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.
Jan 09, 2016
Sweet Customs for the DTA Dunny Show 2 (1.9)
DTA Dunny Show 2 just opened at Clutter Gallery in Beacon, NY! So it’s a perfect time for us to do a preview/last-minute reveal round-up (wink). Here’s a quick round-up of the show which features both 8” & 20” customs from a talented group including 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 (above), Mab Graves, Quiccs, RXSEVEN, Seymour, Sket One & Jamie Lee Cortez, and Yu Maeda. There’s some great work here – with several showcase 20’s including Gary Ham’s Luka + Tapistree toy treehouse head turner, Sket & Jamie’s nostalgic snow cone design, RXSeven’s gnarly cosmic creation and stellar 8” pieces including Seymour’s whimsically wicked Mondo Meltdown (great custom sculpting + paint) and painter Mab Graves’ elegant butterfly lady.
DTA Dunny 2 Show
Opening: Saturday, January 9th 2016 (6-9 PM)
163 Main St.
Beacon, NY 12508
Jan 08, 2016
QUICCS – BABYTEQ Customs for DTA Dunny 2 (1.9)
For this weekend’s DTA Dunny 2 show (1.9) at the Clutter Gallery, QUICCS has upped the TEQ with deluxe 2-figure sets. Riffing off his previous BABYTEQ customs, QUICSS created a new K9 companion concept made cleverly from two 3” Dunnys (one armless 3” jointed with another armless+headless Dunny + ear as tail). Rather than doing just one 8” BABYTEQ + K9 combo, QUICCS has created two custom sets with different color schemes – SRCH + Destroy (camo, orange, and black) and ARMD + Dangerous (Gray, Black & Blue). Each set will be available for $350. Both look great – especially SRCH + Destroy.
DTA Dunny 2 Show
Opening: Saturday, January 9th 2016 (6-9 PM)
163 Main St.
Beacon, NY 12508
Dec 10, 2015
Ron English – NeoNature:We Are the New They at Corey Helford (12.12)
Corey Helford will inaugurate their brand-new 12,000 square-foot DTLA location with NeoNature by none other than Ron English. The exhibition ponders an alternate unfolding of life, an exploration of evolution starring and driven in part by us—the human condition—with all of our foibles, flaws, and fixations. The show features original paintings, sculptures including a revisit of Cathy Cowgirl and two installations, one featuring Ron’s Camo Deer and the other an intimate look at the Bigfoot family.
To celebrate Ron English’s new show and the opening of the new gallery, Corey Helford will be giving free sets of four mini-prints (4” x 6”) to the first 300 guests on opening night.
Additionally, the gallery will also present Beyond Worlds, a group show curated by Caro, in the secondary exhibition room. The exhibition will feature work from Ana Bagayan, Carlo Cane, Carmel Seymour, Carol Liu, David Slone, Hannah Yata, Heiko Müller, Hikari Shimoda, Jennybird Alcantara, Jess Littlewood, Joe Hengst, Juan Travieso, Kazuki Takamatsu, Kazuhiro Hori, Meghan Howland, Naoto Hattori, Natalie Shau, Okuda, Sarah Dolby, Simone "Toki Doki" Legno, Hirabayashi Takahiro, Tom Bagshaw, Yasuaki Okamoto, Yoko d'Holbachie, Yosuke Ueno, Yoh Nagao, Yumiko Kayukawa, and Yusk Imai.
Ron English ||NeoNature: We Are the New They
Opening: Saturday, December 12th, 2015 (7 to 10 PM)
Corey Helford Gallery
571 South Anderson St.
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 08, 2015
Amanda Visell & Michelle Valigura – Swallow The Moon (12.12) at GURÚ in Mexico City
Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura will open their Swallow The Moon exhibition at GURÚ in Mexico City on Saturday (12.12). The bold sentiment of the title flows through both artists’ new work. Amanda’s paintings focus on survival, in the wild and in a still-rigid society. From ancient civilizations to the modern feline, Michelle has created striking ceramic pieces including decorative wall-mounted pieces, stylishly functional bird feeder, bowls and more.
