Jul 03, 2015

Peter Kato & myplasticheart Presents: Bedtime Stories (07.11)

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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.

myplasticheart
210 Forsyth St.
New York, NY 10002

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Jun 27, 2015

Tristan Eaton x Nychos for ‘Vitality and Verve’ at the Long Beach Museum of Art

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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.

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Jun 26, 2015

Gunnzo Presnts: Paul Kaiju & Bwana Spoons (07.11)

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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.

Gunnzo
2445 Juan St.
San Diego, CA 92110

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Jun 23, 2015

Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape at Long Beach Museum of Art (6.26)

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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

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Jun 19, 2015

Super7 Presents: Little Friends of Printmaking in “We Hope You Like Cats” (Tonight)

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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.

Super7 Store
1427 Haight St (@ Masonic)
San Francisco, CA 94117

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Jun 11, 2015

Splurrt, Kagemaru, and Leo Sofvi Bouya - “Abnormable” (6.13) at Toy Art Gallery

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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. 

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Opening: Saturday, June 13th 2015 (7-10 PM)

Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
323.653.8697 

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Jun 04, 2015

FOE Gallery Presents: Bwana Spoons and Friends in “Broadarrfest U.S.” (05.06)

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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

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Rivet Gallery Presents: Patrick Wayner in “Against the Grain” (05.06)

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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”.

Rivet
1200 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201

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Jun 01, 2015

Jim Phillips x Mighty Jaxx --Running Eye New York City at myplasticheart (6.5)

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Mighty Jaxx will launch the new Running Eye art toy from skateboard art legend Jim Phillips along with customs from select artists for Running Eye New York City which opens on Friday (6.5) at myplasticheart in NYC. The Running Eye design is based on a 2014 apparel collaboration between streetwear brand Subcrew React, Singaporean street artist Jahan Loh, and Jim Phillips.  

To showcase the new toy, pay homage to Phillips’ legacy, and honor the skate culture from which it arose and fueled, the exhibition will feature Running Eye customs from noted skaters, artist, designers and industry heavyweights including

Jim Phillips, Jimbo Phillips Graphix, Colby Phillips, Christian Hosoi, Steve Caballero, Jakuan Melendez of 360 Toy Group, Greg Rivera of Мишка, Ewokone, Buff Monster, KMNDZ, Godmachine, Brian Flynn, David Flores, Spencer MAR Guilburt, Les Shettkoe, Brian Romero, Austin England and Mark Hoppus.

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May 29, 2015

3DRetro Store One Year Anniversary Party (5.30)

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3DRetro will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its retail location in Glendale with a party on Saturday (5.31) from 6:30 – 9:30PM.  The event will feature release/signings from both Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins and Nathan Ota. Greg will be releasing the “Envy” Ralf while Nathan will be releasing the fourth and final Clubs Edition of his Suited Birdies with included matching print.  More?  Sure, there will be live painting with Juan Muniz (and maybe others) as well as food trucks (Boba Truck and Angie’s Wieners).  See ya there!

3DRetro One-Year Anniversary Party
Saturday (5.30), 6:30 – 9:30 PM

3DRetro
1851 Victory Blvd.
Glendale, California 91201

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May 22, 2015

Yosuke Ueno – Beautiful Noise (5.23)

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Japanese artist Yosuke Ueno will open Beautiful Noise at Thinkspace in Culver City on Saturday evening (5.23).  For his fourth solo at the gallery, Yosuke has created several portraits in addition to signature colorful assemblages of fashionably eclectic and enigmatic characters. Digging the piece featuring the character from the Negative Never Again resin he did with Mighty Jaxx.  Yosuke will be in attendance – so drop by, check out the new work and say Hi.

