Apr 29, 2016
Dennis Cornetta -- ‘Lewis’ for Stranger Factory Fifth Anniversary Exhibition (5.6)
Dennis Cornetta has been hard at work on a sharp new turtle figure which is scheduled to debut at the Stranger Factory Five Year Anniversary Exhibition on Friday, May 6th 2016. Cornetta sculpted Lewis digitally in Zbrush, 3D output him and is now casting up a little resin army of the figures. The snazzy yet sad turtle looks great with his bowtie and removable glasses. An accomplished artist, digital sculptor and more, Cornetta has his hands in several art toy projects including sculpting Brandt Peters’ upcoming Night King. Enjoy these in-progress pics (more after the jump) and keep an eye out for an update with painted pics.
Stranger Factory Five Year Anniversary Exhibition
Opening: Friday, May 6th, 2016 (6-9 PM)
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Apr 26, 2016
Preview: Baby Fatts Custom Show @ Rotofugi (5.13)
Rotofugi will host the Baby Fatts Customized Toy Exhibit opening on Friday, May 13th 2016, featuring artist interpretations of Big C’s adorable dragon resin. The show roster includes 2PetalRose, NC Winters, Frank Montano, kOmega, Eos, JFury1, JC Rivera, Brandon Dicks, Tim Wollweber, Mike Bell and the man himself, Big C. Hit the jump for a preview of some of the customs including work-in-progress pics.
Baby Fatts Customized Toy Exhibit
Opening: Friday May 13th, 2016 (7-10 PM)
2780 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago IL 60614
Apr 23, 2016
Preview: Scott Wilkowski at Woot Bear (4.30)
Scott Wilkowski will bring his signature ‘infected’ aesthetic to San Francisco for a one-night event at Woot Bear on Saturday, April 30th 2016 (6-9 PM). So far the gallery has posted preview shots including a trio of new Kamen Rider figures—seemingly based on the V3 costume—a trio of Infected Dunnys, and a pair of Kittens. Each of these mind-bending pieces feature Scott’s sick skeletal sculpts embedded within translucent resin. Also, it looks like Scott has sculpted ‘Baby Woot’, a new miniature mascot of the uninfected variety, as seen on the show flier.
Scott Wilkowski Exhibition
April 30th, 2016 (6-9 PM)
1512 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Apr 21, 2016
How & Nosm -- ‘In Between’ at Library Street Collective (4.23)
Known for their impossibly intricate murals and paintings, the street art duo How & Nosm—identical twins—will open In Between at the Library Street Collective in Detroit—epicenter of urban-influenced new contemporary art. The new collection continues their exploration of the universal themes of dichotomy and duality—the pull and push of forces and elements against one another, the interconnectedness of all things. In addition to 12 new canvas paintings, How & Nosm will, for the first time, offer 30+ pencil drawings, studies for wall murals, some for realized projects—‘born’—and others for projects yet to be realized—‘unborn’.
Fittingly, in conjunction with the exhibition, How and Nosm have undertaken their largest mural project to date, ‘Balancing Act’ which spans an awe-inspiring 184 x 60 foot space adjacent to Shepard Fairey’s mural at One Campus Martius in downtown Detroit.
Having had the opportunity to see their work from afar, and up-close, in-process, we are huge fans of How & Nosm’s work and inimitable work ethic as well—painting from sunrise to well beyond sundown. If you are in Detroit and have a chance to go to the opening, by all means, do so.
How & Nosm || In Between
Opening: Saturday, April 23rd 2016
Library Street Collective
1260 Library Street
Detroit, MI 48226
Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot (4.23)
Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot opens this Saturday (4.23) at the sexy Vincent Price Art Museum on the campus of East LA College. Curated by GR founder Eric Nakamura, the exhibition showcases the work of Albert Reyes, Ako, Castuera, Rob Sato, Matt Furie, Tiny Splendor, and Yoskay Yamamoto. While we haven’t seen much of the exhibition yet, we’re excited about Yoskay’s installation—with a walk-in house—his largest yet and a must-see.
The exhibition will also feature a selection of paintings and art toys from Aaron Brown, Andrew Hem, Comet Debris, Deth P Sun, Dril One, Gary Ham, Edwin Ushiro, Hellen Jo, Jen Tong, Katsuya Terada, KMNDZ, kozyndan, Jeremiah Ketner, Jerome Lu, Leecifer, Le Merde, Luke Chueh, Mari Inukai, Mark Nagata, Mark Todd, Mike Lee, Nathan Ota, Nikki McClure, Sarah Neyhart. Sean Chao, Seonna Hong, Shawn Cheng, Souther Salazar, Theo Ellsworth, Yosuke Ueno and more.
If you’re in or around LA, definitely drop by to check out Silent Wonderment, a celebration of the inspiring, vibrant and eclectic mix of art culture that is Giant Robot. Hit the jump for a preview of selected pieces and behind-the-scenes installation pics.
Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot
April 23rd to July 2nd 2016
Vincent Price Art Museum
East LA College
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754-6099
Apr 19, 2016
123KLAN -- ‘Style is the Message’ at First Amendment Gallery (4.21)
Street art/design super duo 123KLAN will slide into First Amendment Gallery in San Francisco on Thursday (4.21) for the opening of their Style is the Message solo. Husband and wife, Scien and Klor, have created a West Coast-influenced collection of new paintings featuring their gotta-have-it street-meets-design style. In addition to the original art, the gallery will have several limited-edition silkscreen prints for sale. If you’re in the Bay Area, drop in and check out their bold art featuring fierce beasts, cool customers, and ultra tight text.
123klan || Style is the Message
Opening: Thursday, April 21st (6:30 – 9:30 PM)
First Amendment Gallery
1000 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA
Apr 18, 2016
Luke Chueh -- ‘Damaged Goods’ at Inner State Gallery (4.22)
Luke Chueh will open his new solo, ‘Damaged Goods’, at Inner State Gallery in Detroit this Friday (4.22). As the flier and his artist statement mention, the new show explores the intersection of art and commerce. In addition to several original paintings, expect quite a few ‘goods’ as well. While it’s not exactly clear what the commerce side of the equation will bring in total, various art prints will certainly be part of the mix as Inner State is run by the same folks behind 1XRun. He’s specifically mentioned screen printing, hand-embellished prints, and laser-cutting—mmmmm.
Interestingly, Luke has been spending the last week or so working on pieces at 1xRun’s Artist-in-Residence loft in Detroit. From what he and the gallery have shared so far, he’s been focusing on works on paper. We’re curious to see how these paper pieces factor into the show. Luke doesn’t usually offer ‘sketches’, studies, or works on paper but that seems like a strong possibility. Perhaps some of the loft pieces will find their way onto various prints.
Luke Chueh || Damaged Goods
Opening: Friday, April 22nd 2016
Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot Ave.
Detroit Michigan, $8207
Apr 16, 2016
Sean Chao – Two Together at Giant Robot 2 (4.16)
Sean Chao will open his Two Together solo this evening—Saturday, April 16th—at Giant Robot 2. The heartfelt new collection features signature dioramas set within the abstracted shape of his longtime canine companion’s face, Nunu. Each of these pieces features a whimsical dog ship—piloted by a curious crew—built out of and powered by a curious, rustic patchwork of miniature plants, dim sum, other assorted edibles, rubber-band gears, and more. Beyond the canine cockpits are several free-form light-hearted pieces depicting friends enjoying each other’s company. Hit the jump for additional preview pics and the show flier.
Sean Chao || Two Together
Opening: Saturday April 16th, 2016 (6:30 – 10 PM)
Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Apr 06, 2016
Studio Gold Group Show at myplasticheart (4.16)
Next up for myplasticheart is Studio Gold opening on Saturday, April 16th 2016. For the fifth iteration of the annual group show, curators the Studio Miners have changed things up just a bit, both in format and scope. This year’s show doesn’t feature a theme, rather the 25 featured artists were given a wide-open creative slate: a 12” x 12” space to fill as they like. Also, As a compliment to the show, the Miners will release a Studio Gold zine at the opening—an exploration of the artists’ everyday inspiration and process through a look at their creative spaces, collections, and surroundings.
For 2016, Studio Gold features the work of Angry Woebots, Chris Austin, Maret Bondorew, Betso, Brian Butler, Bwana Spoons, Dave the Chimp, Chris RWK, Chula, Mathew Curran, Evoker, Flying Fortress, Ekiem, Kev Grey, Mike Guerrero, Michael C. Hsiung, Aya Kakeda, kaNO, Peter Kato, Phil Lumbang, MCA, OBLVN, Podgy Panda, Lou Pimentel, Clams Rockefeller, Smut Villain, Tougui (above) and Mr. Walters.
Opening: Friday April 16th 7-10PM
210 Forsyth St. NYC
Apr 02, 2016
Monsters and Misfits IV Online Preview
The Circus Posterus x Tomenosuke Monsters and Misfits IV semi-annual show opened in Tokyo on Friday morning Japan time. If you’ve been waiting for a chance to browse all the pieces from the show and order your favorites, now is the time –head on over to the MMIV Online Preview page.
Apr 01, 2016
Wesker Zhan -- Jack the Rascal Mini Exhibition + Signing at myplasticheart (4.1)
To celebrate the recent release of his first vinyl figure--Jack the Rascal--NYC artist Wesker Zhan will present a mini exhibition of his stylish baby pumpkins at myplasticheart on Friday (4.1, 7-9 PM). The exhibition will feature a full spectrum (30+) of hand-painted, one-of-a-kind Jack’s ($45). From pinks to blues and everything in between, your favorite color is almost certainly in the mix. In addition, there will be a super-limited black + pink edition (5 pcs, $40). Wesker—a talented illustrator—will also offer two new prints showcasing his zany retro-tinged characters. Finally, he’ll be signing his toys as well as Jack the Rascal mini signing cards created for the event.If you’re in or around the five boroughs be sure to drop by mph on April Fool’s Day for a close encounter with Jack and his maker.
Wesker Zhan|| Jack The Rascal Signing and Mini-Exhibition
Friday, April 1st 2016 (7-9 PM)
210 Forsyth St.
New York City, NY
Mar 30, 2016
Kathie Olivas & Brandt Peters – Hand-painted Blue Cosmic Healer Calliope & Otto to Debut at Monsters and Misfits IV (4.1)
Monsters and Mis fits IV—the semi-annual showcase organized by Circus Posterus and Tomenosuke—moves to Tokyo this year for the first time and opens at Shibuya Hikarie 8/ Creative Space on Friday (4.1) @ 11 AM JST. In addition to numerous fantastic original creature creations, the show will see a special release of the new hand-painted Blue Cosmic Healer Calliope & Otto sofubi set from Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters. Limited to just 12 sets (perhaps half will be in Japan), the figures will be available for 19,800 JPY (~ US$176) per set.
If you can’t make the opening, be sure to visit Tomenosuke’s online store on Friday at 7 PM PDT which is 11 AM Saturday Japan time, for an opportunity to purchase pieces still available from the show.
Finally, Tomenosuke will once again preserve the artists’ collective creativity with a full-color MMIV catalog. Hit the jump for a look at some of the catalog layouts which serve as a nice preview of the show. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our earlier preview.
Monsters and Misfits IV
April 1st – April 7 2016
Shibuya Hikarie 8F
2-21-1 Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Mar 29, 2016
QPOP Shop Presents - Konatsuya Exhibition 2! (04.01)
This Friday, April 1st QPOP Shop will be opening up their gallery for their second ever Konatsuya Exhibition! This is no joke! This show will feature Konatsu’s original artwork and custom handpainted Negora vinyl figures. This exhibit will also showcase custom Negora figures by over 40 artists. She will also be making her way out from Japan for the show for a living painting that Friday with a signing on Saturday, April 2nd from 2-5PM. Not only will there be some amazing custom pieces available, but there will also be exclusive “Q-Tie Pop” Negora and Migora sets for $48 and the Konatsu x PP Pudding Daioh Negora vs Cosimcat Set for $165. They’ve even got exclusive goods for your every day wear and your every day wall wear! The opening reception will be open from 7-10PM with items available on a first-come first-served basis with tickets being given out from 5-7PM.
Participating artists include:
64Colors , Alina Chau, Angela An, Aron Shay, Candie Bolton, Catherine Ho, Chris Mitchell, Squink, DAN, Devilrobots, Emily Warren, Evon Freeman, Grace Kim, Jane Schneider, StickUp Monster, Jeff Ranjo, Jeremiah Ketner, KAIJIN, Kakeruri, Keika Miyata, Keiko Murayama, KORATERS, Lissa Treiman, Magen Mitchell, Mai Nagamoto, Mark Taihei, Messy Pink, Mizna Wada, Monster Factory, Noriya Takeyama, Paul Kaiju, Paul Shih, Philip Light, P.P.Puding, Stephanie Ramirez, Sunguts, Sylvia Liu, T9G, Tara Billinger, TOUMA, UAMOU, Victoria Ying, Zach Bellisimo, and Zoe Moss.
QPOP / Q2 mini gallery
319 E 2nd street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mar 24, 2016
kaNO – Preview of Raw Goods at Woot Bear (3.26)
We recently dropped by kaNO’s studio to get a close-up look at the work for his new show, Raw Goods, which opens at Woot Bear/ KRSF on Saturday (3.26) from 6-9 PM. For the new collection, he has turned everyday objects drawn from his life and work into creative canvases. From characters painted on iconic orange Nike boxes and shopping bags to Zip Disks—once in-demand tech from a bygone era—and interpretations of classic cartoon characters on WB animation sheets, his new art works are personal expressions— pieces of his creative and everyday self. Annotated with facial expression cues and timing information for a behind-the-scenes feel, the cartoon portraits on clipboards blend kaNO’s art and his animation day job.
While most of the Raw Goods are presented much as you would normally find them, each of the Nike shopping bags are framed—an inspired decision, capturing and preserving a slice of time.
In addition to pieces done on Raw Goods, kaNO has also created three ‘Giants’ Dragon King customs paired with life-size matching Nunchucks and a trio of vibrant character portraits on black canvases. If you’re in or around the Bay area, definitely plan to drop by on Saturday night to check out the new work and chat with kaNO who will be making the trip for the opening.
kaNO || Raw Goods
Opening: Saturday, March 26th 2016 (6-9 PM)
1512 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Mar 22, 2016
kaNO – Raw Goods at Wootbear (3.26)
Awhile back we posted some early preview picsearly preview pics of kaNO’s upcoming Raw Goods show at Woot Bear/KRSF with a vague date of “in May”. Now, here’s the official flier for the show which opens this Saturday (3.26) and a few more choice pics from his instagram feed (after the jump). It’s fun to see the passage of time turn the once here and now into the old and retro – from 8-track tapes to Zip Disks—remember when those were amazing, 100 megs on a single disk !?! We’re off for a quick studio visit, so look for an in-depth preview soonish.
Mar 18, 2016
Ferg - Squadt Assembly 20 at Rotofugi (4.2)
The Squadt Assembly will soon open its doors once again on April 2nd for more build-a-Squadt fun. This time around, there’s a big twist – the debut of 20” Squadts. Ferg and Rotofugi will follow-up and surpass the original two original Assembly events in 2013 with a formidable build menu including 6” and 20” Gassed Squadts,a dizzying number of loadout options including weapons, gear, and lenses in a multitude of colors (translucent ftw!) and patterns. This year’s Assembly takes apparel choice one step beyond with on-the-spot screen printing to your choice of squadt clothing by the folks at Industry Print Shop. Based on the first two shows, we expect Ferg will offer several custom Squadts in addition to the build-it options. Perhaps we’ll also see a new production run for the show.
If you’re planning on an Assembly pilgrimage, Rotofugi will be handing out line tickets at 11 AM on the 2nd outside the gallery. If you can’t make the show, be sure to sign-up for the online lottery to purchase stock available after the opening weekend.
Ferg || Squadt Assembly 20
Opening: Saturday, April 2nd 2016 (7-10 PM)
2780 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago IL 60614
Paul Kaiju Solo Show at Stranger Factory
If you’ve been following Paul Kaiju on Instagram for the past month, you may have noticed he’s been working on something huge! That being his very own solo show at Stranger Factory, which is taking place this Saturday, March 19th from 6-9PM. He will have plenty of custom pieces available based on all of his vinyl figures. What we feel may be one of his most coveted pieces, will be the debut release of his Dual Headed Mockbat! Mr. PK will also be in attendance at his show, so if you’re in the area, be sure to give him a nice Albuquerque welcome!
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Mar 11, 2016
Rotofugi – Spring Mini Munny Painting Party & Class (3.26)
To celebrate the thaw, the coming bloom, and the joy of creativity, Rotofugi is hosting their Spring Mini Munny Painting Party & Class on Saturday, March 26th 2016 (1-4 PM). For $35 participants will receive a Mini Munny, have access to all needed paint/art supplies, and receive instruction from artist Mary Ruth Butterworth. Oh, did we mention the snacks ? You can create a festive spring Munny similar to the one on the flier or do your own thing surrounded by other creative folks. Keep the piece for yourself, or give it as an Easter gift to that someone special. You can register for the Spring Mini Munny class with Rotofugi now (class limit: 18).
Spring Mini Munny Painting Party & Class
Saturday, March 26th 2016 (1-4 PM)
2780 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Mar 04, 2016
Rivet Gallery Presents Jeff Lamm in “Like, Destroy Everything!” (3.05)
Rivet Gallery is happy to welcome back Jeff Lamm for another show at their Columbus, Ohio space! “Like, Destroy Everything!” will feature kaiju influenced artwork, as well as a special limited release of Jeff’s “Diseased” Edition SMD 5 /Eater figure from Unbox Industries! I can’t figure out how those guys came up with this colorway, but it’s amazing! Opening reception will take place on Saturday, March 5th from 7-10PM with Jeff in attendance.
1200 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201
Feb 19, 2016
Preview: Monsters and Misfits IV (4.1 –4.7)
With the Circus Posterus x Tomenosuke Monsters and Misfits IV show only a little over a month away, tasty preview pics and WIP shots have been flowing pretty freely from the semi-annual show’s artists including Andrew Bell (Zlik Hunter? above), Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Chris Ryniak, Amanda Louise Spayd, Lana Crooks, Cassia Harries, Shing Yin Khor, Leslie Levings, Carisa Swenson, Kevin Titzer. Sounds like a perfect time for a quick roundup/preview post of what’s in store for the show which opens on April 1st in Tokyo at the Shibuya Hikarie 8/ Creative Space. Hit the jump for a look at a few more of the fantastic, fearsome, and frolicking creatures dreamt up the talented crew headed to Tokyo!
Feb 18, 2016
Eric Joyner – Sweet Dominion at Corey Helford Gallery (2.20)
Eric Joyner returns to Corey Helford Gallery for Sweet Dominion which opens on Saturday (2.20) at their new sprawling space in DTLA. With his new collection, Joyner continues his exploration of life, mundane and fantastic, as experienced and transformed by two childhood pleasures: old-school robot toys and donuts. In addition to the retro ‘bots that are a staple of his work, several of the twenty new oil paintings offer updated visions featuring the well-known Transformers—iconic robots for a new generation. Ranging from nostalgia to gleeful celebration of adventure and exploration, Joyner’s work offers vivid sustenance for the inner child.
In addition to Sweet Dominion, Corey Helford will also present simultaneous openings of Nathan James’ Dark Matter and Below the Surface, a group show curated by Caro.
Eric Joyner || Sweet Dominion
Opening: Saturday February 20th, 2016 (7-11PM)
Corey Helford Gallery
571 S Anderson St (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Feb 16, 2016
SubUrban Vinyl Presents: Lou Pimentel in “Leggo my Lego” (2.20)
SubUrban Vinyl is proud to present, Lou Pimentel in “Leggo My Lego”. This solo art show will feature Lou’s watercolor pieces based on all things Lego! The opening reception will take place at SubUrban Vinyl on Saturday, February 20th from 6-9PM. Be sure to stop on by and hang out with some good peeps! Lou will be in attendance!
As a child Lou would spend countless hours drawing fish, or making costumes out of boxes, and scraps. Those worry-free, simple days were golden for him, and Lou aims to reconnect, and record those feelings with his art.
Lous body of work is like a time capsule documenting his interests, and feelings, past and present. It’s a way for him to connect with the viewer and tell them a bit about himself, his perspective of the world, and his experiences. In return, Lou hopes that people see a bit of themselves, and connect with the work on a deeper level.
Lou approaches his watercolors in the same manner that he did his oil paintings; creating an under painting in yellow ocher. But, after the under painting is done Lou jumps into his chaotic phase, where he creates splashes, puddles, and drips to give the work some drama. Lou pays close attention to values to help give his subjects the illusion of form and volume, but in very deliberate brush stokes, not worrying about smooth blends and transitions.
Everything Lou puts his name on is like a child to him; since he gave it life, and the fact that Lous work will still be around long after he is gone means a lot to him. Each creation is one of Lous footprints left behind. The work that he gave existence to also proves his own, and Lou thinks that’s beautiful.
4 Frederick St
Waldwick, NJ 07463
Feb 09, 2016
Tomenosuke x Circus Posterus – Monsters and Misfits IV (4.1.16)
After a two year hiatus, Monsters and Misfits IV is moving from its previous home Kusakabe Folk Museum in Hida-Takayama to Tokyo. Tomenosuke has announced that the fourth edition of their semi-annualc ollaboration with Circus Posterus will open on April 1st 2016 for a week-long run at 8/01/Court at the Hikarie creative space in Shibuya. The show will feature the work of Andrew Bell, Stan Manoukian, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Chris Ryniak, Amanda Louise Spayd, Lana Crooks, Cassia Harries, Shing Yin Khor, Leslie Levings, Carisa Swenson and Kevin Titzer. With the more centrally-located venue, this year’s edition should be the most well attended so far.
Monsters and Misfits IV
April 1st – April 7 2016
Shibuya Hikarie 8F
2-21-1 Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Feb 04, 2016
Hyperactive Monkey x Kidrobot SF x Woot Bear – Lunar New Year Celebration & Pop-Up Shop (2.13)
Next Saturday, February 13th at 6PM, be sure to make your way to Kidrobot San Francisco for a special Lunar Near Year Celebration event and Hyperactive Monkey Pop-Up shop! You can expect some good times, special limited edition exclusives, and of course red envelopes! The event will run until 9PM and is great for the whole family! Come out and celebrate the year of the Monkey!
1512 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Jan 28, 2016
kaNO – ‘Raw Goods’ Solo at Woot Bear in March
kaNO recently mentioned that he’s working on a new solo show, ‘Raw Goods’, opening at Woot Bear in San Francisco sometime in March. For the new collection, he’ll continue his recent approach of painting+drawing on everyday objects, this time transforming ‘raw’ materials into his own brand of art. In the past, we’ve seen pieces on 8-track tapes, Nike boxes and more. So far the Raw Goods include a brown bag piece and we’re pretty sure we’ll see more sneak peeks leading up to the opening.