Amanda Visell & Michelle Valigura ||Swallow the Moon
Opening: Saturday, December 12th, 2015 (5-8 PM)
Londres 37, Col. Juarez
Mexico City, Mexico
Nov 30, 2015
Calvin Ma and Erika Sanada -- ‘Play’ at myplasticheart (12.12)
myplasticheart will close out their 2015 gallery season in style with ‘Play’ (12.12) featuring the work of two excellent, innovative sculptors--Erika Sanada (above) and Calvin Ma (below). Erika specializes in adorable yet not always innocent nor innocuous, slightly surreal animals with subtle, beautifully painted details that evoke the characters in her soft, cuddly sculpts. Calvin Ma’s precise work centers around his signature house-head character travelling in all manner of vehicles- many drawn from the pages of comics or sci-fi classics--sometimes accompanied by various animals. As with Erika’s work, Calvin’s painting style is an integral element – his signature multi-colored, striped aesthetic provides visual texture and accentuates the surreal nature of the pieces. While not ‘art toy’ artists per se, both artists create wonderfully artful, striking sculptural – not to be missed if you’re in or around NYC.
Erika Sanada & Calvin Ma || ‘Play’
Opening: Saturday, December 12th, 2015 (7-10 PM)
210 Forsyth St.
New York, New York 10002
Nov 17, 2015
Sket-One – ‘Resurrection’ Star Wars Show at Flood Gallery (11.19)
From his Vader x Christianity Our Father sculpture to the Galactic Empire take on the California Flag and the various prayer candles on display, Sket One has taken us on quite the galactic adventure for over a year and a half as he has reconsidered religion, government and more through the all-consuming phenomena that is Star Wars. It’s all led to ‘Resurrection’ a new Star Wars-inspired solo opening on Thursday (11.19) at the Flood Gallery in West Hollywood.
From the numerous previews on instagram, the new show will be a catharsis of sorts, a full frenzy of his Star Wars-inspired art featuring new editions of his prior works mentioned above as well as new ones including what appear to be melted Stormtrooper heads, and what just might be a Star Wars style Ark of the Covenant(?!?). Expect an edition of 5 full-size Galactic Empire flags as well as prayer candles including a new Obi-Wan design.
Be sure to mark your calendar and RSVP for the opening.
Sket-One || Resurrection
Opening: Thursday, November 19th at 6 PM
5810 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Nov 07, 2015
Seen: Tristan Eaton -- ‘Legacy’
Tristan Eaton opened his new solo Legacy—celebrating and relating the life-defining stories of family and close friends—Saturday night at Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles, where he was raised and which he currently calls home. Presented by Detroit-based Library Street Collective, the sold-out show features 18 original aerosol + acrylic paintings, primarily collage-style portraits done in the artist’s signature style as seen in his epic murals around the world.
Each of the portraits explores a loved one’s life story through a collection of visually striking fragments – a symbol, a slice of a pivotal moment and more. The show also features the artist’s first-ever self-portrait, The Son. Perhaps my favorite piece from the show, the towering 8’ piece bristles with powerful images, patterns, and text embodying one of the most driven artists I’ve had the pleasure to meet. The self-portrait and the other large-scale works create a challenging tension for the viewer between the multi-layered whole and the overlapping parts, some presented in whole while others are left intentionally fragmented and partially obscured.
In addition to the original paintings, the show features six works limited to editions of 5. Measuring 12x12”, the compositions—featuring elements drawn partly from the original paintings—are digitally printed on a shiny metallic substrate. These smaller pieces offer stylish introduction into Tristan’s blossoming career as a painter, at a relatively low cost ($600).
