Monday, September 22, 2014

Podcast: Shrinking Doors

09.22.14_Shrinking Doors
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Shrinking Doors
Length: 01:09:56
Synopsis: On this week's podcast Lindsay, Jenny, Chris, and Francesca talk about the life you miss while you're working... or the work you miss while you're living. Some people dedicate themselves to a singular goal, while others find a balance. How do you decide what your highest priorities should be, what are the different things that make a person feel fulfilled, and how much time do you dedicate to a project before it's taken up too much space?

Show Notes:
Dan Ariely - Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Not super related but we mentioned it... so play Dream Arcade!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The 24 Hour Comic Lock-in!

Get ready for an overnight, comic making extravaganza! Light Grey Art Lab is hosting a creative lock-in in correlation with the worldwide 24 Hour Comic Challenge, October 4th and 5th!

All-Night With Campbell Whyte

In 1990, Scott McCloud began the 24 hour Comic Challenge. The challenge originated as a creative dare between friends, has now become a worldwide phenomenon! On October 4th, tens of thousands of comic artists, illustrators, playwrights, fine artists, and animators will pull out their ink and paper and begin an all night challenge to complete a 24-page comic in 24 hours. You can read about the origin of this project here.

All-Night With Campbell Whyte

We invite you to join us for this unique overnight lock-in, hosted here at Light Grey Art Lab. We are inviting all types of designers, comic artists, animators, and all creatives to participate, ideate, and take on the comic challenge! Starting at 9PM and working our way through the night, we hope to create a cozy and productive atmosphere for you to create your most productive, spontaneous and inspired work. We will provide tons of coffee, tea, conversation, and workspace to make these challenge more enjoyable!

December Light Grey Art Lab Lock-In

Space is limited, so please register for the lock-in on the Light Grey Shop here! If you have any questions about materials or registration, send us a note:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dream Arcade is Here!!!

Dream Arcade
Download on the Windows Store! ---OR--- Play Dream Arcade online right now!

It's been a long time coming, but Dream Arcade is finally here! Dream Arcade has been an ongoing project since January, and we've been crunching hard for the last month or two to have it ready for last Friday's opening reception, and we're happy to announce it's finally out and available for EVERYONE to play! RIGHT NOW!
Dream Arcade Opening Reception
Dream Arcade is a videogame exhibition inspired by the colorful artwork, characters, and epic adventures of retro arcade games. Dream Arcade features new concepts, stories, and art-filled landscapes with assets created by thirty contemporary artists and designers from around the world. Each of the contributing artists have worked alongside the Light Grey team to transform their pixel characters, props, and backgrounds into interactive playable worlds!

Dream Arcade takes viewers on a journey through time; hunting for clues, traversing foreign landscapes, and discovering new worlds. The varied levels range from lost islands in the sky, ghost-filled campsites, buzzing futuristic cityscapes, and many more. Fight off enemies, find secret pathways, and collect plenty of treasure - all while exploring an artist’s vision and original artwork.
Dream Arcade Opening Reception
You can download it on the Windows Store right now, at an introductory sale price of $0.99! There's also a free trial if you want to give it a try first!

You can also play the entire game online right here!

You can find links to all the participating artists as well as more information on our site.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Light Grey Game Night: First Contact

If Star Trek has taught us anything (and let's be honest, it has), it's that when alien species make first contact, there's a wealth of possible outcomes; friendship, adventures, romance, heartfelt learning, and maybe a friendly game of baseball. Of course, we all know the more likely outcome is shaky alien alliances, tense negotiations, and outright global obliteration. So set your phasers to FUN, because it's time for another Light Grey Game Night on Wednesday, October 1st, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm!

As you might remember, we're attaching a theme to each night to help people narrow down what games they might want to bring (although you're still welcome to bring whatever you'd like!). This week's theme is Spaaaaaaace!

We're going to have an interstellar slugfest in the negotiation classic Cosmic Encounter, prepare for a quickly escalating arms race in Star Realms, or duke it out for the moon's dwindling Rubium Ore in Nexus Ops, among plenty of others! If you have a favorite space-themed boardgame, bring it!

