Oct 07, 2015
Giant Robot Biennale IV at The Japanese American National Museum (10.9)
Giant Robot will continue their wildly successful Biennale series at the Japanese American National Museum with Saturday evening’s (10.9) opening of Biennale 4 (thru 1.24.16). As with the past iterations, the museum exhibition will showcase the unique blend of Asian American art and culture which Giant Robot has cultivated over the years.
This year’s show will feature an emphasis on drawing in the Museum’s lower gallery with highlights including James Jean’s sketchbooks, old and new drawings by comic book legend Jim Lee, works by the amazing Korean artist Kim Jung Ji, a recreation of Edwin Ushiro’s studio which will provide guests with the opportunity to draw their own pieces, and live drawing sessions by Katsuya Terada. Additionally, the Giant Robot Room will celebrate the history of the brand through 50 iconic objects from cherished books to pivotal toys.
The upstairs gallery will feature paintings, murals, and installations from select artists whose work is rooted in drawing including Luke Chueh, Andrew Hem, Mari Inukai, Audrey Kawasaki, Nathan Ota, Mu Pan, and Yoskay Yamamoto. Be sure to hit the jump for a look at Andrew Hem’s ethereal mural and Yoskay Yamamoto’s multi-layered night sky installation featuring paintings, carved wood figures and his hanging raindrop figures.
Giant Robot Biennale 4
Opening Party: Saturday, October 10th (7-10 PM)
Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Coarse – New York Scratches with Omen Fade Ignited at myplasticheart (10.9)
As previously teased, Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk of Coarse will make the trip to NYC for ‘New York Scratches’ on Friday (10.9) @ myplasticheart. In addition to showcasing some new work, the event will feature a special release – Omen Fade Ignited. The GID edition comes in an elegantly screen-printed bag with a dedication to the late collector Roman Shevchenko—whose bright yet brief life is the inspiration for the figure. Each piece was packed in LA by the Coarse crew as a heartfelt last goodbye. The 7” Omen Fade Ignited will be available for $90 at the event.
Coarse || New York Scratches
Friday, October 9th (8-10 PM)
210 Forsyth Street
New York, NY
Oct 03, 2015
Coarse NYC Event at myplasticheart (10.9)
What’s this ?!? Coarse in NYC ? Mark and Sven will be flying out for a fun event at myplasticheart on Friday (10.9.15) – yes, that’s NYCC weekend. So far there’s not much more info except for the almost Permanent Guest-like Raccoon character on the flier. Hopefully more info will surface shortly. We’re very curious to see what Coarse will let out of their creative bag.
Oct 02, 2015
Rivet Gallery Presents: Jeremy Sorrell in “Adrift” (10.03)
Rivet Gallery is proud to present Jeremy Sorrell in his very own solo exhibit, “Adrift”. This show will feature plenty of original artwork, as well as a limited selection of art prints. The opening ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 3rd from 7-10PM. Jeremy will also be in attendance of the opening, so be sure to stop by and give him a big “Hello!”.
Sep 17, 2015
Amanda Visell for 3A’s With Smile on Our Lips (9.19-9.27)
3A’s Japan Venture event, With Smiles on Our Lips, opens this weekend (9.19) at 3331 Arts Chiyoda and runs through September 27th. The anticipated show features original art and toys from Ashley Wood, Amanda Visell, Phil Hale, Siuyin, and William Wray. For her part, Amanda Visell will be showing a new collection of original paintings including at least one crossover piece: an evocative WWR painting (above). She will also be releasing her exclusive Bramble + Kitty resin figure sets ($160) which look great from the stylized sculpt to her signature hand-painted dry brush deco.
September 19th - 27th, 2015
3331 Arts Chiyoda
6-11-14 Sotokanda Chiyoda-Ku Tokyo 101-0021
Sep 09, 2015
Mai Hiro – Spiki’s Java Adventure
Mai Hiro and Nakanari are going on a tour all over Indonesia for “Spiki’s Java Adventure”. He will be sharing his experience with others on the design and toy world at local universities. If you are in the area, we implore you to go and check it out! Tour information is as follows:
September 19: “Not My Spiki Show” Exhibition/Plastic Culture – Jakarta
September 20: Kumpul Kreavi – Jakarta
September 22: Constructing Your Brand Through Passion/Ciputra University – Surabaya
September 23: Cultivating A Creative Brand/Forward Factory – Surabaya
September 28: Jakarta Institute Of The Art/Institu Kesenian Jakarta – Jakarta
October 1: Powerful Personal Branding/Unisadhuguna International College – Jakarta
Sep 02, 2015
Double Parlour – Parlor Tricks at myplasticheart (9.12)
myplasticheart will present the emotionally evocative work of Double Parlour with Parlor Tricks, opening on Saturday September 12th, 2015. The husband and wife duo will travel to NYC to unveil a new collection which going by their teasers on instagram will offer a little bit of everything from eccentric and enigmatic to forlorn and frightening. Hit the jump for a look at what Double Parlour has conjured up.
Double Parlour || Parlor Tricks
Opening: Saturday, September 12th 2015 (7 to 10 PM)
210 Forsyth St.
New York NY 10002
Sep 01, 2015
Toy Art Gallery ends Brick and Mortar run with “Famous Last Words” (9.5)
Toy Art Gallery will present its final show, Famous Last Words, on Saturday (9.5). Famous Last Words will feature a selection of limited-edition and oneoff toys form Izumonster, Joseph Harmon, Kikkake Toy, Martin Ontiveros, Miscreation Toys, Restore, Pico Pico, T9G and Uamou.
Without Famous Last Words, TAG’s retail location run is about to come to a close but its legacy of support for the burgeoning indie toy scene will live on as the brand refocuses on toy production and its online store. Props to Gino Joukar and the TAG crew for serving the art toy community for the past 5+ years with monthly shows highlighting indie toy artists and an unmatched shopping experience for soft vinyl art toys.
Aug 28, 2015
Xiem Tiki Cermaic Group Show (8.29)
If you love the cool, kitsch, and pseudo-Polynesian flair of tikisyou’ll want to check out the one-night only Xiem Tiki group show this Saturday (8.29) from 6 to 9 PM at Xiem Clay Center in Pasadena. Co-curated by Michelle Valigura and Michael Sbicca, the show features ceramic tiki interpretations from Crazy Al, Eric October, Heather Rosenman, Jenelle Pietrzak, Lynn Chang, Michelle Valigura, Stephen L. Horn, Titia Estes, and Wendy Cevola.
As you can see above and in the preview pics (after the jump), Michelle has gone whole tiki with mugs, wall-mounted planters, ornamental masks, a bird house, and more. It also sounds like she’ll be showing off some Switcheroo ceramic protos as well.
Saturday, August 29th 2015 (6 to 9 PM)
Xiem Clay Center
1563 N. Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91104
Aug 05, 2015
Twisted Planet Group Show at Toy Art Gallery (8.8)
Toy Art Gallery has an excellent artist lineup for its August show. Opening on Saturday (8.8), Twisted Planet features sofubi, resin toys, paintings and more from Cometdebris, Joseph Harmon, Galaxy People, and Martin Ontiveros. Based on the numerous preview images floating on instagram, this one is shaping up to be a very nice exhibition. From the debut of Joseph Harmon’s Wolf Thing Bat Mother vinyl produced by TAG to Martin Ontiveros’ Wizards mini-fig set to the sweet Purple and Yellow marbled custom Kappa Kids from Cometdebris, there’s plenty of awesome to be had. Hit the jump for a nice selection of preview images.
Opening: Saturday August 8th 2015 (7-10 PM)
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046
Giant Robot 2 Presents: Flat Bonnie in “Flatness” (08.08)
Taking place at Giant Robot 2 this Saturday, August 8th is Flat Bonnie’s very own solo show, “Flatness”. Flat Bonnie will be unveiling her new wall art flatties, which are vinyl pleather versions of her characters that are stuffed and sewn onto a vinyl canvas. She of course will also have a bunch of new colorways of her plush characters. The doors will open at 630PM and will close at 10PM! Take a look after the jump for some photos of what is to come!
2015 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Aug 04, 2015
Tasha Zimich for Vive La Lolligag at Woot Bear (8.29)
From the previews we’ve seen so far, the upcoming Vive La Lolligag custom show at Woot Bear (8.29) is looking really good. For her turn with Lolligag, Tasha Zimich looked at the curly-cue hair contours and saw … eyeballs. Sculpted detail in a toy can be an obstacle to customizing, so it’s nice to see Tasha coming up with a creative approach. Going with a bit of a macabre Victorian theme, Tasha dreamt up and painted Miss Kiss. Props for the incorporating the accessories and the Moot mini-figure.
In addition to Tasha’s work, Vive La Lolligag will feature customs by nearly 50 artists including Betso, Big C, Brandon Dicks, Candie Bolton, Carson Catlin, Cat Atomic, ChrisRWK, Daniel Fleres, Downtimer, EoS, Eric Tan, Frank Montano, Gretchen Lewis, Haus of Boz, Heidi Kenney, Horrible Adorables, Irene Garcia, Jason Hornbuckle, Jeff Gomez, Jenn and Tony Bot, Jerome Lu, JFURY, Joey Chou, JRAD, J*Ryu and Vampy, Leecifer, Malo April, matthew Knight, Melodreama, Mikie Graham, Ming Ming Castillo, Mizna Wada, Martin Hsu, Nakanari, Nate, Obscure, Philip Lumbang, Rich Shehan, Riser, RXSeven, Sneaky Raccoon, Task One, ToyArtCustom, Tyler Ham, Valley Dweller, William Rummel, Zachary Sweets, and Zard.
Aug 02, 2015
Chrisrwk and Phil Lumbang – Metal and Fur at myplasticheart (8.8)
myplasticheart with present the work of NYC artist Chrisrwk and LA artist Phil Lumbang with Metal and Fur which opens on August 8th 2015 in NYC. The exhibition sees both artists pushing themselves creatively. Chrisrwk will expands his Robots Will Kill universe with a greater focus on narrative while Phil Lumbang shares a new perspective on his signature bear and friends with a new colorful painting style. In addition to their own individual work, the two have also collaborated on a few pieces which blend their two worlds and styles. Hit the jump for a small preview harvested from @chrisrwk and @philiplumbang.
Jul 29, 2015
Mishka LA Presents: Special Edition T-Shirt Release with Paul Kaiju (08.08)
On Saturday, August 8th, Mishka Los Angeles will be having a very special event! Taking place is the release of a limited edition shirt featuring the artwork of none other than Paul Kaiju and Super-Junk! This one night event will also a limited number of custom one-off figures! Wristbands will go out at 6PM and then numbers called at 7PM. Good times are too be had with plenty of good folks and good beverages
128 S. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA
Jul 27, 2015
Clutter x Kidrobot – DTA Dunny Show 2 (01.09)
Clutter Magazine and Kidrobot will be returning with the DTA Dunny Show 2! This group exhibit will feature customs from some of the best in the game! Choice of canvas of course will be 8” and 20” Dunnys. Sales from the show will help benefit the Designer Toy Awards. Participating artists include: Abell Octovan, Amanda Louise Spayd, Andrea Kang, Artmymind, Brent Nolasco, Charles Rodriguez, Chris Ryniak, Dolly Oblong, fplus, Gary Ham, Gianluca Traina, Ian Ziobrowski, Jenn & Tony Bot, kaNO, Mab Graves, Quiccs, RxSeven, Seymour, Sket-One & Jamie Lee Cortez, and Yu Maeda.
The opening reception will take place on Saturday, January 9th from 6-9PM. All of the pieces will be available for purchase both in store and online. Be sure to register on their website to better your odds in nabbing a custom piece!
163 Main St.
Beacon, NY 12508
Jul 16, 2015
Nosego x Silent Stage x Thinkspace – Spirit Hand (7.18)
As a compliment to his new collection of paintings featuring brightly hued, out-of-this-world creatures, Nosego’s Along Infinite River solo—opening at Thinkspace on Saturday (7.18)—will feature his new Spirit Hand (4” x 9” x 5”) resin sculptures. Created in collaboration with Silent Stage, Spirit Hand features an ethereal, disembodied hand (with wrist bone) as seen in several of his paintings. The show will feature three one-off Spirit Hands cast in beautifully translucent resin in red, green and purple as well as as a hand-painted edition of three.
[Photos by Thinkspace and Woebots (@woes)]
Nosego ||Along Infinite River
Opening: Saturday, July 18th 2015 (6-9 PM)
6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Jul 13, 2015
The Art of Toys at Museum of Art & History in Lancaster (7.18)
The Art of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective of Designer Toys at the Museum of Art & History in Lancaster, California begins with a special ticked VIP Night ($45) on Friday (7.17). As the title suggests, the museum exhibition presents a history of designer toys by focusing on artists on the West Coast —one of the primary hubs of the movement—who saw vinyl toys as an exciting new canvas for their transformative brand of lowbrow/pop surrealist art, centered in Los Angeles.
Co-curated by Julie B. of Pretty in Plastic and Heidi Johnson of Hijinx Artists Management, the Art of Toys features works from more than 100 artists, makers, toy shops and galleries including Gary Baseman, Luke Chueh, Tristan Eaton, Ron English, Frank Kozik, Joe Ledbetter, Buff Monster, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Mark Ryden, Greg (CRAOLA) Simkins, Toy Art Gallery, DKE Toys, Giant Robot, Meltdown, Munky King, Necessaries Toy Foundation, Pretty In Plastic, Silent Stage Gallery, Super7, 3DRetro, Circus Posterus / Stranger Factory.
The Art of Toys: A Left Coast Retrospective of Designer Toys
Saturday, July 18th 2015 thru September 6th, 2015
Museum of Art & History
665 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534
Jul 03, 2015
Peter Kato & myplasticheart Presents: Bedtime Stories (07.11)
Peter Kato and myplasticheart proudly present: Bedtime Stories, a custom Bedtime Bunnies exhibition. This show will debut the 4.5” Bedtime Bunny figure, made specifically for the participating artists to customize. There will be over 30 artists showcasing their interpretation of the figure, following a fairytale theme. The show will take place on Saturday, July 11th at myplasticheart from 7-10PM.
Artists include: 64 Colors, Alyce Benevides. Andrea Kang, Bjornik, Boykong, Candie Bolton, Doktor A, Doubleparlour, Haus of Boz, Jellykoe, Jenn and Tony Bot, Jeremiah Ketner, Joanne Hsieh, Jon Paul Kaiser, Justin Alan Volpe, Kelly Denato, Kyle Kirwan, Lou Pimentel, Map-Map, Mariangela Tan, Nange Magro, Nathan Jurevicius, OddFauna , Onell Design, Rich Page, SKULL TOYS, Sneaky Raccoon, Stickymonger, Sugar Fueled, TADO and Teru Fujita.
210 Forsyth St.
New York, NY 10002
Jun 27, 2015
Tristan Eaton x Nychos for ‘Vitality and Verve’ at the Long Beach Museum of Art
Here’s a look at the new massive mural Tristan Eaton and Nychos created on reclaimed panel for the amazing Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape show at the Long Beach Museum of Art—a collaboration between the museum, Thinkspace Gallery and Pow! Wow!— which opened on Friday (6.26) and runs through September 27th, 2015. The mural is just one of the exhibit’s several floor to ceiling murals and installations from a loaded roster including Alex Yanes,Andrew Schoultz, Audrey Kawasaki, Brendan Monroe, Brandon Shigeta, Cryptik, Esao Andrews, Greg 'Craola' Simkins, Hottea, James Bullough, Jeff Soto, John S. Culqui, Low Bros (above), Meggs, Nosego, Nychos, Saber, and Tristan Eaton. Head on over to Dailydujour for photos of most of the murals and installations from the exhibit.