To accompany the new work, Library Street Collective released a hand-embellished, signed print of The Psychic (24x36”,150 pieces, $300) and launched The Murals of Tristan Eaton showcasing 20 select murals created from August 2013 through July 2015. The 150+ page volume captures the bold conceptual vision, unprecedented compositional detail, and audacious execution of these head-turning works of public art through numerous photographs including full-page detail shots and process imagery. The book is a must-have for Tristan Eaton collectors, fans and followers. The copies purchased at the show were packaged in boxes stenciled with the artist’s logo, a great touch.
Additionally, be on the lookout for the Legacy ‘Time Capsules’ – stylish, seemingly empty cork-topped bottles concealing a USB drive featuring the audio interviews with the life stories that inspired the artwork, show catalog and a digital version of the mural book.
Legacy runs through Saturday, November 14th 2015. If you can, definitely plan to drop by and immerse yourself in Tristan Eaton’s compelling new body of work that impresses with its scope, conceptually and aesthetically, and execution. The exhibition is an early, enticing chapter in his path as a fine-art painter.
Tristan Eaton || “Legacy”
Through Saturday, November 14th 2015 (7 PM)
1331 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
myplasticheart - WuzOne Toy Signing and Sketching (11.11)
On Wednesday, November 11 from 6-8PM myplasticheart will have WuzOne at the shop to do some toy signing and sketching! If you've got a hankering to get your 'No Strings On Me' Dunny signed or if you're looking for to get an awesome sketch. That would be the perfect time. Bring your books, bring your blanks and your babies! WuZOne will also have some custom toys in display you're not going to want to miss.
210 Forsyth St.
New York, NYC 10002
Nov 03, 2015
Tristan Eaton -- “Legacy” at Subliminal Projects (11.7)
For Tristan Eaton things come full circle with Saturday’s opening of his family-focused “Legacy” exhibition at Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles, his childhood home. Presented by the Detroit-based Library Street Collective, Legacy is a visual time-capsule relating the multi-faceted stories of family member’s lives through abstract portraits with each swath representing a key milestone or aspect of their identity. The previewed paintings include portraits of the artist’s Father (above), Mother, Brother and his first self-portrait (likely “The Artist”). The large- scale of these works (several measure 5’ x 6’ and 6’x7’) should add to the impact of the collage-style works.
The show’s concept and the artist’s approach was inspired by his father’s passion for listening to the stories of friends and families that shaped and defined them. In preparation for the show, Eaton recorded interviews of his family in order to capture stories to depict in his paintings. What he initially thought of as merely part of the process, soon become something more – a perfect compliment to the visual record of legacy. In light of this, Tristan has created limited-edition time capsules -- USB drives featuring the audio interviews, digital catalog of the show, and a digital copy of his new mural book-- in intriguing form as seemingly empty cork-capped bottles.
The first 100 attendees to the public opening (11.7.15) will receive a signed 24 x 36” giclee print of Tristan’s “Audrey Mulberry” mural.
Tristan Eaton || “Legacy”
Opening: Saturday, November 7th 2015 (7 PM)
1331 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Oct 29, 2015
81Bastards at Giant Robot (10.31)
Not sure what to do on Halloween ? Why not check out 81Bastards at Giant Robot 2 on Saturday (10.31). The exhibition features individual and collaborative works from the members of the art collective for which the show is named. A mix of designers, artists, photographers and more, 81Bastards is Mhak, Yoshi47, Jun Inoue, Naoki “Sand” Yamamoto, OT, Rio Yamamoto, 3140 Style, Ghostpatrol, and Yoskay Yamamoto. Hit the jump for a little preview culled mostly from instagram.
