Together, Mike Allen and James Nghiem craft a series of local art shows dedicated to certain aspects of popular culture.
Their own interests always play a role in the themes that are chosen. Past shows have paid tribute to the Street Fighter video game series, the film catalogues of directors Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino, anime series Cowboy Bebop and mysterious, world-renowned protest artist Banksy.
Naturally, each show caters to a new niche audience, but perhaps none of Allen and Nghiem’s co-produced shows have come as hyper-specific as 808s & Solid Snake: A Kanye West/Metal Gear Art Show.
The show combines elements from the creative output of Chicago-repping rapper and fashion designer Kanye West with the Cold War-themed video-game universe of Metal Gear, which usually follows the adventures of elite soldier protagonist Solid Snake. 808s & Solid Snake runs 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. June 24 at 51st Street Speakeasy, 1114 NW 51st St.
A lot of art shows are unique, but locals will be hard-pressed to ever find another show specifically dedicated to Kanye West and Metal Gear in Oklahoma or anywhere.
“We’re both into those things, and it’s here and there’s a lot of effort behind it,” Nghiem said. “It’s going to be pretty unique and pretty well put together.”
None of Allen and Nghiem’s previous art shows have been so specific to the pair’s particular set of interests, perhaps to the detriment of some outside participation. Still, 808s & Solid Snake might best embody the duo’s commitment to creativity and bravery in local event booking.
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