Per tradition, the Mondo Gallery hosts two showcases during SXSW every year: one opening on SX's opening weekend, and another a week later, when SXSW is drawing to a close. Earlier this week, we found out about the second of these showcases (an all-originals showcase called House Party 2), and today we're finding out about the first show.
It's a doozy.
Austin, TX—February 23, 2017— Mondo Gallery is thrilled to announce its first show of 2017, “Mondo x Acme Archives Present: SWxMM,” featuring celebrated artist Mike Mitchell’s brand new character portraits of some of the most beloved heroes and villains in the Star Wars universe. Rebel scum, scruffy nerf herders, Sith Lords, golden rods, laser brains, and more will be on display with Mitchell’s dignified and iconic portrait treatment. In addition to new prints, all of Mitchell’s previously released Star Wars character portraits will be on display with a very limited number of each available for purchase, including the very first portrait released in the series with Acme Archives, “Red 5.” The show will kick off with an opening reception, open to the public, on Friday, March 10 from 7pm to 10pm and will run during regular hours until Monday, March 13. Mondo Gallery is located at 4115 Guadalupe Street in Austin, TX.
After first partnering with Acme Archives in 2016 to debut Star Wars character portraits, from the classic Luke Skywalker in X-Wing flight gear to new heroic favorites like The Force Awakens’ Rey, Mondo and Acme Archives are excited to once again invite fans to journey to a galaxy far, far away.
"I have a particular and unyielding love for the designs in Star Wars, and I'm so stoked that I got to spend a year picking out my favorite characters and bringing them to life in my own way," said Mike Mitchell.
"Over the past year, Mike's Star Wars art print series has become something really special. As with all of Mike's work, the pieces are even more powerful when shown together. We are excited to show the entire collection in one space, plus a handful of new surprises. If you're a fan of the Star Wars universe, you don't want to miss this one,” said Mondo Co-Founder/Creative Director Mitch Putnam.
To coincide with their first gallery event of the year, the full Mondo team will participate in its very first Reddit AMA on Tuesday, March 7 to discuss the show, additional plans for 2017, and well… anything! Follow Mondo's social media channels for more details on timing.
Yes, Mondo and Acme Archives are teaming up with Mike Mitchell for an all Star Wars showcase. Obviously, they're keeping a tight lid on what new posters might be dropping at this show, but they have revealed one new image: Mitchell's Tusken Raider portrait, the latest in an ongoing series of Star Wars character headshots.
It looks like this:
If you're gonna be in Austin for SXSW this year, make sure to swing by the Mondo Gallery while the showcase remains open (reminder: that's March 10th-13th), and may God have mercy on your wallet.
Stay tuned for more Mondo/SXSW coverage, folks: I'll have reports from both Mondo showcases, and you've also got a bunch of movie reviews to look forward to courtesy Evan, Meredith and Jacob! This year's gonna be a good one.