Opening: Saturday, October 31st 2015 (6:30 – 10 PM)
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Oct 22, 2015
myplasticheart Presents: Podgy Panda in Boy & Bear (10.24)
Coming all the way to New York City from Auckland, New Zealand is Podgy Panda for his very own solo show at myplasticheart, Boy & Bear. This imaginary world created by Podgy Panda is filled with Cave-dwelling goblins, board-gaming ghosts and sumo pandas. This sounds like a place I’d like to vacation too. Boy & Bear will feature prints, as well as original artwork in Podgy’s signature blue pencil style. The opening reception will take place this Saturday, October 24th from 7-10PM, where Podgy himself will also be in attendance! Be sure to stop by and give the chap a nice East Coast welcome!
myplasticheart toy store & gallery
210 Forsyth St.
New York NY 10002
Oct 16, 2015
Dabs Myla – Before and Further (10.17)
Dabs Myla have let their whimsical creativity flow over, around, and throughout a 4,000 square foot Spanish Revival building for their most ambitious and immersive show to-date: Before and Further opening on Saturday (10.17) at furniture maker Modernica’s factory in Los Angeles.
Building on their towering murals and their comprehensive indoor installations, Dabs Myla have gone bigger and gone home creating an ephemeral residence filled with original paintings, hand-painted objects, sculpture, and their new line of furniture from Modernica including shell chairs, swivel bar stools and laminated tables. If you’re in or around Los Angeles, this is a must-see show.
In conjunction with the show, Dabs Myla have created a new limited-edition 2D wood sculpture – Uncle Sid. Limited to 80 pieces, Uncle Sid (11 x 8.75”) comes to life with a screen-printed birch plywood body. He’s available over at Dabsmyla.com for $250 (+ s/h) and will also be available at the opening. While you’re checking out Sid, be sure to check out the Dabs Myla x Modernica furniture as well.
RISK’s Buckshot Gallery Opens with Noche De Calaveras (10.17)
RISK will welcome collectors, artists, and fans into his brand-new BuckShot Gallery in Santa Monica for the Saturday opening (10.17) of the debut show – Noche De Calaveras. Fitting the season, this show celebrates artistic interpretations and ruminations on the human skull – a universal symbol of life, death, and everything in-between. The select roster features street artists, painters, and photographers including Risk, Seen, Tristan Eaton x Everlast (above), Nathan Ota, Estevan Oriol, Slick, Andrew Hem, David Flores, Evidence, O.G. Abel, Phil Frost, Saber, Sonny Boy, Van Styles, Aaron Thomas, Axis, Cyrcle, Ernie Cefalu, Franco Vescovi, L'Amour Supreme, Meggs, Shark Toof, Steven Lippman and more.
As you can see, each artist started with a blank skull as a canvas. Most chose to focus on painting the skull while a few played with the form itself – cutting it, modifying it, adding to it or in Slick’s case creating a wicked rendition of America’s favorite plumber.
Noche De Calaveras
Opening: Saturday, October 17th, 2015 (7 PM – )
3129 Pico Blvd.
Oct 12, 2015
Seen: Coarse – NYC Scratches at myplasticheart
Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk of Coarse made the trip to the East Coast for the Scratches NYC three-day show at myplasticheart which opened this past Friday during NYCC weekend. In addition to the release of the Omen Fade Ignited—a gid version of the memorial Omen dedicated to the late collector Roman Schevchenko—Coarse unveiled several new pieces. First up there’s Do Not Disturb which continues the story which began with Permanent Guest. Apparently the (once) manipulative fish in the tub has met his end courtesy of a no-nonsense feline.
Coarse also revealed Last Days of Winter –Temptation. Slated for a low-run resin release, their latest collaboration with Amanda Visell features the intrepid (blissfully ignorant?) demo crew from the previous Last Days of Winter – Persuasion set, this time getting ready to put charge to a wary volcano mid-eruption!
Finally, Coarse unveiled a stunning headless wood figure with a swirling column of energy flowing the from the neck and offered a second look at Cancan – the toucan which debuted at this year’s Thailand Toy Expo.
Next up from Coarse – an incredible vinyl collabo with yep – Amanda Visell.
(Gallery pics by John Wong)
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.