Dec 04, 2013
Martin Hsu – Little Blessings: Online Holiday Gift Show (12.6)
Right around the holidays many galleries host shows offering affordable art perfect as unique gifts. Martin Hsu has put his own spin on this tradition by creating graphite on paper pieces with gold paint accents for his very own virtual ‘show’ – Little Blessings. The pieces will be available in two sizes small (4.5” x 6”) for $60 and large (8.5” x 11”) for $120. Little Blessings ‘opens’ on Friday (12.6) @ Noon PST from Martin’s site. Instead of the usual gift card, why not give original art this year?
Red Pipe Gallery Presents: Dave Pressler – “A Very Robot Christmas” (12.14)
Dave Pressler will have his very own X-Mas pop up show on Saturday, December 14th at Red Pipe Gallery. “A Very Robot Christmas” will feature some original artwork, prints, books, toys, and t-shirts. This show couldn’t have been done without Mat Gleason of Coagula Curatorial.
“I'm excited to curate this show as the built-in audience for Dave's work gives me a chance to put gallery-going on their 2014 to-do list. The robots are perfect because they have a foundation Pop art but are also really portraiture, really archetypes of various elements of the human condition. There is a reduction to the highest common denominator among us and in that they are more sophisticated than a lot of the copycat contemporary art being churned out by the local MFA diploma mills.” - Mat Gleason
From 2-5PM at Ripe Gallery will be the Kid-Friendly Art show, with music games, balloons, and other goodies. From 7-11PM “A Very Robot Christmas” opens up its gates with a grown-up robot aspect!
Red Pipe Gallery
978 Chung King Rd
Los Angeles, California 90012
Dec 03, 2013
Super Suck-Up 2 Custom Editions Available from Suckadelic
Did you miss out on the Super Suck-up 2 artist custom Sucklord figures at DesignerCon? If so, you’re in luck. The artist editions are now available online directly from the Sucklord himself at suckadelic.com. For reference, here’s the rundown of this year’s figures:
Bob Conge/Plaseebo - edition of 28 * Healeymade - edition of 30 * Grody Shogun - edition of 50 * J*Ryu - edition of 50 * Jesse Hernandez – edition of 50 * Leecifer - edition of 30 * Michelle Valigura - edition of 29 * Mike Egan - edition of 30 * Sket One – edition of 50 * TOUMA – edition of 50 * UAMOU – edition of 50 * Woes Martin – edition of 50 * Scott Wilkowski – edition of 50 * Sucklord - edition of 35. The Sucklord edition is available for $35/pcwhile the other artist editions are $100/pc.
Power Rangers ‘20 Rangers for 20 Years’ at Toy Art Gallery (12.7)
Toy Art Gallery will host the weekend-long 20 Rangers for 20 Years: Power Rangers 20th anniversary art exhibition with an opening reception Saturday evening (12.7). To celebrate two decades of fighting evil while fascinating kids and teens, Toy Art Gallery and event organizer Sweet Streets asked twenty artists to customize and reinterpret 31” Power Rangers statues. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the custom Rangers will benefit the Boys and Girls club. The exhibition will also include a Pop-up shop featuring a new Mishka Power Rangers T-shirt capsule collection by artists Daniel Dussualt and L’Amour Supreme plus product from other Power Ranger partners including The Loyal Subjects and Acme Archives.
The artist roster for 20 Ranger for 20 Years includes 64colors, Ardabus Rubber, Bei Badgirl, Chloe Norgaard, Cope2, CRASH, Frank Kozik, Indie184, Jim Mahfood, Josh Mayhem, J*ryu, KaNO, Kerry Horvath, Lamour Supreme, Malcolm Stuart, Martin Hsu, Martin Ontiveros, Mathew Curran, Meggs, Mikie Graham, Mike Smith, Nicolette Davenport, Olek, Pretty In Plastic, Robert Castro, Scott Tolleson, Shojono Tomo, Superdeux, TADO, and Simone Legno of Tokidoki. Hit the jump for a preview of work-in-progress and completed Power Rangers and don’t forget the show will be up this Saturday and Sunday only.
