Meet Jensen Karp. Karp runs a very cool art gallery in Los Angeles that specializes in the intersection of fine art, underground art, and pop culture. For example: Gallery 1988 recently commissioned and organized an exhibition of paintings by various artists inspired by filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma) and his ''SModcast'' podcasts with longtime producer and friend, Scott Mosier. You can check out the gallery's website and/or you can watch the short summary of the Smith/Mosier-homage ''SMart Show'' below. Warning: It probably goes without saying that the artwork, produced by hardcore Smith fans, captures the director's notoriously edgy comic sensibility.
Karp is a Lost fan. And as it happens, the people at Lost are fans of Gallery 1988, especially Lost associate producer Noreen O'Toole and co-producer Samantha Thomas. Not long ago, they all got together and brainstormed a very novel idea: a Lost-inspired art initiative, but with a viral component involving websites and events that would allow fans from all over to buy limited edition prints of the art. The initiative would also have another purpose: serving as a big Thank You from the producers of Lost to the Web-based loyalists who've spent five years faithfully obsessing over the show.
And so was born the Lost Underground Art Project. Karp reached out to 16 well-respected poster artists who were also serious Lost aficionados and asked them to create a piece that re-articulated a classic Lost moment in their own unique style. The Scheer stunt at Comic-Con helped launch the online hub for the viral component, DamonCartlonAndAPolarBear.com. Scheer generated even more attention for the site with a comic video chronicling his attempt to infiltrate the Lost writers' offices. After getting lost on the Disney lot and bumping into Lindelof and Cuse without realizing it Scheer rummaged through the trash and discovered a shredded document that turned out to be the cover page of the script for season 6's first episode. The skit created a stir among Lost fans because it gave us our first official tease about the new season, as the cover page included the episode's intriguing title: ''LA X.'' Suddenly, Lost's Web-dwelling fans were visiting DamonCartlonAndAPolarBear.com daily to see what would happen next.
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