Art // The Art of Kung Fu: Myths & Legends

"God of War" by Nate Wragg

What: It is generally believed that modern Chinese martial arts derived from two separate mountains: Shaolin and Wudan.

Yet, before these two traditions established themselves, the development of kung fu is shrouded in a rich and mysterious past, rife with magical beasts, angry gods, and fearsome warriors.

To celebrate the coming Chinese New Year (the Year of the Dragon!), I reworked sixteen myths and legends and paired each one with sixteen different artists and illustrators from diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds.

Each was asked to work solely in black ink on white paper to create pieces that honored the tradition of kung fu manuals.

Who: Tony Philippou, Nate Wragg, Aaron Jasinski, Micah Gunnell, Dadu Shin, Corinne Reid, ESPI, Christopher Brand, Evan Skrederstu, Jennifer Tong, Victo Ngai, Alina Chau, NERD, Jenikah, and Andrew Huerta.

Check out the digital postcard for The Art of Kung Fu: Myths & Legends, featuring Tony Philippou, Christopher Brand, and Victo Ngai!

When: 7:30-9:00 p.m. on January 20th, 2012

Where: The Gallery at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood


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