By Lynn Trimble
Familiar faces from Mario to Ms. Pac-Man are coming to Chandler as part of a new exhibit that blends street art with arcade games. “Two Players, Two Quarters” will feature work by Tempe artists Such and Champ Styles, who also happen to be father and son.
They’ve been working on the exhibit since late December, creating portraits of iconic video game characters and other pieces for the show. “We want to … help people time-travel back to the age of arcade games,” Such says.
We found the artists laying out the artworks on Valentine’s Day inside a Tempe school where they’re part of an artist residency program. Seven portraits of best-loved characters lay on the ground in a grid along with another painting that references graffiti culture and train cars.
By Monday, the artwork was being installed at Vision Gallery, a nonprofit art space run by the city of Chandler. It’s headed by Peter Bugg, who serves as the city’s visual arts coordinator. “We wanted to create a sense of nostalgia,” Bugg says.
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