Mar 22, 2015

Woot Bear Presents: Yosiell Lorenzo in “A Guide to Black Twig Forest” Book Launch & Signing (03.28)

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Woot Bear will be soon hosting another amazing event at their storefront! Yosiell Lorenzo will be at Woot Bear on Saturday, March 28th from 6-9PM for the launch of his new book, “A Guide to Black Twig Forest”. Yosiell can’t have an event without releasing some toys as well. That’s why he has come up with some hand-cast resin Sickling figures, which are exclusive to the event and limited to 6 pieces for $80 each. His new book will retail $25 and he will be on site to sign for the event.

Woot Bear
147 Clement St.
San Francisco CA 94118

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Mar 18, 2015

Retroband & Mutant Vinyl Hardcore – Full Resin Vinyl at Toy Art Gallery (3.21)

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On Saturday (3.21), Toy Art Gallery will open what might just turn out to be one of the shows of the year – Full Resin Vinyl with Retroband and Mutant Vinyl Hardcore.  The show brings together Retroband’s resin action figures and MvH’s sofubi – a hard to beat combo.   TAG will also debut their new lifesizeDX Sludgedemon fiberglass figures from MvH!  Not to be missed, see you there.

Retroband and Mutant Vinyl Hardcore || ‘Full Resin Vinyl’
Opening: Saturday, March 21st 2015 (7-10 PM)

Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046

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Mar 16, 2015

Super7 San Diego Friday the 13th Grand Opening

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Last Friday the 13th was the grand opening of Super7’s second new location in San Diego! Not only did they release a special unpainted mixed parts Crystal Mecha figure, but it was also the reveal of the new “Bring Back the Brown” Baseball Boy and SD Star logo, which are exclusive to the SD store. Both Brian Flynn and Joshua Herbolsheimer made it out to the big opening, which brought in a steady crowd through out the night. The new store offered a bevy of goodies, including all the Super7 shirts you already love, sofubi figures, vintage kaiju, ReAction toys, books and prints. Now San Diego can enjoy Super7 all year long and not just during SDCC. So if you happen to be in Sunny San Diego, be sure to stop by Super7 in downtown and come in and say “Hi”. Keep an eye out for for me (Kris aka wtfunks) since I’ll be working in the store most days.

Take a look at the photos from the opening thanks to @rtfpowermorphicon, @abevizcarra, @mandiesaurus, @tallboy_tm, @vanessa_castle, @erwinism, @super7store & @super7sandiego.

Super7 San Diego
701 8th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

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Mar 10, 2015

ToyCon UK Tickets Available Now! (04.25)

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The date is set folks and tickets are now available! This years ToyCon UK will be taking place on Saturday, April 25th. You can find the tickets available HERE starting at £15.00 for ages 13 and over. These tickets are an all access pass to one of the biggest toy events in the UK. Get them before they are gone.

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Mar 05, 2015

Previews of Michelle Valigura and Amanda Visell at Rotofugi (3.6)

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Michelle Valigura and Amanda Visell  are in Chicago for their separate solos which open on Friday (3.6) at Rotofugi.  Michelle’s Ships and Kitties features ceramic pieces while Amanda’s Tamper features original paintings and Paper Mache sculptures. Enjoy this preview of some of their new work.

Michelle’s created some great ceramic sculptures for her now show including her takes on iconic sci-fi vechicles (AT-At’s, the Enterprise and more) and felines (ferocious and not so ferocious).  From what we’ve seen so far, many of  Amanda’s paintings focus on girls at play and the world as their playground.

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Tasha Zimich for Twisted Mouse at PIQ (3.14)

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For PiQ’s Twisted Mouse show (3.14), Tasha Zimich created two very different visions with a custom and an original painting.  Her Five Nights at the House of Mouse Dunny presents everyone’s favorite mouse in “creepy animatronic”  form and is inspired by the homicidal robot game Five Nights at Freddy’s.  Tasha’s painting style makes this piece hum with a sense of freaky charm.  From freaky to playful, her Hide and Squeak  acrylic painting (4 x 6”) casts Mickey not as “a real boy” but rather as a real mouse lounging in his alter ego’s threads.