20 Rangers for 20 Years
Opening: Saturday December 7th 2013 (7-10 PM)
Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046
Dec 02, 2013
Rivet Gallery Presents: Jeff Lamm in “Giant Monsters Total Combat!” (12.07)
Jeff Lamm will be making his way to Rivet Gallery on Saturday, December 7th for his very own solo show, “Giant Monsters Total Combat!”. You can expect much of his awesome artwork and a special exclusive “Greasebat and Friends Gummy Playset” to release as well! The doors open at 7PM, with the show running to the 31st if you cannot attend the opening!
1200 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201
Nov 24, 2013
Toy Art Gallery Presents: Blamo Toys – 5th Annual Custom Show (12.14)
On Saturday, December 14th will be the opening of Toy Art Gallery x Blamo Toys 5th Annual Custom Show! This show will feature a ton of artists having their way with Blamo Toys’ Billy figure. You are silly not going to want to miss this! Take a look after the jump of some submissions from Chris Ryniak, Miss Monster, SouthernDrawl, David Ten, Paolo Petrangeli, Shane Haddy, and iRoc. The doors will open promptly at 7PM!
Nov 21, 2013
Mist – Son of Actarus Be@rbrick Cutoms in 3000%, 1000% and 400%
For his recent ‘Son of Actarus’ solo at Galerie Le Feuvre in Paris, renown French graffiti artist Mist exhibited a collection of new paintings, as well as a family of custom Actarus Be@rbricks in three sizes – 400%, 1000% and a massive 3000% fiberglass masterpiece, celebrating the lead character in the French version of Go Nagai’s Grendizer. Mist always puts together impressive gallery exhibitions mixing his signature 2D works with sweet sculptural pieces. Son of Actarus continues the trend with the custom Be@rbricks as well as several large-scale hand-painted Goldo sculptures. Props to Nicolas Pinelli who sent us the news and the pics, many of which he shot.
Nov 19, 2013
Grass Hut Gallery goes out with Tim Biskup x Munktiki ‘The End’ (12.5)
First the good news, Grass Hut will be hosting ‘The End’ (12.5) featuring work from Tim Biskup and Munktiki. The show will feature Tim’s final Pollard release -- ‘Toy Killer’ featuring clear pollards filled with tiny toys as well new Yakimon pieces from Munktiki including a new character, some mash-ups, and an appearance of the Chihuahua Fighter. Now, for the sad news -- ‘The End’ is the final show for the Grass Hut gallery. Afterwards, Bwana will be closing the retail location. On the up side, Grass Hut will continue as an online shop.
Opening: Thursday December 5th, 2013
Grass Hut Art Market
400 NW Couch St
portland oregon 97209
SEEN: Q Pop Shop – Tokusatsu 2
Last Saturday night was the opening of Q Pop Shop’s Tokusatsu 2 show, a group tribute show, which paid homage to our favorite tokusatsu television shows that we all grew up with. This exhibit featured artwork from artists all around the world, which brought in a huge crowd on opening night! Check out photos from the event after the jump. For a better view of the photos, check out their show preview HERE.
Nov 14, 2013
myplasticheart Presents: Andrea Kang in “Pretend Sleep” (11.15)
Taking place this Friday, November 15th at mypasticheart is a solo exhibit featuring the artworks of Andrea Kang in “Pretend Sleep”. Andrea will showcase a wide variety of mixed media, which will explore moments that occur between memories, dreams, and reality. The opening reception will begin at 6PM. Be sure to stop by, as Andrea will be attending there in person!
210 Forsyth St.
Lower East Side
Nov 13, 2013
Q Pop Shop Presents: Tokusatsu 2: Revenge of the Kaiju (11.16)
Q Pop Shop is proud to announce the return of their group art exhibit, Tokusatsu 2: Revenge of the Kaiju! It will also be a celebration of their 3rd anniversary, which will be taking place this Saturday, November 16th at 7PM. This show features a large list of artists, whose pieces will be inspired by classic Japanese shows, such as Godzilla, Ultra Seven, Kamen Raider, etc… There will be all sorts of mediums, from sand art to metal sculptures, and even needlefelting to plushies.
