Aug 26, 2016
CurioCon is a New Toy, Art and More Convention
Ayleen Gaspar has announced CurioCon, a new convention specializing in Toys, Art, and other intriguing objects,‘curios’. The show will be held on May 13-14th 2017 at the Pasadena Convention center. Does the Curi Owl mascot look familiar? If so, that’s likely because it was created by Scott Tolleson! With her previous role organizing DesignerCon, her ongoing Bricks LA Lego show, and now CurioCon Ayleen is becoming the Queen of Conventions(tm).
Beyond the basic focus of the show there isn’t too much information to go on, but the late Spring time slot is promising—spaced out nicely from DesignerCon and two months (or so) before SDCC—as is Ayleen’s considerable experience. Though honestly San Diego is becoming less and less relevant for designer toys. It’ll be interesting to see if CurioCon will have a greater focus on awesome, well… curios that go beyond toys and ‘collectibles’. That seems to be the elusive element—finding ways to bring a broader audience to these art toy-centric shows and by extension to the scene as a whole.
Aug 16, 2016
Woot Bear Presents: JP Neang & Candie Bolton in KAMIKAKUSHI “Walking with Spirits” (8.20)
Woot Bear is proud to present KAMIKAKUSHI “Walking with Spirits” a duo show featuring the works of JP Neang and Candie Bolton. This exhibit will showcase a collection of original sketches, paintings and custom figures by both of these talents. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, August 20th from 6-9PM through September 18th. If you attend early enough, you can score yourself a FREE special 'Finger Spirits' pin created by JP. Take a look after the jump for a preview of the show.
1512 Haight St.
San Francisco CA 94117
Aug 14, 2016
A Look at ‘Cold Ways: Nights that Haunt the Past’ by Coarse at Rotofugi
Coarse—Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk—opened Cold Ways: Nights that Haunt the Past at Rotofugi on Saturday evening (8.14). For their annual exhibition in Chicago, Coarse presented a new collection of fine art multiple sculptures exploring the passage of time and the pull of the past. Thanks to the great photos of the opening from fans and collectors—Rico Alonso, Michael Walker, Sin091, and Lizardhandz—here’s a look at the show.
The new sculptures seem to offer two narratives—a reflective look at youth gone by and the unfolding saga of cat, fish, and raccoon through three striking mono pieces (Going Up, Going Down – Memento, Vacancy – Memento, and Do Not Disturb – Memento). While the entire collection is impressive and thought-provoking, Years Adrift (above) seems to float just a bit above the rest. The piece features what at first blush appears to be a grown-up, winged Fever. With a double take, it’s clear that the wings belong to an exhausted goose, slung over Fever’s back. Perhaps a comment on unfulfilled potential, Adrift showcases Coarse’s duality—expressing their visions in both fine art sculpture and art toys with equal skill. Beyond what many will likely consider the anchor piece, Coarse also continued its playground motif with a series of thought provoking pieces featuring a young child and an elder (presumably the older self) on a swing set, see saw and slide.
In addition to the numerous resin sculptures, coarse also released two new vinyl editions—Cancan Ignited (280 pcs, $149) and the Cold Ways Collection (50 pcs, $400) box set. The Cold Ways collection features what appears to be a GID edition of Do Not Disturb, the Cold Ways book by Sven Waschk and Andrew Greenberg, two new serigraphs featuring Raccoon and Fish—all in a deluxe wooden box. Look for an announcement shortly from Rotofugi about an online release of remaining stock.
Aug 08, 2016
Blank Boy Canvas Exhibit Los Angeles (8.9) at SMHLA
The touring Blank Boy Canvas Exhibit hits Los Angeles for a one-week stop (8.9 – 8.16) at Self Made Hustler Los Angeles. The show features artist customs of the large-scale Blank Boy (Tian Tian) sculptures. The inquisitive and forward-looking character began life in a series of conceptual comics from HK creative Danny Yung. The artist roster includes Elisabeth Weinstock, Cristina Maya, Muertitos de Hambra, Zebulon the Magnificent—a new addition joining the tour in LA—and more.