Twisted Mouse
Opening: Saturday, March 14th 2015 (4-8 PM)

PiQ
8 Grand Central Terminal
NYC

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Mar 02, 2015

Super7 Comes to San Diego! Grand Opening Event (03.13)

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Here is some news that will make a lot of San Diegans (like myself) very happy! Super7 has just announced they have found a second home in Socal. They will be taking over 5&A Dime’s old Downtown San Diego spot and making it their own. Just like their Haight store in San Francisco, Super7 San Diego will also be carrying clothing, prints, books, magazines and of course toys! S7SD will also be the number one location to get all the ReAction figures you’re ever going to want!

The grand opening will be taking place on Friday the 13th of March (that’s two months in a row!) from 6-10PM. There will be beverages and plenty of people to talk toys with at the event. Be sure to RSVP to the event page HERE and also give them a follow on their Instagram Super7SanDiego.

You may have also noticed us taking a few pictures at both the Hybrid-Design office and Super7 in San Francisco on our Instagram not too long ago. Well that’s because I (Kris) will be the one running the new S7 Store. So if you ever want to talk about toys and art or just want to hang out, stop on by!

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Mar 01, 2015

P!Q Presents: Twisted Mouse Show (03.14)

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On Saturday, March 14th, P!Q will be hosting a brand new art show that will feature custom toys, prints and canvases featuring a certain mouse. “Twisted Mouse Show” will exhibit artwork from many artists from around the world, who include: Carson Catlin, Jeremiah Ketner, Patrick Wong, Daniel Fleres, Crummy Gummy, Dolly Oblong, Erick Scarecrow, Vincent Scala, Juan Muniz, Zard, Eric Orr, Hungry Ghosts, Scott Tolleson, Sugar Fueled, Dillon Boy, Brandon Sopinsky, SRIL, JFury, Candie Bolton, Melodreama, Tasha, Hamfx, Betso, Leecifer, Downtimer, BURN353, CrashOne, MikeDie, kHayl, Task-One, Arkiv Vilmansa, Lou Pimentel, Lana Wharry, JC Rivera, Maximilian, ChrisRWK and Jay222.  The event will begin at 4PM and will run all the way to 8PM at their Grand Central location.

P!Q
8 Grand Central Terminal
New York, NY 10017

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Feb 17, 2015

Toy Art Gallery -- “Dichotomy”, a Double Think Custom Show (2.21)

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Doublethink by Takahiro Komuro (@tkomart) and Toy Art Gallery, which debuted in an unpainted yellow edition, was one of our favorite sofubi releases of 2014.   Now, Toy Art Gallery is gearing up for “Dichotomy”, a group show featuring artist customs of TKOM’s 2-headed character.  Opening on Saturday (2.21), the exhibition will feature customs by a talented roster of 40+ artists including:

Ardabus Rubber, Blurbleone, Bob Conge / Plaseebo, Butch Adams, Candie Bolton, David Arshawsky, Deeten, Devils Headquarters, Draculazer, DTOES, George Gaspar, Goreilla, Goto-San, Guumon, Joe Whiteford, Johan Ulrich, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Joseph Harmon, Josh Herbolsheimer, Kenth Toy Works, KTO, Le Merde, Macsorro, Martin Ontiveros, Miscreation Toys, MMToys, Monsterisland, Mutant Vinyl Hardcore, Okokume, Rampage Toys, Scarecrowoven, Sexualyoukai, SkullToys, Splurrt, TKOM, Todd Robertson, Topheroy, Uamou and more. 

Dichotomy
Opening: Saturday, February 21st 2015 (7-10 PM)

Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046

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Feb 12, 2015

Rotofugi Presents: Amanda Visell in “Tamper” & Michell Valigura in “Ships and Kitties” (03.06)

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Rotofugi is proud to announce that they will be hosting two amazing artists in their gallery space for the month of March. The opening reception of Amanda Visell’s “Tamper” and Michelle Valigura’s “Ships and Kitties” will take place on Friday, March 6th from 7-10PM. “Tamper” will feature original paintings and paper mache sculptures and “Ships and Kitties” will be exhibiting original ceramic sculptures and one-of-a-kind birdhouses!

