Kristi Engle Gallery is proud to present its last show of the season, “Broads, Boobs and Buckles: The Pinball Art of Dave Christensen” on view from July 11th – August 8th, 2009.
While the mechanics of pinball were developed by engineers, the illustrations were handled by graphic artists. This work included the back glass and the playing field of each machine. Curated by local collector, Mark Andresen, this exhibition features the work of acclaimed pinball machine artist, Dave Christensen. 11 pinball machines will display Christensen’s graphics as well as the original artwork used in fabrication and drawings for proposed and/or rejected versions and prototypes.
Starting with Fireball in 1971 and ending his career at Bally with its sequel, Fireball 2 in 1980, Dave Christensen is certainly one of the most notable designers of pinball machine graphics. He began his career solely as a technical artist. But after presenting the company with pinball design work created on the side, he was soon asked to produce new machine graphics (as well as service manuals), eventually working exclusively on art and design.
The first artist to include his signature on the play field, calling himself “Mad Dog,” Christensen’s art is provocative in its use of unconventional and risqué motifs. His engaging and distinctive style exemplifies the machines as of their era. Christensen’s work is brash, sexy and playful and highlights his penchant for comic book themes and titillating portraits of women. Also characteristic of his work are encoded and ribald references that were regularly included in detailed backgrounds.
All pinball machines will be operational for the public at the opening reception only. In deference to their current owners as well as their vintage condition, only serious buyers will be allowed to test the machines during the run of the exhibition.
Art Exhibition: “Broads, Boobs and Buckles:
The Pinball Art of Dave Christensen”
curated by Mark Andresen
July 11- August 8, 2009
Reception: Saturday, July 11, 7-10pm
Gallery hours: Thursday – Saturday 12 – 6pm & by appointment
Kristi Engle Gallery
5002 York Ave.
Highland Park, CA 90042