Celebrate “Star Wars” Day in Los Angeles this weekend at the “Legion” exhibition featuring artists’ unique interpretation of Stormtrooper helmets, including works by FIDM Graphic Design Alumni Eric Acasio and Danny Osterman.
Lucasfilm invited designers from Disney Consumer Products, where Acasio is currently a graphic designer, along with designers from snowboarder/skater headgear manufacturer NEFF, where Osterman is a graphic designer, and other guest artists to participate.
“Artists have sliced, melted, warped, ossified, pickled and otherwise completely re-imagined the classic trooper bucket,” describers Mashable writer Chris Taylor about the exhibition, which runs from Friday, May 2, to Sunday, May 4, at the Robert Vargas gallery in Los Angeles.
Osterman tells FIDMDigitalArts.com that his participation in Legion– the launch of which coincides with J.J. Abrams’ seventh “Star Wars” film cast announcement – has been like fulfilling a childhood dream for him.
“It feels amazing,” says Osterman who mentioned that the “Star Wars” films were part of his childhood. “Having your artwork seen is so hard now with social media platforms being so saturated. Being able to get that extra push from NEFF is exactly what I needed to be on a main stage and I couldn’t be happier. I’m hoping it will open the doors to new opportunities in the art world.”
He adds, “I learned so much and owe so much to FIDM and the faculty. It helped mold me to be what I am today.”
Osterman’s classmate Acasio, who was serendipitously invited for the same design opportunity, was equally thrilled.
“I’ve been a big fan of Star Wars ever since I was a kid. Every wrapping paper tube was a ‘light saber’ and I used to recreate the Death Star trench scenes when I kid,” says Acasio, adding:
“I’ve never had work on display at this type of scale before. There are so many talented creatives in this show so it’s a little intimidating, I’m just glad to be a part of it,” says Acasio. “I never have really worked on toys/sculptures before and it really is an awesome feeling taking on another medium, but I did get to incorporate some graphic design into it, too. Also knowing that one of my FIDM classmates in this show too… how awesome is that?”
See a sample of Legion’s Stormtrooper art below: