Aug 28, 2015

Xiem Tiki Cermaic Group Show (8.29)

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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.

More?  Checkout #xiemtiki for more artist previews. You just might find more awesomeness including Lynn Chang’s (@lynnchangenterprises) charming monkey pottery with a touch of tiki.

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Xiem Tiki
Saturday, August 29th 2015 (6 to 9 PM)

Xiem Clay Center
1563 N. Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91104
626.794.5833

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Aug 05, 2015

Twisted Planet Group Show at Toy Art Gallery (8.8)

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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.

Twisted Planet
Opening: Saturday August 8th 2015 (7-10 PM)

7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA  90046

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Giant Robot 2 Presents: Flat Bonnie in “Flatness” (08.08)

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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!

GR2
2015 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Aug 04, 2015

Tasha Zimich for Vive La Lolligag at Woot Bear (8.29)

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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.

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Aug 02, 2015

Chrisrwk and Phil Lumbang – Metal and Fur at myplasticheart (8.8)

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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.

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Jul 29, 2015

Mishka LA Presents: Special Edition T-Shirt Release with Paul Kaiju (08.08)

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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

Mishka LA
128 S. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA

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Jul 27, 2015

Clutter x Kidrobot – DTA Dunny Show 2 (01.09)

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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!

Clutter Gallery
163 Main St.
Beacon, NY 12508

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Jul 16, 2015

Nosego x Silent Stage x Thinkspace – Spirit Hand (7.18)

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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)

Thinkspace Gallery
6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
310.558.3375

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Jul 13, 2015

The Art of Toys at Museum of Art & History in Lancaster (7.18)

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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 RobotMeltdown, Munky King, Necessaries Toy Foundation, Pretty In Plastic, Silent Stage Gallery, Super7, 3DRetro, Circus Posterus / Stranger Factory.

In addition to the curated selection of designer toys, the exhibition will feature murals by David P. Flores, Hueman (Allison Torneros) and Angry Woebots as well as installation by Kozyndan.

Hit the jump for preview pics by Heidi Johnson (@hijinxpr), Woebots (@woes) and Ming Ming Castillo (@miningmingcastillo)

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
661.723.6250

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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.

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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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