Participating artists include:
Aaron Spurgeon, Alex Kirwan, Andy Bialk, Angela Pauly Llobet, Angela Sung, Avner Gelle,r Bernie Petterson, Bryan Newton, Bryan Wong, Camilo Bergano, Carson Catlin, Chris Sasaki, Christopher Mitchell, Ciro Nieli, Dan Thompson, Dave Savage, Douglas Gauthier, Drake Brodahl, Eddie Xu, Evon Freeman, Fawn Veerasunthorn, Felix Ip, Glen Murakami, Guillermo Real, Heejin Park, Ian Abando, Jack Cusumano, Jasmin Lai, Jeff Ranjo, Jeffrey Lamm, Jisoo Kim, Joey Chou, Jorge Gutierrez, Kassandra Heller, Keika Yamaguchi Keiko Murayama Kenard Pak Kevin Dart Kevin Sukho Lee Konatsu Kyle Carroza, Leo Matsuda, Lindsay Smit,h Lissa Treiman, Louie Del Carmen, Luca Tieri, Magen Mitchell, Maria Vitan, Mark Nagata, Mark Taihei, Martin Hsu, Marty M. Ito, Maximus Julius Pauson, Michael Fleming, Michelle Park, Mike Bear, Mike Yamada, Mingjue Helen Chen, Nathan Stanton, Naoshi, Nikolas Ilic, Oliver Akuin, Omocat, Pakoto, Patrick Awa, Picopico, Priscilla Wong, Rie Koga, Riki Takaoka, Robert Iza, Ruriko Maruyama, Sah Tantivaranyoo, Sandra Equihua, Shojono Tomo, Siccaluna Koubo, Stephanie Ramirez, Tara Billinge,r Tatsuro Maruyama, Teerawat Palanitisena, Tiffany Ford, Timothy Lamb, Tony Siruno, Tuna Bora, VilAntares, Yakimon, Yoko D'Holbachie, and Zach Bellisimo.
Q Pop Shop and Gallery
128 Astronaut E S Onizuka St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Dragatomi Presents: Fonzo Loves California (11.16)
We just wanted to remind you that taking place this Saturday, November 16th at Dragatomi is Freak Store’s “Fonzo Loves California” custom group show. This art show will feature a ton of amazing artists you’re going to want to see up close! Please enjoy some some teasers by PJ Constable, Calvin Ma, Tasha Zimich, Ardabus Rubber, Patrick Wong, UME Toys, Mark Nagata, Mab Graves, Burundanga, Gabriel Carpio, Camilla D’errico, and Jason Limon after the jump! If you are in the area, please check out the show. You won’t be disappointed!
2317 J Street
Toy Art Gallery: Artists Assemble! – Stan Lee’s Yo! Custom Show (11.15)
Toy Art Gallery along with Stan Lee’s POW Entertainment, and 3Coconut Monkey, have joined forces to bring you ‘Artists Assemble! – Stan Lee’s Yo! Custom Show’ which opens on Friday (11.15) from 8 to 10 PM. The group show features artist customs of the Yo! DIY platform figure – a Super-powered infant ready to become whatever you imagine, as well as an art auction. Proceeds from the sales of the customs and the art auction will benefit the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards – a prestigious scholarship program recognizing and assisting creative teens.
The exhibition roster includes: Abe Lincoln Jr., Aeron Alfrey, Ardabus Rubber, Bert S. Gatchalian, Bob Conge/Plaseebo, Brent Nolasco, Carson Catlin, Chet Zar, COPE2, Cris Rose, Darren Goldman, Dodgrr, Dr. Hill, Francesco De Molfetta, Furry Feline Creatives, Gabbie Custom Art, Geoff Trapp, George Gaspar, Ian Ziobrowski, Javier Jimenez, Jay222, Jesse Hernandez, Jim Koch, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Jophen Stein, Josh Mayhem, Juan Muniz, Julie B, KRK Ryden, Leesasaur, Luke Chueh, MCA, Megan Massacre, Megan Smithyman, Michael Leavitt, Michael Pro, Miscreation Toys, Mitch O'Connell, Nathan Hamill, Obscure, Olivia, Ragnar, Rsin Art, Scarecrowoven, Spankystokes, Steven Daily, Sylvia Ji, Tasha Zimich, The Pizz, Tim Clarke, Tomi, Tyler Coey, Victor Castillo, Zieromuko, and more.
