"Gig posters" doesn't only refer to concert posters. It pretty much covers all kinds of limited edition poster art such as the posters that Mondo releases, gallery shows at places like Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles or Spoke Art in San Francisco and, of course, the art that people make for the concerts you go to. Just Like Being There focuses on three specific artists - Kevin Tong, Daniel Danger and Jay Ryan - at the center of this ever-expanding and increasingly popular world but will also feature footage from concerts, bands, poster conventions and various gallery openings for artists who grew to prominence through their gig posters. The aim is to open a window into this niche world and make audiences aware and excited about this kind of art.
Daniel Danger,Jay Ryan
In the gig poster community, artists such as Daniel Danger and Jay Ryan prove that creating this artwork is a way of life, more than just a career. These artists are at the forefront of an expansion of the gig poster genre. MONDO's reinvigoration of "the film poster as an art form" and Gallery 1988's theme based exhibits are only two ways in which the artwork is reaching a greater public. In a community with strong roots, dating back to the 1960s, this expansion is controversial - refreshing to some, sacrilegious to others.