Rotofugi
2780 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

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Feb 11, 2015

Clutter Gallery Presents: (In)Action Figures 3 (02.14)

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Clutter Gallery is proud to present the third installment of their annual exhibit, (In)Action Figures. This show will feature action figure and other retro inspired pieces from over 30 artists. Those artists include:

2bitHACK, 8-bit ZOMBIE, Ben Spencer (Galaxxor), BigMan Toys, Bombermat Toys, Credenda Studios, Danny Frankenstein, Dave Bondi, Death Cat Toys, DLL Customs, DMS, Eric Nilla, Falcon Toys, Fantastic Planet Toys, TheGodBeast, Goodleg Toys, Healeymade, Joshua Ben Longo, Kaboom Toys, Killer Bootlegs, LittleRubberGuys/Plastic !magination, ManOrMonster?, MonstreHero, MuscleThings Laboratories, Nama Niku, Schmucklord, Scott Wilkowski, Scraped Resin, Star Case, Suckadelic, The Tarantulas, Ted Terranova (Rivet Wars), Tone Tank, Triclops Studio, and TrueCast Studio.

The opening reception will take place this Saturday, February 14th from 6-9PM at the Cluttery Gallery. If you’re interested in getting on the preview list, sign up by going HERE. Take a look after the jump of just some of what you can expect to see at the show this Saturday.

Clutter Gallery
163 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508

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Rivet Gallery Presents: “Be My Valentine” (02.14)

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Coming back to Rivet Gallery for another round is “Be My Valentine”, a group exhibit featuring 46 artists from all around the world who are pouring their hearts out on some Valentine’s Day cards. Rivet has partnered up with Igloo Leterpress, who generously supplied all the artists with some high quality letterpress Valentine’s Day cards for the show. Participating artists include:

Roland Tamayo, Jeff Lamm, Johnny Yanok, Renee Lawter, Jeannie Lynn Paske, Sharon Dorsey, Nathan Jurevicius, Jason Mowry, Tim Lee, Andrea Kang, Mizna Wada, Steve Ehret, Abril Andrade, Jenna Colby, Vanessa Ramirez, Patrick Wayner, Dylan Garrett Smith, Angela Oster, Scott Santee, J.Shea, Sugar Fueled, Joe Scarano, Heather Gargon, Dino Nemec, Aaron Kraten, Devin Reese, Jonathan Queen, Ben Ervin, Juan Lara III, Emma Overman, Liza Corbett, Mac Sorro, Kelly Denato, Matt Hawkins, Elizabeth McGrath, Jason Limon, Sabrina Von Netzer, Charlotte, Belland, Tara Helfer, Greg Ham, Tyson McAdoo, Dominic Damien, Tony Kern, Patrick Maxcy, Eric Blair and Dan Linden.

The show is now open and will run through Saturday, February 28th. So why not take a stroll over to Rivet this weekend for Valentine’s day?You can check out all the pieces from the show HERE.

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Feb 05, 2015

Jason Freeny -- “Molt” at La Luz de Jesus (2.6)

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Jason Freeny will be in LA for the opening of his Molt solo at La Luz de Jesus on Friday evening (2.6).  The apt title describes a transition in his art from his signature “dissected” toy aesthetic to a more pared down sculptural style.  The new work features original characters realized in a playful manner emphasizing form, volume, and clean, rounded surfaces.   While we—along with most everyone else on this planet—love Freeny’s dissected work, we’re happy to see him evolve his style with work that is exciting in its own right.  In addition to Molt, La Luz will also simultaneously open Miso’s Cornucopia.

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Opening: Friday, February 6th 2015 (8-11 PM).

