Charting the Classics: The Posters of Anthony Petrie

Posted: January 7, 2015 in Movies


Digital artist Anthony Petrie delights in charting the classics. Sometimes the geography is warped and shaped to the proportions of the horror involved. The Jaws inspired Chum Chart twists Amity Island into a Great White devouring sea and ships. Isla Nublar gets a T-Rex shadow. The African continent becomes a death skull that mimics “the horror” at the “Heart of Darkness” of the Joseph Conrad novel. Metroplasm is a New York City subway directory where every stop leads to the giant marshmallow man.

Others get schematics. Die Hard gets its own Nakatomi Tower footprint complete with tiny explosions and an escaping helicopter. The chocolate factory gets an outsized shadow of Willy Wonka showcasing the sweet delights of his Cocoa Conduit mind. Trap Map is a schematic that displays all the booby traps Indiana Jones has to avoid if he is to become a “Raiders of the Lost Ark“.

Petrie by giving a classic a specific formal geography, schematic or blue print is merely echoing the topography we have of these holy relics charted onto our movie-making hearts.

Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles will be hoisting the charts of Anthony Petrie in a solo show that runs from January 9th-24th from 7pm-10 pm each night.

You can see more of Anthony Petrie’s work at his website.

Chum Chart


Dino Directory


Ghost Busters
Ghost Busters

Nakatomi Footprint

Die Hard
Die Hard

Cocoa Conduit

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Trap Map

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark


Joseph Conrad's Novel "Heart of Darkness"
Joseph Conrad’s Novel “Heart of Darkness”


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