In addition to the artist customs, several artists and celebrities have donated to the art auction including Brimstone, CastleCorsetry, Colin Ferguson, Danny Trejo, Doug Jones, James Hong, Keahu Kahuanui, Lou Ferrigno, Seth Green, Anthony Decidue, Anthony Watkins, Anthony Winn, B-King, Bonnie Burton, Brian Tee, Bruce Campbell, Chase Conley, Chris Meesey, Christian Sokoni, Cleia Barreto, CrabCat Industries, Dan Panosian, KudzuTech, Evilos- Chris Avalos, Gene Simmons, Grant Imahara, Holly Conrad, J Salvador, Jamie Tyndall, Jason Metcalf, Jessica Merizan, Jessica Miranda, John Ottinger, Josh Prieto, Justin Nissley, Kevin Smith, Liam Murray, LittleHouse, Mara Sprafkin, Megan Hutchison, Mirelly Taylor, Rialeah Vanderbilt, Robert Luedke, Steve Guerra, Team Unicorn, Yesenia Prieto, Yuka Kobayashi, Zees and more.
Artists Assemble! – Stan Lee’s Yo! Custom Show
Opening: Friday November 15th, 2013 (8-10 PM)
Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046
Buff Monster – Toy Machine in NYC (11.14)
For the PK Shop’s upcoming ‘Holiday Shop’ show featuring artist multiples, Buff Monster will unveil his ‘Toy Machine’ – a gleaming black+silver sculptural piece which offers two side-by-side Gashapon style vending machines filled with mini resin figures hand-cast by the artist himself. The left-side machine features Buff’s Ice Cream resin heads in four standard variations (OG, Skull, Demon, and Zombie) plus new Double Zombies and Half Devil/Half Zombie hybrids. The right-hand machine features Buff Monster’s ‘Cheap Toys’ an homage to the original Garbage Pail Kids’ Cheap Toys line. In addition to the previously released Double Heather, the machine features two remixed figures – Alice Island and Graffiti Petey.
Both machines offer plenty of variety with casts in multiple colors (transparent and opaque) plus a few unexpected surprises including hand-painted pieces and for the extremely lucky collectors – a few cast bronze figures. Finally, Buff Monster designed a custom token for the machine featuring his ice cream dude’s head on one side and his logo on the tails side. Rather than going with the standard brass token, Buff opted for a super shiny nickel token.
Buff Monster’s ‘Toy Machine’ offers collectors a unique, suspense filled, whimsical buying experience -– insert the custom token, turn the knob and see what fate has bestowed. Or, collectors can opt to keep the shiny token as a collectible/memento in its own right. The Toy Machine will debut on Thursday (11.14) @ The PK Shop in NYC from 6-8 PM during the exhibition opening.
Buff Monster’s Toy Machine at the PK Shop’s Holiday Shop
Opening: Thursday, November 14th (6-8 PM)
511 W. 27 St.
New York, NY 10001
Nov 06, 2013
PIQ Presents: Artist Meet & Greet with Jason Freeny (11.09)
PIQ in Las Vegas will be hosting an evening where you can meet Jason Freeny! He will be exhibiting some of his popular sculptures and anatomical prints at this event, which will be taking place on Saturday, November 9th from 10AM – 12PM & 2PM – 8PM. There will also be prints available for sale, which are exclusive to PIQ, as well as a poster collage of all his sculptures.
PIQ Store Las Vegas
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Oct 30, 2013
Shub Zeroth "Negocio De Horror" edition by Meta-Crypt @ “Horror Business” Show at Rivet Gallery (11.02)
Along with Brian Ewing’s solo exhibit, “Horror Business” at Rivet Gallery, will be the release of Negocio De Horror edition of Shub Zeroth by Brian Ewing and Justin "Hateball" Jewett aka Meta-Crypt. These are limited to only 8 pieces and will be available for $125 each. Attendees of the show on Saturday, November 2nd will have first dibs on this release. Any remaining figures will then be available online!
Oct 24, 2013
Jeff Lamm – Mecha Greasebat Vs. M5 Bravo @ Clutter Gallery (11.9)
Jeff Lamm will present a titanic battle ‘Mecha Greasebat Vs. M5 Bravo’ opening at Clutter Gallery on November 9th. The new solo will feature silkscreen prints, canvas prints and digital prints as well as a fistful of toys including a M5 Bravo & Stee-Gar flocked vinyl two-pack, a Sakhalin Blood Red Greasebat & Friends Gummi Play Set, as well as the debut appearance of the Battle-Damaged M5 Bravo vinyl from Jeff Lamm and Unbox. Sounds awesome.
