Rick and Morty is just good fun. The show’s devoted fans watch episodes over and over again, laughing just as much as they did the first time they saw them. The show finds its storytelling niche in between mind-bending science fiction and outlandish absurdist humor, which continually surprises and immerses. And it’s everything about it: the art style, the writing, the cast, the performance and character archetypes. The whole execution is just top notch and fills a void that some shows just can’t anymore. (Yeah, we’re all looking at you, South Park.) Who would’ve thought that a show based on a Back to the Future-style relationship and crazy inter-dimensional space travel would speak to us so deeply? The further the show goes, the more the audience is coerced into caring for Rick (a seemingly impossible task) and cheering for Morty as he navigates the treacherous waters of teenage angst.
Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have created something truly special here, making the indeterminate wait for season three even more agonizing for the many fans. In fact, it’s a testament to the quality of the show that it has so many fans, especially fans that respond creatively—some so creatively, an art gallery will host their pieces in an exhibit devoted to the fan art of the show.
Gallery1988 is a pop-culture art gallery in Los Angeles with similar exhibits in the past featuring work inspired by The Coen Brothers, Bob’s Burgers and Seinfeld. These are all some of our favorite things.
So going through all of these pieces, we’ve picked out the top 25 that fully embody the spirit of the show, but also bring in a distinct creative element from the artist, unique to each piece. They’re mostly prints, but there’s also a couple of 3-D pieces. Also, keep an eye out for some exclusive commentary from a few of artists on their work.
The Rick and Morty gallery opened on Jan. 13 and will run during their business hours Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Click through the gallery above to see some of our favorites, and find the full, shoppable collection here.
Pete Mercer is an avid fan of Rick and Morty (duh, amirite?) and writes for Paste. Follow him for some Instagram-linked pictures of his dog, food and other random things.