Jun 26, 2015
Gunnzo Presnts: Paul Kaiju & Bwana Spoons (07.11)
It is no SDCC without one of Paul Kaiju’s Off-site events! He will once again be heading back to Gunnzo for a night of toy releases! Although this year he will not be venturing alone, as Bwana Spoons will be partaking in the festivities. The event will be filled with toys, refreshments and tacos of course! The show will take place on Saturday, July 11th at 6PM, which is when the raffle tickets to purchase will be distributed. The drawings will then take place at 7:30PM.
2445 Juan St.
San Diego, CA 92110
Jun 23, 2015
Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape at Long Beach Museum of Art (6.26)
While we enjoy street art getting its due in galleries and museums, we often feel that the confines of a frame limit artists who excel in creating massive murals. If you feel similarly, the upcoming Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape which opens on Friday (6.26) at the Long Beach Museum of Art is a must-see event. A collaboration between Thinkspace Gallery, Pow! Wow and the museum, the group show features indoor murals and site-specific installations from an impressive roster including Aaron Horkey, Alex Yanes, Andrew Schoultz, Audrey Kawasaki, Brendan Monroe, Cryptik, Esao Andrews, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Hot Tea, James Bullough, Jason Scroggin, Jeff Soto, John S. Culqui, Low Bros, Meggs, Nosego, Nychos, Saber and Tristan Eaton. The show will also feature a photo exhibition from Brandon Shigeta.
A perfect compliment to the ongoing Pow! Wow! Long Beach, Vitality and Verve opens on Friday with the ticketed LBMA After Dark event ($10, 7 to 10 PM). Hit the jump for a few previews from Thinkspace’s instagram.
'Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape'
Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90803
Jun 19, 2015
Super7 Presents: Little Friends of Printmaking in “We Hope You Like Cats” (Tonight)
Little Friends of Printmaking will be at Super7 tonight for their all-cat themed print show, “We Hope You Like Cats”. There will be a bunch of new designs you’re not going to want to miss out on! Festivities begin at 6PM PST at Super7 San Francisco.
1427 Haight St (@ Masonic)
San Francisco, CA 94117
Jun 11, 2015
Splurrt, Kagemaru, and Leo Sofvi Bouya - “Abnormable” (6.13) at Toy Art Gallery
Toy Art Gallery will present Abnormable opening on Saturday, June 13th 2015. The show stars a trio of artists known for their monstrous creations–-Splurrt, Kagemaru and Leo Sofvi Bouya. Look for plenty of hand-painted sofubi both one-offs and editions. Plus, looks like TAG will release Splurrt’s Cadaver Balls project which features a Cadaver body plus four interchangeable heads (with caps for individual display): Cadaver Kid, the Twins and Voodoo.
Opening: Saturday, June 13th 2015 (7-10 PM)
Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 04, 2015
FOE Gallery Presents: Bwana Spoons and Friends in “Broadarrfest U.S.” (05.06)
Brodarrfest U.S. will be hitting FOE Gallery this Saturday, June 6th! Bwana Spoons along with 28 other artists created both 2D and 3D artworks celebrating the Suns of Brodarr. Participating artists include: Arbito, Cherry Au, Cop A Squat Toys, Damion Silver, David Horvath, Dead Presidents, Eric Nilla, Dril One, Grizlli Atom, Grumble Toy, Guumon, Jeff Lamm, Johan Ulrich, John Black, Joseph Harmon, Mab Graves, Mark Nagata, Martin Ontiveros, Mel Stringer, MVH, Oliver Hibert, Peter Kato, Ryan Berkley, Scrappers, Walter Parenton and Zack Soto. The opening reception will take place from 5-8PM!
FOE Store & Gallery
114 Main St #2
Northampton MA 01060
Rivet Gallery Presents: Patrick Wayner in “Against the Grain” (05.06)
For Rivet’s latest installment, they’ve asked the very talented Patrick Wayner to take over their gallery for his very own exhibit, “Against the Grain”. All of the pieces from this show were created with a scroll saw, as well as a variety of wood working tools. All of these majestic 3D creatures were hand-cut, hand-brushed and colored by Patrick. The opening reception will take place this Saturday, June 6th from 7-10PM. Patrick will also be in attendance, so be sure to stop by and say “Hi”.
1200 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201