and it opens January 6 at Spoke Art in San Francisco, CA. The show is a combination of sculpture, painting, and more, with subjects plucked from movies, music, video games, and television.

Matt Ritchie, the father, approaches subjects like Star Wars, Spider-Man, Disney, and Friday the 13th with a more seasoned eye. He’s lived with them forever and decided to capture the iconic characters slumped over, as a way to represent how tired many of these subjects have become.


Miles Ritchie, the son, took the opposite approach. His pieces are simple but more vibrant, representing a more positive and fresh take on the material.

Below, we’ve selected just a few pieces from the massive show to illustrate how both artists approached their pop culture heroes. Check them out.

The show opens at 6:00 p.m. on January 6 at Spoke Art, 816 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA. It’ll then remain on display through January 27 and will likely go online the following week. Find out more about the show on this Facebook page and take a tour of the Ritchie studio here.


Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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“Let’s each do our own version of these ideas!”

“Sounds good.”


“This is my Batman. He’s got all the iconic lines, but some newness to him too.”

“This is Batman slumped over.”

“Uh... ok. Here’s my Star Wars piece. I think it evokes a sense of the wonder that I felt when—”

“Here’s mine. It’s all the characters slumped over.”

“Oh. Um... cool... is that... is that one rick and morty?”


“But they’re...”

“Slumped over.”

“.....right. Cool... thanks for participating, dad.”