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News Bites: MFA Students Help Pay Tribute to Videogame Art in Chicago Exhibition

Posted October 27, 2014 in News BitesMaster of Fine Arts

At a recent exhibition in Chicago, four KCAD MFA students – Brianna Baurichter, Christian Helser, Mellissa Redman, and Ricardo Gonzalez – used their artistic talents to help transport viewers back to the golden age of console videogames.

“Bit Wars: A Tribute to 8-bit and 16-bit Videogaming” featured 28 artists –illustrators, graphic designers, printmakers, toy/sculpture designers, street artists, muralists, and painters – whose work reflects the greatest hits and obscure cult classics of the days when the intense rivalry between Nintendo and Sega defined the industry. The visual art on display captured the characters, creativity, and pop-culture influence of this pivotal era in gaming history.

Work from "Bit Wars: A Tribute to 8-bit and 16-bit Videogamingâ��Work from "Bit Wars: A Tribute to 8-bit and 16-bit Videogaming” (image courtesy of Ricardo Gonzalez)

The exhibition was curated by the Chicago-based EXPO Collective, of which Gonzalez is a founding member. EXPO is dedicated to building community through art, and “Bit Wars” was just one of many art-based events the group has put on since it was formed in late 2013.

For more information, check out facebook.com/ExpoCollective.

See below for more pictures of the exhibition (all images courtesy of Ricardo Gonzalez):

Work from "Bit Wars: A Tribute to 8-bit and 16-bit Videogaming�

Work from "Bit Wars: A Tribute to 8-bit and 16-bit Videogaming�

Work from "Bit Wars: A Tribute to 8-bit and 16-bit Videogaming�

Work from "Bit Wars: A Tribute to 8-bit and 16-bit Videogaming