As the tour introduces Blank Boy Canvas to folks across North America, the Mini Blank Boy Canvas DIY vinyl produced by Mindzai gives the curious and creative a chance to bring Tian Tian home and make him their very own by customizing him as they see fit.
For a first-hand look at Blank Boy and an opportunity to purchase the vinyl, drop by the Blank Boy Canvas Exhibit in LA through August 16th.
Aug 02, 2016
myplasticheart - Rooftops + Sidewalks : Illustrated Works on Boundless Brooklyn Model Kits (8.5)
myplasticheart in collaboration with Boundless Brooklyn will present the opening of Rooftops + Sidewalks on Friday August 5th, 2016. The group show will feature artist customs of the Boundless Brooklyn’s water tower and mailbox no-fuss-assembly chipboard models. Curated by Leo Espinosa, the exhibition will showcase the work of Sonni Adrian, Jordan Awan, Calef Brown, Andrea D’Aquino, Rob Dunlavey, Sandra Equihua, Leo Espinosa, Lisk Feng, Bob Flynn, Charles Glaubitz, Raul Gonzalez, Jorge Gutierrez, Don Kilpatrick, Loris Lora, Aaron Meshon, Roman Muradov, Keith Negley, Robert Neubecker, Laura Osorno, Claudia Pearson, Micah Player, Julia Rothman, Himanshu Sharma, Bob Staake, Ellen Surrey, Jacob Thomas and Marius Valdes. Hit the jump for a select preview.
Rooftops + Sidewalks
Opening:Friday August 5th, 2016 (7-10PM)
210 Forsyth St. NYC
Jul 08, 2016
Gunnzo Presents: Paul Kaiju & Bwana Spoons Off-Site SDCC 2016 Event (7.23)
Gunnzo, Paul Kaiju and Bwana Spoons will once again be doing another amazing off-site event during this years SDCC. On Saturday, July 23rd once you’re done with the convention, make your way to Gunnzo for an evening of amazing toys and tacos! Raffle tickets will be distributed at 6PM with numbers being called at 730PM. What do these folks have in store? Check out some shots after the jump, but don’t forget to follow them on Instagram for sneak peaks! Paul Kaiju IG & Bwana Spoons IG.
2445 Juan Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Jul 06, 2016
Huck Gee & Clutter Gallery Present: The Blank Show (7.09)
Speaking of Huck Gee’s Skullhead, he and Clutter Gallery are proud to present “The Blank Show”. A group show featuring over 30 artists to showcase their talents on one of Huck’s Skullhead resin figures. Participating artists include: 2PetalRose, Artmymind, Buff Monster, Camilla d’Errico, Charles Rodriguez, Daniel Fleres, Doktor A, Dolly Oblong, Fakir, Frank Montano, Goreilla, Huck Gee, Sket-One, J*Ryu, Jamie Lee Cortez, Jason Freeny, Jenn & Tony Bot, Jesse Hernandez, Joe Ledbetter, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Jonathan Legarte, Jump Jumper Ant, kaNO, Kevin Gosselin, Luke Chueh, MAD, Malo April, Otto Bjornik, Quiccs, Rsin, RXse7en, and Squink. The opening reception will take place this Saturday, July 9th at the Clutter Gallery in Beacon, NY. Take a gander after the jump for some WIP photos!
163 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
Jul 01, 2016
Strangecat Toys Presents: “Bearly, A Custom Toy Show” @ Redefine Arts (9.2 & 9.3)
Strangecat Toys is proud to present, “Bearly, A Custom Toy Show” at Redefine Gallery in Orlando, Florida. This show will feature custom Luke Chueh bear heads by various artists from all around the way! Participating artists include: Frank Montano, Charles Rodriguez, Emelie Jensen, Eos, HX, Ink Visuals, iROC, JFURY, John Suarez, Josh Divine, Malo April, MAp-MAp, Playful Gorilla and Wendy Williford. The big show will take place on Friday, September 2nd and Saturday, September 3rd. Be sure to follow Strangecat Toys on Instagram for work in progress photos. For those not able to attend, customs will be available online on Sunday, September 4th.
29 South Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
Jun 16, 2016
Secret Fresh Presents: Checkmate ++ - Otto Bjornik's Shah Mat Dunny Release and Signing (6.19)
On Sunday, June 19th at 6PM, make your way over to Secret Fresh for Otto Bjornik's solo exhibition Checkmate ++, as well as the Shah Mat Dunny Release and signing. Checkmate ++ will feature pieces from Otto's Phosphenes Series, as well as some customs from his Bai Chu and Wood Elves series. Also on display will be drawings on paper that were inspired by the ancient game of chess, which eventually would bring forth the creation of Otto and Kidrobot's Shah Mat Dunny Chess SetShah Mat Dunny Chess Set. Join the Secret Fresh crew and hang out with Otto for what will be a fun night!
G/F RONAC Art Center, Ortigas Ave.
Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila.
Jun 11, 2016
Peter Kato x Clutter – Le Reve Du Lapin (6.11)
Tonight’s the night! Clutter will present the opening of Le Reve Du Lapin on Friday (6.11), a custom show featuring Peter Kato’s adorable slumber pal, the Bedtime Bunny vinyl figure. The show features the work of Aica, Ally Burke, Amos Hemsley, Artmymind, Blake Neubert, Candie Bolton, czee13, Double Parlour, Gary Ham, Gretchen Lewis, Jason Limon, Jenn and Tony Bott, Jeremiah Ketner, Kristina Drake, MJ Hsu, Muxxi, Odd Fauna, Peca, Peter Kato, RXSeven, Sabrina Elliot, ScarecrowOven, Scott Wilkowski, Seulgie, Simona Candini, StickyMonger, Tomodachi Island, Uamou, Valency, Yu Maeda, and Zard Apuya. There’s some amazing work for this show, hit the jump for previews of several of the customs. And as a thank you for collectors who purchase a custom, Peter Kato has conjured up magical Hat Trick 2” resin figures.
Also, Scott Wilkowski has created a limited-edition Infected Bedtime Bunny which is currently on offer to those on the Clutter Gallery preview list and will be offered in a public release at 6 PM EDT (3 PM PDT) from the Clutter shop.
Jun 02, 2016
Rotofugi Presents: Jeremiah Ketner "Nihon Dream" & Noferin in "Return to Carrara" (6.10)
Rotofugi will be hosting dual shows on Friday, June 10th, which will feature artwork from the talented artists Jeremiah Ketner in "Nihon Dream" and artist duo Noferin in "Return to Carrara". The event will take place from 7-10PM and if you cannot make i to the opening, the artwork will be up until July 3rd. There will be snacks, beverages, music and good times. Jeremiah will also be making his way back to Chicago from Japan for the opening reception.
Jeremiah Ketner – Nihon Dream || Noferin – Return to Carrara
Opening: Friday, June 10th 2016 (7-10 PM)
2780 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
May 19, 2016
Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins -- ‘Beyond Shadows’ at KP Projects / MKG (5.21)
Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins will continue his exploration of the fantastic, surreal, reality that lies just beyond our waking grasps—‘The Outside’—with the opening of ‘Beyond Shadows’ at KP Projects/MKG. In addition to surreal acrylic on canvas and graphite on paper works, Simkins has created a new collection of Drip Scripts paintings showcasing textured handstyles which will be shown upstairs at Launch LA. If you’re in or around LA this is a must-see exhibition, just be sure to RSVP (required).
In conjunction with the new show, the gallery will be releasing two signed/numbered prints—Beyond Shadows and The Glass Piñata. Each is available at a reduce pre-publication price through Midnight PDT on opening night (5.21). Please contact the gallery to order/inquire at Beyond Shadows will be available in Canvas (36” x 36”) in both regular (5 pcs, $1250/1350) and AP editions (3 pcs, $1275/$1375) and Paper (34” x 34”) in standard (30 pcs, $210/$250) and AP editions (10 pcs, $235/$275). The Glass Piñata will be available in Canvas (36 x 22.75”) in standard (5 pcs, $750/$850) and AP editions (3 pcs, $775, $875) as well as paper (34 x 23”) in standard (30 pcs, $150/$180) and AP editions (10 pcs, $175/$205).
Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins || Beyond Shadows
Opening: Saturday, May 21st (7 to 10 PM)
KP Projects / MKG
170 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
May 18, 2016
Preview:Robots Will Kill 15th Anniversary Group Show at myplastich eart (5.20)
Graffiti repository Robots Will Kill will celebrate 15 years of documenting the urban art form with a group show opening at myplasticheart in NYC on Friday (5.20). Curated by site founder ChrisRWK, the show features a selection of artists whose work has been featured on the pages of the site including :
Abe Lincoln Jr | Burn353 | Chris Rini | ChrisRWK | Deme | Downtimer | Dril | Duel | Ekg | Flying Fortress | Frank Ape | Hendrik ECB Beikirc | JesseRobot | Jos-L | Jpo | K-nor | KA | KaNO | KevRWK | Lou Pimentel | Magie Serpic | Marthalicia | MCA/Evil Design | Mike Die | Mike Graves | Miss Zukie | Monty Montgomery | Murrz | Nite Owl | Over Under | Peeta | Playful gorilla | Ramiro Studios | Rega | Sean Lugo | Sugar Fueled | Veng | Vers | Weird Eye One | Zero Productivity
The first twenty-nine attendees at the opening will receive a 15th Anniversary Tote Gift Bag with goodies including stickers, mini paintings and more. So if you find yourself in or around NYC on Friday, head on down for a strong night of art.
Robots Will Kill 15th Anniversary Show
Opening: Friday May 20th 2016 (7-10 PM)
210 Forsyth St.
New York, NY 10002
May 05, 2016
Dennis Cornetta – Lewis the Kappa and Putrid Pals for the Stranger Factory 5th Anniversary Show (5.6)
As we mentioned a few days ago, Dennis Cornetta has been hard at work bringing his latest figure, Lewis the Kappa, to life in time for the Stranger Factory Fifth Anniversary Group Show which opens on Friday (5.6). Not only is Lewis ready for his grand debut, he’ll be available in two editions – green (10 pcs) and mono (5 pcs). He stands 10” tall and comes with removable glasses—that actually have lenses.In addition to the Kappa, Dennis has also cast and painted a new Mint Chocolate edition of his Pumpkin Pals! Very cool. Also, if you’re going to be attending the show, be sure to check out Brandt Peters’ new Night King vinyl sculpted by Dennis as well.
Buff Monster -- ‘Can’t Stop the Melt’ at Galo Art Gallery (5.7)
Buff Monster has been in Tornio for the past few days working on an installation for his Cant’ Stop the Melt solo opening at the Galo Art Gallery—yes, owned by the well-known street artist—on Saturday (5.7). Expect plenty of original meltiness with 16 new paintings including Small Self Portrait (above).
Set against the backdrop of the painted wall installation, the opening is a must-see if you find yourself around Tornio—a quick 1 hour train ride from Milan. In addition to the paintings, the gallery will have copies of Buff Monster’s new Stay Melty book—we’re pretty sure he’ll sign it for you if you ask nicely. If you’d like a preview of the show, drop a line to the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buff Monster||Can’t Stop the Melt
Opening: Saturday, May 7th 2016 (5:30 – 9 PM)
Galo Art Gallery
Via Saluzzo 11/G
Apr 29, 2016
Dennis Cornetta -- ‘Lewis’ for Stranger Factory Fifth Anniversary Exhibition (5.6)
Dennis Cornetta has been hard at work on a sharp new turtle figure which is scheduled to debut at the Stranger Factory Five Year Anniversary Exhibition on Friday, May 6th 2016. Cornetta sculpted Lewis digitally in Zbrush, 3D output him and is now casting up a little resin army of the figures. The snazzy yet sad turtle looks great with his bowtie and removable glasses. An accomplished artist, digital sculptor and more, Cornetta has his hands in several art toy projects including sculpting Brandt Peters’ upcoming Night King. Enjoy these in-progress pics (more after the jump) and keep an eye out for an update with painted pics.