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Opening: Saturday, May 23rd 2015 (6 to 9 PM)

Thinkspace
6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
310.558.3375

 

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May 15, 2015

1st Annual Bricks LA Convention for LEGO Fans (5.16-5.17)

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If you (or your little ones) love LEGOs, you might want to checkout the inaugural Bricks LA convention which takes place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday (5.17) at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Created and organized by Ayleen Gaspar (October Toys, ToyBreak, DesignerCon, and many other secret projects) and Ace Kim (Bricks to Bothans), the show will feature plenty of custom Lego creations or MOCs (My Own Creations), a vendor area, and a kids play/build area as well.  All of this for $5 at the door (kids 12and under are free).

Bricks LA
Saturday – Sunday (5.16 – 5.17), 10 AM –5 PM

Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101 

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May 13, 2015

James Groman and Nathan Jurevicius – Throwback at Toy Art Gallery (5.16)

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For May, Toy Art Gallery will present Throwback featuring the art of James Groman and Nathan Jurevicius with an opening reception on Saturday (5.16). Well-known for his prehistoric dino beasts, Groman will offer a few Rotten Rex one-offs, Rotten Rex 2D artwork, and a preview of all five of his fantastic B.C. Blasters mini-series—mixing dinos and guns—in the works from TAG.  Influenced and inspired by tales of the past including Lithuanian paganism and Christian bible stories as well as sci-films, Nathan Jurevicius will be showing a dozen new pencil sketches and 3 new risograph prints.  On the 3D side, Toy Art Gallery will debut Nathan’s fanciful Owl Clam sofubi in what we believe will be an unpainted pink edition.  There will also be an exclusive James Groman and Nathan Jrevicius||Throwback
Opening: Saturday, May 16th 2015 (7-10 PM)

Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90046

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Mikie Graham – Pickle Fetus for “Little Green Men” (5.16)

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For this weekend’s The Little Green Men Show at SubUrban Vinyl, a custom show of Leecifer’s PickleBaby figure, Mikie Graham has gone the extra mile, as he often does. Instead of customizing the original toy, he created a new figure, Pickle Featus, which explores the ummm gestation of the funky being. He sculpted the new piece and then set out to breed it rotocast style to produce a small DIY  Pickle Fetus edition.

Did he stop there?  Nope.  He also painted and “pickled” two Fetus figures in mason jars with clear green resin for creepy effect and finished off the ?tasty? product with Pickle Baby Brand labels. In addition to the two hand-painted Pickle Fetus pieces ($200 each), eight of the DIY Pickle Fetus figures will be available at the opening ($30).

The Little Green Men Show
Opening: Saturday, May 16th 2015

SubUrban Vinyl
4 Frederick St.
Waldwick, New Jersey
201.857.2480

 

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May 04, 2015

Rotofugi Presents: Luke Chueh in “Headspace (Reboot)” (05.08)

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Taking place at Rotofugi on Friday, May 8th is “Headspace (Reboot)” featuring the artwork of Luke Chueh. This show is also a collaborative event with Munky King, who will be producing an art toy based on a few of the paintings from the show. It looks like Rotofugi may even be getting their own exclusive figure from the series! The show will also run all the way through June 7th if you cannot make the opening. The doors will be open from 7-10PM.

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Rotofugi
2780 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago IL, 60614

 

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Apr 30, 2015

Mario Maurer & Ron English – Madness Exhibition at Thailand Toy Expo

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The Madness exhibition by Ron English and Mario Maurer, arguably Thailand’s most popular young male actor, marked the beginning of Thailand Toy Expo’s collecting frenzy.  Tuesday’s (4.28) VIP grand opening event on the top floor of CentralWorld, the expo venue, featured the debut of the new Mario Grin figure produced by MINDstyle. Created as a collaboration with the movie star, the new toy is the latest in English’s Grin series, named after the toys’ immediately recognizable skeletal smile.

