"Silver Bullet" by Brian Holderman

"Silver Bullet" opens Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 and runs through Saturday, November 24th, 2012 at The Gallery 4 (206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412-363-5050). The opening reception will take place Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 from 7-11PM and will be opened to the general public with complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Gallery 4. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1- 8PM .

The Gallery 4 is pleased to welcome back Brian Holderman. Brian is a Pennsylvania native and Pittsburgh-based artist and designer. His design works can be seen throughout our city in the form of murals, posters, screen-printed apparel, and vibrant graphics for specialty shops, upscale markets, edgy restaurants and multiple citywide events. His fruitful commissioned works are matched equally to the myriad fine art shows and exhibits in which he's been involved, including galleries across the U.S. and beyond: Pittsburgh's Mattress Factory and Andy Warhol Museum; OH NO! Doom Gallery in Chicago; Giant Robot in San Francisco, Gallery Nucleus in L.A, and DRAFT 5 Clothing Exhibition in Kobe, Japan among others.

Brian and wife Nami, owned and operated an intimate and experimental in-home boutique featuring screen prints, apparel and some-of-a-kind art pieces created and sold via their living room. Brian no doubt owes this prolific exposure to his unique and specific style - a transglobal mix of retro cartoon stylings, a strict attention to graphic balance and a flavorful tongue-in-cheek cleverness.

With Silver Bullet, Brian has re-themed and rebuilt a 1978 solid-state pinball machine - transforming it into a brand new, playable, functioning art piece. This is not Brian's first foray in customizing the classic arcade amusement; in the summer of 2009 Holderman produced Luther's Vendetta using a 1965 Gottlieb Dodge City pingame as the building block. Vendetta was a pulp comic noir inspired story of revenge; the design features some of Holderman's hallmarks - guns, skulls, bawdy women, and creepy clowns. Brian premiered his creation at a functional pinball-themed art show at The Andy Warhol Museum.

Brian continues to explore retro arcade design and craft with his 2nd game, Silver Bullet. Holderman has fitted the machine with a hand-painted game playfield, stenciled cabinet graphics, a screenprinted backglass along with a a custom light board, and printed plastics. The electronic components of the machine have also been entirely rebuilt from the ground up, with improvements made where needed. Silver Bullet tells the tale of a werewolf blighting the countryside, ravaging livestock, and terrorizing townspeople. As the moon waxes it's way toward full, it is up to the player - portrayed as a heroic vigilante - and a local townsman with knowledge of the beast to fire the silver bullet to rack up points; releasing the werewolf from it's curse and saving the ravishing young lady from certain demise.

The art style employed is a quick-on-the-trigger blend of old 'tales of horror' comics coupled with Holderman's dynamic handling of the cartoon language. A dramatic mounting of colors - deep purples, lambent grays, and gory reds, with highlights in a lurid moonlit cream and midnight black - help manifest the tense, gloomy atmosphere. But don't panic; the classic sounds of chimes, bells, clicking bumpers, and a silver ball rolling on hardwood have materialized in an exemplary piece of gaming nostalgia - however twisted. The attention to detail, the refinement of craftsmanship, and the sheer beauty of this very original piece of artwork are a welcome addition to Holderman's already stunning body of work.

The Gallery 4 is quite honored to premiere "Silver Bullet" to the public. We trust that you, like us, cannot wait to play this awe-inspiring game. So, bring your quarters and we'll provide the bullets - and drinks.

Select Images from Silver Bullet:

Silver Bullet Backglass

The Horsemen

Beware the Moon - Sold

Scarlet - Sold

Korgoth the Barbarian - Sold

Scared Stiff

Red Witch

Beware the Moon (frame)

Luther's Vendetta Backglass

 

The White Witch - Sold

The Purple Witch - Sold