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Jan 14, 2015

‘When Hell Freezes Over 2’ at myplasticheart (2.07)

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The upcoming ‘When Hell Freezes Over 2’ custom show at myplasticheart(2.07) picks up where the original Cranston custom show left off. This time around, artists will be customizing Lou Pimentel’s newer, smaller ‘Junior’ sofubi figure—a chip off the ol’ demon bat block.  The roster includes 64Colors, Andrea Kang, Otto Bjornik, Brent Nolasco, Carson Catlin, Chauskoskis, Chris Booker, Dril One, Fakir, Huck Gee, Ian Zombrowski, J*ryu, Jeremiah Ketner, Joe Scarano, Jon Paul Kaiser, kaNO, Kong Andri, Lana Crooks, Leecifer, Liz Sanquiche, Mascorro, Map Map, Nerviswrek, Reactor-88, Richard Page, Rsin, Scott Tolleson, Southern Drawl (above), Sucklord, Tasha Zimich, and Zukie.

Hit the jump for a few additional previews.

When Hell Freezes Over 2
Opening: Saturday, February 7th, 2014

myplasticheart
210 Forsyth Sreet
New York, NY 10002
646.290.6866

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Jan 05, 2015

Feminamorphe Group Show at Toy Art Gallery (1.10.15)

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Toy Art Gallery starts off 2015 with a refreshing  perspective, an  exploration of femininity expressed through nature.  Organized by Candie Bolton ( ‘Kitsura’), Feminamorphe features the work of Helen Vine, Okokume, Tasha Zimich, Teresa Chiba (‘Kubnadon’), Uamou and Bolton. The exhibition will feature custom toys, limited edition figures, original drawings and paintings as well as prints. If you’re in or around LA, be sure to drop by the opening of Feminamorphe on Saturday evening (1.10.15).

Feminamorphe
Opening: Saturday, January 15th 2015 (7 to 10 PM)

Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Jan 03, 2015

Preview: Monstrosities at myplasticheart (1.3)

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Here’s a quick tasty preview of the Monstrosities group kaiju show opening at myplasticheart  in NYC on Saturday (1.3) @ 7PM EST, featuring work from Mutant Vinyl Hardcore (‘Feral Boy’ above), BLOBPUS, Bloodguts, Galaxy People, GUUMON, Mechavirus, and Paul Kaiju.  There will be a lotto held for Paul Kaiju, MvH and Blood Guts figures with wristbands issued at 7 and an 8:30 drawing. Remaining show pieces will be available online via mph on Sunday (1.4). Hit the jump for more preview images.

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Jan 02, 2015

Clutter x Kidrobot – 1st Annual DTA Dunny Show (01.10)

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Clutter Magazine and Kidrobot are extremely excited to bring to you the Designer Toy Awards Dunny Show. This epic event will feature some of the greatest artists in the industry, who will tackle the challenge of customizing a 20” and 8” Dunnys. Participating artists include: 64 Colors, Artmymind, Bwana Spoons, Carson Catlin, Davemarkart, David Finch, DeeTen,Dolly Oblong, Frank Kozik, Gabriel Carpio, Grimsheep, J*RYU, Jenn & Tony Bot, Jesse Hernandez, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Josh Mayhem,Lou Pimentel, Luke Chueh, Mike Fudge, Ryan the Wheelbarrow, Scarecrowoven, So Youn Lee, and WuzOne. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, January 10th from 6-9PM at The Clutter Gallery and will run through Friday, February 6th. Be sure to sign up  (HERE) for the preview list to get a sneak at what will be available before the grand opening. Take a look after the jump for a small preview!

The Clutter Gallery
163 Main St.
Beacon, New York

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Everyday Mooonday Presents: White Monsters (01.09)

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Everyday Mooonday is proud to present “White Monsters”, a group art show featuring 40 artists from all around the world. These talented folks will create creatures/monsters/beings from their imaginations in the setting of a snowy and cold environment. The opening reception will take place on Friday, January 9th through Sunday, February 22nd. Participating artists include:

