Never fear, superheroes are here! A one-night pop-up exhibit this Saturday at ArtsBunker in Wilton Manors will feature works inspired by comic books, video games and Saturday morning television shows.
Titled “Bam! Pow! Art!,” the free show will be open from 7 – 10 p.m. at the collaborative arts space on the campus of the Pride Center, 2034 N. Dixie Highway.
“We need to celebrate this art form,” said Jaye Abbate, executive director of Art Serve, the non-profit Fort Lauderdale arts incubator that operates the ArtsBunker. “It’s been a trend over the last year or so and taken on a life of itself.”
Wilton Manors gallery owner Tedd Davis is one of the artists to be featured this weekend. He usually incorporates found wooden objects in his mixed media constructions, but when he discovered Batman and Joker figurines, created a work inspired by those characters.
“I grew up watching them on television,” Davis said. “I experimented using the action figures in my art and created the skyscrapers and towers of Gotham City.”
He especially appreciates the opportunity ArtsBunker offers local artists to display their creations.
“When you show up, you’re excited and blown away by all the talent out there in the community. ArtServe does some amazing work and is really a leader in the visual arts in Broward County,” Davis said.
In addition to the exhibition, fans of cosplay (costume play) and performance art will have the opportunity to join the festivities, donning intricately detailed, homemade superhero, anime and fantasy-themed costumes for the reception.
“Bam! Pow! Art!” is one of three pop-up events planned this spring.
Last month, ArtServe collaborated with the Puppet Guild of America on a successful exhibit of classic and collectible puppets, “World of Puppetry,” that included a screening of Heather Henson’s film, “Handmade Puppet Dreams – For Families,” and a variety of craft and storytelling activities for children.
Next month, “I Was There! 2” on Saturday, May 14 will feature an exhibit of works inspired by pop music culture, including a wide array of original posters.
“The partnership has been great,” said Abbate, who plans to expand the program next season in conjunction with the monthly Wilton Manors Arts Walk. The ArtsBunker exhibits will also be rotated to other cultural spaces in Broward County throughout the year.
“Bam! Pow! Art!” will be on display on Saturday, April 23 from 7 – 10 p.m. at ArtsBunker on the campus of the Pride Center at Equality Park, 2304 N. Dixie Highway. The exhibit and reception are free. For more information, go to ArtServe.org.