Stranger Factory Five Year Anniversary Exhibition
Opening: Friday, May 6th, 2016 (6-9 PM)
3411 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Apr 26, 2016
Preview: Baby Fatts Custom Show @ Rotofugi (5.13)
Rotofugi will host the Baby Fatts Customized Toy Exhibit opening on Friday, May 13th 2016, featuring artist interpretations of Big C’s adorable dragon resin. The show roster includes 2PetalRose, NC Winters, Frank Montano, kOmega, Eos, JFury1, JC Rivera, Brandon Dicks, Tim Wollweber, Mike Bell and the man himself, Big C. Hit the jump for a preview of some of the customs including work-in-progress pics.
Baby Fatts Customized Toy Exhibit
Opening: Friday May 13th, 2016 (7-10 PM)
2780 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago IL 60614
Apr 23, 2016
Preview: Scott Wilkowski at Woot Bear (4.30)
Scott Wilkowski will bring his signature ‘infected’ aesthetic to San Francisco for a one-night event at Woot Bear on Saturday, April 30th 2016 (6-9 PM). So far the gallery has posted preview shots including a trio of new Kamen Rider figures—seemingly based on the V3 costume—a trio of Infected Dunnys, and a pair of Kittens. Each of these mind-bending pieces feature Scott’s sick skeletal sculpts embedded within translucent resin. Also, it looks like Scott has sculpted ‘Baby Woot’, a new miniature mascot of the uninfected variety, as seen on the show flier.
Scott Wilkowski Exhibition
April 30th, 2016 (6-9 PM)
1512 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Apr 21, 2016
How & Nosm -- ‘In Between’ at Library Street Collective (4.23)
Known for their impossibly intricate murals and paintings, the street art duo How & Nosm—identical twins—will open In Between at the Library Street Collective in Detroit—epicenter of urban-influenced new contemporary art. The new collection continues their exploration of the universal themes of dichotomy and duality—the pull and push of forces and elements against one another, the interconnectedness of all things. In addition to 12 new canvas paintings, How & Nosm will, for the first time, offer 30+ pencil drawings, studies for wall murals, some for realized projects—‘born’—and others for projects yet to be realized—‘unborn’.
Fittingly, in conjunction with the exhibition, How and Nosm have undertaken their largest mural project to date, ‘Balancing Act’ which spans an awe-inspiring 184 x 60 foot space adjacent to Shepard Fairey’s mural at One Campus Martius in downtown Detroit.
Having had the opportunity to see their work from afar, and up-close, in-process, we are huge fans of How & Nosm’s work and inimitable work ethic as well—painting from sunrise to well beyond sundown. If you are in Detroit and have a chance to go to the opening, by all means, do so.
How & Nosm || In Between
Opening: Saturday, April 23rd 2016
Library Street Collective
1260 Library Street
Detroit, MI 48226
Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot (4.23)
Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot opens this Saturday (4.23) at the sexy Vincent Price Art Museum on the campus of East LA College. Curated by GR founder Eric Nakamura, the exhibition showcases the work of Albert Reyes, Ako, Castuera, Rob Sato, Matt Furie, Tiny Splendor, and Yoskay Yamamoto. While we haven’t seen much of the exhibition yet, we’re excited about Yoskay’s installation—with a walk-in house—his largest yet and a must-see.
The exhibition will also feature a selection of paintings and art toys from Aaron Brown, Andrew Hem, Comet Debris, Deth P Sun, Dril One, Gary Ham, Edwin Ushiro, Hellen Jo, Jen Tong, Katsuya Terada, KMNDZ, kozyndan, Jeremiah Ketner, Jerome Lu, Leecifer, Le Merde, Luke Chueh, Mari Inukai, Mark Nagata, Mark Todd, Mike Lee, Nathan Ota, Nikki McClure, Sarah Neyhart. Sean Chao, Seonna Hong, Shawn Cheng, Souther Salazar, Theo Ellsworth, Yosuke Ueno and more.
If you’re in or around LA, definitely drop by to check out Silent Wonderment, a celebration of the inspiring, vibrant and eclectic mix of art culture that is Giant Robot. Hit the jump for a preview of selected pieces and behind-the-scenes installation pics.