So grab your friends, family or favorite stack of board games, and come play with us! RSVP via our Facebook event, and feel free to share! The more the merrier!

Also, here's a sneak peek at the next few Light Grey Game Nights, so you can plan accordingly!
October 15th: Deckbuilding Games
October 29th: Fright Night

Dream Arcade Opening Reception Recap

Dream Arcade Opening Reception
Dream Arcade is out, and the opening reception was a huge success! Massive thanks to everyone who made it out to the gallery to play the game! It was a loud and boisterous event (just like any good arcade always is) filled with games, food, chiptunes, laughs and more games.
Dream Arcade Opening Reception
A small crowd had gathered at the door before the event, and as we opened the door, they flooded in and instantly took to the 27 Windows Surface Pro 2 tablets mounted around the walls of the gallery, each running one of the unique Dream Arcade levels. In addition, we had Dream Arcade projected on the back wall, playable with a full-size arcade stick for those brave enough to show off their platform skills to the crowd!
Dream Arcade Opening Reception
Dream Arcade Opening Reception
Dream Arcade Opening Reception
Despite the Light Grey team having been up for the previous 40 hours putting the final touches on Dream Arcade, the event was a lively blast of retro love and we were invigorated by the passion everyone brought to the opening!
Dream Arcade Opening Reception
You can view more photos from the opening reception on our Dream Arcade Flickr set. You can download the game from the Window Store right now, or play it online here!

Once again, thanks again to all of the artists, collaborators, and supporters!

Monday, September 15, 2014

SKATE OR DIE - Participating Artist List!


Congratulations to everyone that will be joining us for the October Skate or Die exhibition!
We're really excited about the enthusiasm for this one and can't wait for the show!

Thanks again to everyone that submitted links to the call for art! We saw a TON of incredible work this time -- it always makes us wish we had more space on the walls!

a macabre skateboard show

Opens Friday October 10th 7 - 10pm
Light Grey Art Lab
118 E. 26th Street #101
Minneapolis MN 55404


Scott Bakal
Terence Hannum
Daniel Fishel
Bene Rohlmann
Max Fiedler
Eric Gorvin
Bill Ferenc
Romain Mennetrier
Keith Negley
Katie Sanvick
Colin Foran
Merideth Miotke
Angela An
Jared Tuttle
Catherine Unger
Alison George
Manuel Kilger
Kyle Stecker
Stephanie Shafer
Camille Chew
Jessica Roux
Derrick Dent
Adam Tan
Miranda Meeks
David Aguado
Alexxander Dovelin
Kate O'Hara
Charlotte Gomez
Benjamin Currie
Gino Pambianchi
Bridget Underwood
Jenn Liv
Marianne Vincent
Catherine Virginia
Christopher Hegland
Lissa Treiman
Jenny Zych
Ann Macaryan
Glenn Harvey
Brandon Robertson
Alex Hagen
Drew Schmidt
Jake Giddens
Jason Norman
Hiten Damodar
Chris Hajny
Tanner Ellison
Nathan Durfee
Daney Rivera
Rachelle Boyd
Angela Rizza
Nic ter Horst
Rafa Alvarez
Schuyler Huber
Boya Sun
Alice Tse
Lindsay Nohl
Irene Alfaro
Ashley Hohnstein
Matthew Filipkowski
Janelle Fortes

Podcast: The Run-Up

09.15.14_The Run-Up
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The Run-Up
Length: 01:17:24
Synopsis: Dream Arcade is FINALLY HERE! On this week's podcast, Chris, Lindsay, Jenny, and Francesca are once again joined by Dream Arcade super-friend Ian Gorton. The morning after Dream Arcade's opening reception, we reflect on the final hours leading up the big reveal (spoiler alert: we didn't sleep and it was very tense). We share our pulse-pounding thoughts, our flirtations with disaster, and our eventual success! It was a whirlwind adventure and there's plenty to talk about, and we end the show with a few thoughts about what comes next - from taking a moment for a little R&R, to new projects, to possible next-steps after Dream Arcade!

Show Notes:
Play Dream Arcade!