Aaron Stewart, Akinori Oishi, AJ Fosik, Ana Albero, Andrea Kang, Bubi Au Yeung, Carol Liu, DEHARA (Yukinori Dehara), Dric (드릭), Ducobi, FluffyHouse, Grafflex Gfx, HAIL, Hands In Factory, Hororo World, Joakim Ojanen, Jon Burgerman, Joshua, Ben Longo, Kristen Liu-Wong, Kyu, KYO (YongOh Kim), Logan Fitzpatrick, Mochimochi Land, Moonk 문크, Motomichi Nakamura, Mongni Kim , Muung ( 김윤기), NOVO (Jeong Eun Kang Novo), Osho Rino, Raymond Lemstra, Sonni
Stickymonger (Joohee Stickymonger Park), T9G (Takuji Honda), TADO (Mikeandkatie Tado), TOiNZ (토인즈), Twelvedot, Uglydoll, Victor Castillo , Yeka Haski, and YOMSNIL (Snil Yom).

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Dec 30, 2014

myplasticheart Presents: Monstrosities (01.03)

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myplasticheart is starting off the new year with a monster invasion taking over their LES toy store! Monstrosities is a group show featuring sofubi figures by such artists as: BLOBPUS, Bloodguts, Galaxy People, GUUMON, Mechavirus, Mutant Vinyl Hardcore and Paul Kaiju. The show will take place on Saturday, January 3rd from 7-10PM. Most of the pieces will be sold lottery style, so start praying to your toy gods folks!

myplasticheart toy store & gallery
210 Forsyth St.
New York NY 10002

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Dec 18, 2014

Exclusive Coarse Omen Minis via Rotofugi (12.19)

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Rotofugi has just posted the online catalog of  Coarse’s ongoing Prisoners Beside Me solo with gorgeous photos and full details for each piece. As we mentioned in our initial coverage of the show, the exhibition also featured quite  a few exclusive vinyl figures, many of which will be released online.

The drops start with both the Fugi Omen Mini (500 pcs, $14.95) and the highly sought after Shibuya Omen Mini (500 pcs, $14.95), previously only available from Diesel Gallery in Japan.   Both will be available on Friday (12.19) @ 7:59 AM PST from the new Rotofugi Limited mini-shop.   Next up?  The Passage – Ignited Exhibition Edition and the Roto Exclusive Outburst Loop figures (Blue and Black), all of which will be available sometime after the show closes (1.4.15).

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Dec 10, 2014

Toy Art Gallery – Christmas Kaiju Group Show (12.12)

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The merry crew at Toy Art Gallery will celebrate the holidays with their Christmas Kaiju Group Show opening on Friday (12.12).  As you might expect, this one will feature custom sofubi figures as well as special editions, drawings and prints. From what we’ve seen so far (previews after the jump), the show’s artists have outdone themselves with some  really excellent work.  Many of the pieces have a subtle holiday theme and showcase recently released sofubi figures. 

The Christmas Kaiju Group show will feature work  from Acolorfulmonster, Aidan Monahan, Albino Taco, Aoi Toys, Bog x Squad, Brian Flynn, Butch Adams, Bwana Spoons, Cometdebris, David Arshawsky, Deeten, Devil Robots, Draculazer, Evilos, Feric, Frenzy Bros., Gargamel, Goreilla, Grizlli Atom, Guumon, Javier Jimenez, Joe Whiteford, Johan Ulrich, John Stokes, Joseph Harmon, Josh Herbolsheimer, Kurobokan, Liz McGrath, Martin Ontiveros, Miscreation Toys, MM Toys, Monsterisland, Radioactiveuppercut, Rampage Toys, Scarecrowoven, Scott Tolleson, Secretdemonservices, Sexualyoukai, Snatch Punch, Splurrt, Steve Ferrera, T9G, Tim Clark, Tim Stephson, Topheroy, Tru:tek, Uamou, Uglydolls, Uh Oh Toys, UnaffiliatedSJ, Valarie Bermudez, and   Wao Toyz.

If you’re looking for a gift for that special someone (maybe even yourself!), you’ll want to make it out to the opening.