Silent Wonderment: Exploring the World of Giant Robot
April 23rd to July 2nd 2016
Vincent Price Art Museum
East LA College
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754-6099
Apr 19, 2016
123KLAN -- ‘Style is the Message’ at First Amendment Gallery (4.21)
Street art/design super duo 123KLAN will slide into First Amendment Gallery in San Francisco on Thursday (4.21) for the opening of their Style is the Message solo. Husband and wife, Scien and Klor, have created a West Coast-influenced collection of new paintings featuring their gotta-have-it street-meets-design style. In addition to the original art, the gallery will have several limited-edition silkscreen prints for sale. If you’re in the Bay Area, drop in and check out their bold art featuring fierce beasts, cool customers, and ultra tight text.
123klan || Style is the Message
Opening: Thursday, April 21st (6:30 – 9:30 PM)
First Amendment Gallery
1000 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA
Apr 18, 2016
Luke Chueh -- ‘Damaged Goods’ at Inner State Gallery (4.22)
Luke Chueh will open his new solo, ‘Damaged Goods’, at Inner State Gallery in Detroit this Friday (4.22). As the flier and his artist statement mention, the new show explores the intersection of art and commerce. In addition to several original paintings, expect quite a few ‘goods’ as well. While it’s not exactly clear what the commerce side of the equation will bring in total, various art prints will certainly be part of the mix as Inner State is run by the same folks behind 1XRun. He’s specifically mentioned screen printing, hand-embellished prints, and laser-cutting—mmmmm.
Interestingly, Luke has been spending the last week or so working on pieces at 1xRun’s Artist-in-Residence loft in Detroit. From what he and the gallery have shared so far, he’s been focusing on works on paper. We’re curious to see how these paper pieces factor into the show. Luke doesn’t usually offer ‘sketches’, studies, or works on paper but that seems like a strong possibility. Perhaps some of the loft pieces will find their way onto various prints.
Luke Chueh || Damaged Goods
Opening: Friday, April 22nd 2016
Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot Ave.
Detroit Michigan, $8207
Apr 16, 2016
Sean Chao – Two Together at Giant Robot 2 (4.16)
Sean Chao will open his Two Together solo this evening—Saturday, April 16th—at Giant Robot 2. The heartfelt new collection features signature dioramas set within the abstracted shape of his longtime canine companion’s face, Nunu. Each of these pieces features a whimsical dog ship—piloted by a curious crew—built out of and powered by a curious, rustic patchwork of miniature plants, dim sum, other assorted edibles, rubber-band gears, and more. Beyond the canine cockpits are several free-form light-hearted pieces depicting friends enjoying each other’s company. Hit the jump for additional preview pics and the show flier.
Sean Chao || Two Together
Opening: Saturday April 16th, 2016 (6:30 – 10 PM)
Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Apr 06, 2016
Studio Gold Group Show at myplasticheart (4.16)
Next up for myplasticheart is Studio Gold opening on Saturday, April 16th 2016. For the fifth iteration of the annual group show, curators the Studio Miners have changed things up just a bit, both in format and scope. This year’s show doesn’t feature a theme, rather the 25 featured artists were given a wide-open creative slate: a 12” x 12” space to fill as they like. Also, As a compliment to the show, the Miners will release a Studio Gold zine at the opening—an exploration of the artists’ everyday inspiration and process through a look at their creative spaces, collections, and surroundings.
For 2016, Studio Gold features the work of Angry Woebots, Chris Austin, Maret Bondorew, Betso, Brian Butler, Bwana Spoons, Dave the Chimp, Chris RWK, Chula, Mathew Curran, Evoker, Flying Fortress, Ekiem, Kev Grey, Mike Guerrero, Michael C. Hsiung, Aya Kakeda, kaNO, Peter Kato, Phil Lumbang, MCA, OBLVN, Podgy Panda, Lou Pimentel, Clams Rockefeller, Smut Villain, Tougui (above) and Mr. Walters.
Opening: Friday April 16th 7-10PM
210 Forsyth St. NYC
Apr 02, 2016
Monsters and Misfits IV Online Preview
The Circus Posterus x Tomenosuke Monsters and Misfits IV semi-annual show opened in Tokyo on Friday morning Japan time. If you’ve been waiting for a chance to browse all the pieces from the show and order your favorites, now is the time –head on over to the MMIV Online Preview page.