Despite it being an incredibly long week, I managed to scrounge up the energy to attend the Halloween Hybrid Art Exhibition on Thursday night.
The event was taking place at Studio 41 in Upper Canterbury street. The area was very unfamiliar to most of us, but eventually we found the studio. It was tucked away next to a parking lot, and the big yellow sign painted on the wall of the building was almost missed in the dark. Thankfully someone spotted it as we were driving past. After bumping into some people we knew, my friends I decided to head inside and get out of the rain.
I was taking a look at the various artworks when I stumbled upon the following piece:
I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but I knew this image from somewhere. I read the title of the piece and then it hit me! It was the original artwork for this:
Oh. My. Glob.
Now back in my younger, cooler, years I was a huge fan of Magic: The Gathering. For those of you who don’t know what Magic is, it’s basically a fantasy card game where two players battle it out to kill each other (and by kill I mean reducing your opponents life points to 0). So anyway, I was really into this game, and then it hit me that I might actually get the opportunity to meet someone who’d done work for Wizards of the Coast (the creators of the game). I took a look at the name next to the piece. It read “Tom Kyffin”.
Tom had added me on Facebook many weeks earlier after the Open Book Comic Fest, but I hadn’t had the opportunity to actually meet him in person. I scouted around and eventually found him working the bar (his wife was one of the co-organisers of the event). He was chatting to someone I knew so I took this opportunity to introduce myself. Tom recognised me and we had a pretty long chat about the work and people that he’s met. One of the big names that he’s worked for is Peter Molyneux, one of the founders of Bullfrog, a gaming studio that made amazing games during the 90s. Unfortunately the bar started to get busy so I left Tom to do his thing.
The event was packed with people I knew so I bounced around and chatted to everyone when I got a chance. Two hours flew by amazingly fast and at about 9.30 my friends and I decided to call it a night and head home. Overall it was a really fun event with some great art on display. The exhibition will be open until the 7th (by appointment) so drop Studio 41 a line and go check it out!
Check out some more photos from the event below (my photography skills need some work, but I am slowly getting better):