Christmas Kaiju Group Show
Opening: Friday, December 12th 2014 (7-10 PM)

Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

 

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Dec 06, 2014

The Hsu Store Pop-Up Shop at Woot Bear + Black Best In Show (12.06)

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Tonight will be the opening of Martin Hsu’s very own Holiday Pop-Up shop at Woot Bear! To welcome Martin into the space, there will be the “Blacky Best In Show”, a custom show featuring Blacky, Dragon Boys pet companion! Participating artists include: Steve Ferrera, Daniel Fleres, Mike Fudge, Martin Hsu, Jeremiah Ketner, Jerome Lu, Angry Woebots, Mark Nagata, J*RYU, Emma SanCartier, and Lyla Warren. You can expect some awesome exclusive custom toys, t-shirts, prints and if you spend more than $50 you will receive a free tote bag and holiday card!

Woot Bear
147 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118

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Coarse Impress with ‘Prisoners Beside Me’ at Rotofugi

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Coarse opened ‘Prisoners Beside Me’ at Rotofugi in Chicago on Friday evening (12.5).  Thanks to the great pics and info shared by the collectors on the indispensable Coarseheads fb group, we know that  the exhibition offered a strong mix of higher end sculpture -- both originals and small-run multiples --  as well as several limited-edition vinyl editions. 

On the one-off and multiples side, Coarse introduced a number of new animal characters including a crazy, crotchety frog, a very cool raccoon, a quirky mother goose, and a few versions of what we’re going to say are goats – including large children’s bouncy ride style pieces.  They also showcased several collaborations with Amanda Visell including three new one-off Dark Sorrows customs (Giraffe, Elephant, and Zebra).

The show also featured a large number of new limited-edition vinyl drops including the Outburst Loop 7” vinyls.  These are first  the vinyl editions of the exuberant omen’s with the spread wings first seen as part of the Outburst resin sets.  Rotofugi is offering three exclusive  Outburst Loop editions – a  white edition (30 pcs, $99)  which is sold out, a black edition (300 pcs, $99) and a blue edition (300 pcs $99).  Both of the larger editions are available for pre-order with delivery set for Q1 2015.  The show also marked the release of the  Omen Fugi mini in Roto Blue (300 pcs, $14.95).  Collectors will be happy to know that Roto also has the Omen Shibuya edition (300 pcs, $14.95).

Finally, Coarse said a heartfelt goodbye and honored  long-time collector Roman Shevchenko who recently passed away, tragically and suddenly, with Omen Fade – a new vinyl edition to benefit Roman’s family.  To be released on 1.8.15 via Coarselife,  the forlorn, eyes-closed Omen Fade was accompanied by a poem about the profound sense of loss that comes with the death of a dear friend.

Stay tuned for availability of the remaining limited-edition product from the show.

[Photos by  Michael Walker, Richie Oliva, Geoffrey Cuddy, and Eric Morgan]

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Dec 04, 2014

Rivet Presents: Johnny Yanok in “Pirates of the Isle of Misfit Toys” (12.06)

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Rivet Gallery is proud to present Johnny Yanok in his very own solo show. “Pirates of the Isle of Misfit Toys”. This exhibit will feature original gouache artwork with the theme of a pirate's life on an island of misfit toys. The opening reception will take place this Saturday, December 6th from 7-10PM. Be sure to come out tomorrow night and enjoy the show!

Rivet
1200 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201

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Dec 01, 2014

Coarse – ‘Prisoners Beside Me’ at Rotofugi (12.5)

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Coarse will return to  Chicago for their new solo, ‘Prisoners Beside Me’, opening at Rotofugi on Friday December 5th.  We’re pretty excited and curious about the new pipe smoking frog character shown on the flier image. As is the Coarse way, the angular frog sculpt has plenty of personality with a wise, hardened expression and vibe.  Adding to the suspense, it sounds like this may be the only preview image prior to the opening.  We’ll be sure to bring you more info and pics when we can. If you’re going to the show, be aware that line tickets will be passed out at the gallery beginning at 11 AM Friday morning.

Coarse || ‘Prisoners Beside Me’
Opening: Friday December 5th 2014 (7-10 PM)

Rotofugi Gallery
2780 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

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