Art exhibition Super iam8bit makes modern art out of retro game love

One of the most boring conversations in gaming currently pertains to whether or not games are art. We'll finish that tired exchange right now: yes, so shut the hell up about it. What's far more interesting is gaming inspiring art, which has been happening for years with the brilliant art series iam8bit. Now the pop art collective is premiering a whole new exhibition next week with SUPER iam8bit, and we've got an exclusive preview of the amazing art and accompanying book right here.

The show starts August 11 in Los Angeles, CA, and if you're lucky enough to live in the area you should check it out (the details are on the lovely flier below).

For those that don't live in the area or do but are annoyed they can't afford to buy the original art on show, that's where the SUPER iam8bit book comes in. On sale the same night, this spiffy tome collects all the pieces at the show plus other classics from the series, and should you miss the event, the book will get a wide release a little later this year.

Anyway, enough with the words. Why not let the art speak for itself?

Read on to get a sneak peek at the SUPER iam8bit book...




  • Zeos - August 3, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    I WILL get that book.
  • georgesmart - August 3, 2011 4:45 a.m.

    @SausageLozenge, Films are tested for audiences and mass produced on dvd, so i guess they arent art either?
  • LordsOfTechno - August 2, 2011 11:17 p.m.

    Can anyone see the name of the artist for the last image on page 2? I think it's Amy Sol (as it looks exactly like her work) but I'm not 100% sure; I think I see an artist's name but it's too small for me to read. I'm already a fan of her artwork and the image of Princess Peach/Toadstool is beautiful, so if it's actually created by her I would love it even more...
  • db1331 - August 2, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    I would totally buy prints of the Shyguy and Metroid ones.
  • 510BrotherPanda - August 2, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    I bought the 1st 'IAM8BIT' book years ago; guess I'll be picking up this one eventually. That Samus + jellyfish Metroid are pretty wicked sweet.
  • sutrebla15 - August 2, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    Link looks like he's holding a man in a dress...
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - August 2, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    Ah wow some of these are amazing, maybe video game company's could hire these artists to design their box art, then we might see something other than 'protagonist pulls gritty pose over dark/moody background'
  • inkyspot - August 2, 2011 6:34 p.m.

    All of these peices are nice, but the Contra on had me at "Your One Ugly Mudda Fucka!"
  • Sjoeki - August 2, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    That painting with the jellyfish and the girl is beautiful!!! And if you ask me; games are entertainment, for the people who want it to be art... those three letters can be found in the word entertainment. It's a win win!!
  • WonsAuto - August 2, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    I will be buying that book posthaste.
  • SausageLozenge - August 2, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    Games are more like toys to me not art. You play a game just like you play with an action figure. Sure there are artistic elements in games, but there is something to be said about the mass production of games. Games are focus tested for mass appeal, art isn't focus tested. I'm the minority in this on a gaming website. I enjoy this art based on video games though. : )
  • robertpopovic - August 2, 2011 6:03 p.m.

    I actually had a warm smile for the Shyguy picnic :)
  • jackthemenace - August 2, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    Man, some of those are really awesome, I love the Toon Link/Ganondorf one, and the first Megaman looks almost like it should be the post for one of those gritty film remakes of games
  • Draijan - August 2, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    I WANT That Book :[

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