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For Every Good Guy, There’s A Bad Guy: Arch Nemeses Of Pop-Culture

If you live near Los Angeles, California you may want to make a trip to the Hero Complex Gallery. On display in their new “Arch Nemesis” show are images from various artists depicting great rivalries from pop-culture. Take a look at heroes, villains, and some individuals with more murky motivations from Star Wars, comics, Arrested Development, and more!

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Fernando Degrossi Mashes Up Pop Culture and Pop Art

It’s Wednesday. Lets all relax with some pop culture mashups from Fernando Degrossi, who draws from modern and classic film, music, iconic propaganda and art. A later slide is possibly NSFW due to some sideboob, but on a related note, if Princess Leia wound up at the Bates Motel, I feel like Psycho would have been a lot different. And would have involved a lot more blaster fire.

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It Goes Ding When There's Stuff

Bottleneck Gallery Shows Us Pop-Culture’s Gizmos & Gadgets

The Bottleneck Gallery presents its first show of 2013, Gizmos & Gadgets. “We are constantly reminded by popular culture that in a time of great need, there is nothing better to have at your side than something conjured up by man,” they write. “Bottleneck’s newest show focuses on the material items made popular by your favorite movies, television shows and books.” The show opens this Friday, January 18, in Brooklyn, NY but you can purchase the items that haven’t sold out starting noon the following day online. A portion of the proceeds earned from sales, as well as a few ebay auctions, will go to benefit the Humane Society.

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Silhouettes Of Pop-Culture Duos Stare Each Other Down

Artist Isabel Talsma has a way with silhouettes but something special happens when two figures from a particular story are squared against each other. Some are enemies, some friends, while some love each other a great deal. See who else she’s paired up.

(via Isabel Talsma on Etsy)

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Today in Boobs

New Art Show Highlights Both Factual and Fictional Women

The Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis, Minnesota is currently holding a gallery show titled “Girls: Fact & Fiction.” It features art depicting women from some of our favorite fiction as well as those we adore from real life. Over 100 artists are involved and we couldn’t resist giving you a sampling here. You’ll probably want to buy one or two or ten.

(via Dance With Zombies)

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Bitter Pop-Culture Enemies Are Joined Together As Adorable Heart Monsters

Illustrator/designer Dan Matutina started his Versus/Hearts project about two years ago. He writes, “Rivals hate each other, but deep inside they know they couldn’t exist without the other.” Check out his pairings from comics, animation, and movies!

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Elsewhere on the internet

Nerdy Ceramics For Everyday Living

Etsy user LennyMud has an interesting profile. “Lenny is the name of my studio cat. I make the pots and Lenny breaks them: this way I never run out of shelf space. Lenny is not for sale. Probably not. I know my shop name makes me sound like a 50 year old man who smokes cigars, but I am a female who is sometimes told that she looks ten years younger than her real age. (My husband says the nicest things in the dark. When he’s drunk.) I am the mother to two adorable children that I like to call The Spawn.” If that’s not enough to get you to purchase her wares, I don’t know what is. Take a look at her ceramics from Star Wars, pop-culture, and beyond!

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15 Gorgeous Images From Crazy 4 Cult: New York

Crazy 4 Cult: New York, a gallery show featuring over 200 artists and their classic cult movie inspired artwork, opens on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at a Gallery 1988 pop-up store in New York at 64 Gansevoort St. in the Meat Packing District. It runs until Saturday September 1, 2012. The show has attracted thousands of visitors since its inception in 2006, and has been the subject of an international coffee book. This will be the show’s first time outside of California, so make sure to show it some love, fellow New Yorkers!

Hit the jump for more really amazing pieces, and see if you can spot your favorite cult film!

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Stanley Chow Shows Off The Face(s) Of Pop-Culture

Illustrator Stanley Chow does some incredible work but it’s his depiction of the varied faces of pop-culture that really got my attention. Hit the jump for some striking images of Ripley, Hellboy, Obi-Wan, and more! 

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Who In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? CEO, Intellectual, & America’s Most Positive Latina Role Model

“We want to motivate them to learn about the world,” game show host Greg Lee once told the Associated Press, sometime in the past century (1992) Lee had just taken the helm at a children’s education show entitled Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, whose plot demanded the children observe the command of their boss at Interpol, The Chief (Lynne Thigpen), to capture the elusive monument thief. The premise of the show, based on a video game, at once was to maintain the audience of older children as they graduated from Sesame Street and morning shows meant for younger folk. No one in my generation doubts that it did just that. But what the creators of the Carmen Sandiego video game and program franchise could have never anticipated was the cultural impact Sandiego had on one particular demographic following the canon— Latin American girls.

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