Billed as “Where Art Meets Play”, the exhibition blurs the lines between the two with  life-size versions of Mario Grin as well as several of Ron’s other characters including Fat Tony and MC Supersize presented alongside striking walls featuring his  pioneering Popaganda art from floor to ceiling. The crossover collaboration drew a huge a crowd to the Sky Lobby, eager for the first chance to purchase the figure and to meet both Maurer and English.   Madness and the Hikari: Creatures of Light exhibition share the same atmospheric space, two in one. If you’re in Bangkok, drop by through Sunday (5.3).

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Apr 20, 2015

Woot Bear Presents: Horrible Adorables in “Family Tree” (04.25)

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Woot Bear is proud to present “Family Tree”, which features the wife and husband duo, Jordan Elise Perme and Chris Lees, better known as Horrible Adorables. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, April 25th from 6-9PM. Be sure to stop by the event for some amazing felt creatures and great company!

‘Horrible Adorables: Family Tree’ aims to explore relationships between clans of various creatures. The artists strive to give a visual representation of how the imaginary beasts may interact within their closest bonds, as to further reinforce and develop their fantastical world.

Woot Bear
147 Clement St.
San Francisco, Ca 94102

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Apr 19, 2015

Seen: Alex Solis - “The Famous Chunkies” at Iam8bit

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Alex Solis made the trip from Chicago to LA for last Thursday’s (4.16) opening of his The Famous Chunkies art show/book release at the Iam8bit gallery in Silver Lake.   The show features a seemingly endless collection of prints from his popular illustration series of the same name.  What began as a discussion with his daughter about TMNT and how the turtles consumed mass amounts of pizza and yet were still active, energetic and fit has grown into a fun yet message-driven project to draw attention to unhealthy eating habits.  

Running through April 28th, the show  features an army of pop culture Chunkies including characters from  comic books, cartoons, video games, and movies.  If you grew up loving a particular character, there’s a pretty good chance it has received the Chunky treatment.  From Star Wars to Marvel to Nintendo to Hello Kitty, there’s something for everyone.  Our favorite? Chunky Pikachu, who’s grown so wide that he can barely fit into his Poke ball.  The prints are quite affordable at $25 for the 5x5 ones and $30 for the small number of 8x8’s or $100 for five of any size.  Framing is an extra $15 per print. Check ‘em all out at the i8m8bit site.

The event also served as a signing for Alex’s brand new book of the same name, which brings the very best of the Chunkies to your shelf—one inspired character per page, one after the next.

If you are in or around LA, definitely drop by the gallery and  have a blast as your favorite changes . Oh, and in case you missed the news, The Famous Chunkies toys are coming via VTSS shortly. First up? Star Wars.

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Apr 10, 2015

Preview: Thrashin’ at myplasticheart (4.11)

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myplasticheart will open Thrashin’, a group show celebrating the influence of 80’s era skateboard graphics, on Saturday (4.11) at their NYC location. For their annual curatorial turn at mph, the Studio Miners invited artists to create original works inspired by legendary skate artists including VCJ, Jim Phillips, Pushhead and more.   The gnarly Thrashin’ lineup includes Brian Butler, Ekiem Evoker, Flying Fortress, Andy Foltz, Michael Hsiung, Sean Kernick, Abe Lincoln Jr., Phil Lumbang, MCA, MSG, Podgy Panda, Clams Rockefeller, Chris RWK, Tall Boy, Smut Villain and Britton Walters. Hit the jump for a taste of some of the art that awaits.

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Opening: Saturday April 11th, 2015 (7-10 PM)

myplasticheart
210 Forsyth St.
New York, NY 10002

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Apr 01, 2015

Rivet Gallery Presents: The Art of Jose Pulido (04.04)

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Rivet Gallery is proud to present the solo exhibition of Jose Pulido. Jose’s artwork fuses both the traditional Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls with today pop culture favorites! There will be plenty of prints, stickers, and original artwork available at the show. The opening reception will take place this Saturday, April 4th from 7-10PM.

Rivet
1200 N. High St.
|Columbus, OH 43201

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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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