This print called “Where’s The Goat?” by Joel Hunter of Half Hazard Press is an example of the work in a new art exhibit.
Image: Gallery 1988
Toys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.  

The best kind pop culture art isn’t obvious. It’s subtle, winks its eye, and takes a certain amount of knowledge to understand. “Product Placement,” the latest art exhibit at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, is all that and then some.

“Product Placement” is an art show consisting of fake ads for products in movies and television--stuff like the night vision goggles from Jurassic Park, seen above. Also represented: Star Wars, Dune, Big, Willy Wonka, The Last Starfighter, Evil Dead, Batman, and so many more, in pieces that aren’t immediately identifiable as references to those movies. You’d have to know the movies to know these posters, and that’s what makes them so great. Here’s just a small sampling from the show.


Did you get all of those? Admittedly, the ones we shared are all pretty obvious. But the rest of the show is even more niche. There are posters from, well, that would ruin the surprise. Head over to Gallery 1988 to check them out.

The show is on display at the gallery until October 27.