Jeff Lamm || ‘Mecha Greasebat Vs. M5 Bravo’
Opening: Saturday, November 9th 2013 (6-9 PM)
163 Main St.
Beacon, NY 12508
Stranger Factory Presents: Ragnar in “Engine” & Gary Ham in “Sentimentrees” (11.01)
Taking place next Friday, November 1st at the Stranger Factory is a dual exhibit featuring the artworks of Ragnar in his show “Engine” and Gary Ham in “Sentimentrees”. For Gary’s exhibit, he’s given the things we used to play with and on, a life of its own. He’s produced many one of a kind wooden pieces that perfectly reflect what it was like when we were children with limitless imaginations. You can see more of his pieces for the show after the jump!
“Sentimentrees” is based around the personification of his own sentimental childhood memories. If the things we loved as a child could walk and talk, what would their childhood be like? As children, we saw our treehouse as a trusted friend and sanctuary; as adults we see a wood box nailed into tree branches. “Sentimentrees” brings us back to seeing our playthings through the optimism and unconditional love of our youth
109 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Oct 23, 2013
Rivet Gallery Presents: Brian Ewing in “Horror Business” (11.02)
Rivet Gallery is proud to present Brian Ewing in his very own solo exhibition, “Horror Business”. This show will feature a number of limited edition screen print artwork, as well as an exclusive colorway release of his Shub Zeroth figure with Meta-Crypt. The opening reception takes place on Saturday, November 2nd from 7-10PM. We’re sure a ton of you will still be in the Halloween spirit, which is a perfect reason for you to come out and visit this show.
1200 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201
Oct 22, 2013
Lulubell Toy Bodega Presents: Bwana Spoons in Desert Gardens (10.25)
Bwana Spoons will be making it all the way out to Arizona to hang out at Lulubell Toy Bodega for a special event, “Desert Gardens”. Check out some original artwork, prints, and some desert gardens customs this Friday, October 25th from 6-10PM. He will also be doing a live painting! Come join in on the festivities and meet a super rad dude!
Lulubell Toy Bodega
128 W. Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85201
Oct 21, 2013
Fonzo Loves California at Dragatomi (11.16)
Fresh off his DTA win as best platform toy, Fonzo is ready to hit the west coast with his latest group exhibition, ‘Fonzo Loves California’ opening on Saturday November 16th @ Dragatomi in Sacramento. The exhibition will feature custom Fonzos by Scribe, Scott Tolleson, MapMap, Camilla D’errico, Double Parlour, Chauskoskis, Drilone, Jeremiah Ketner, 64colors, Sergio Mancini, Artmymind, Gary Ham, Rsin, Stuart Witter, Charles Rodriguez, Gabriel Carpio, Task One, Otto Bjornik, Grimsheep, Shojonotomo, Eimi, Chikuwaemil, Tasha Zimich, Ardabus Rubber, The Beast Brothers, Jay 222, Jon Paul Kaiser, Umetoys, Mark Nagata, Jason Limon, Sonnito, Muxxi, Burundanga Design, Spencer Hilbert, Mab Graves, Mike Fudge, Calvin Ma, Nakanari, PJ Constable, Patrick Wong, Gerard MDS and Silvia Cipolla. If you’re around/near/in Sacramento, this is a must see show.
Fonzo Loves California
Opening: Saturday October 16th 2013
2317 J Street
Oct 19, 2013
Macross World’s Deculture: A Tribute To Macross Art Pieces Available Now!
It was just a few weekends ago that the Macross World Convention took place. Now the remaining pieces from the Deculture: A Tribute to Macross art show are now available for purchase online! They few remaining pieces are definitely some you don’t want to miss out on, which include artwork by Heejin Park, Maria Vitan, Mary J. Hoffman, and Sho Murase. You can see more detailed information on the pieces HERE and be sure to send an email to art.macrossworld[at]gmail[dot]com for inquiries.
Oct 18, 2013
Preview: Alex Pardee -- ‘Bunnywith’ @ Gallery 1988 East (10.19)
Über talented artist /wild man Alex Pardee will treat LA to a new solo with the opening of his ‘Bunnywith’ at Gallery 1988 East on Friday (10.19). As the title suggests, the new show revolves around Pardee’s classic, old-school Bunnywith character. In 100+ paintings and drawings, Alex’s floppy eared, armless rabbit will undergo numerous transformations some involving mutation and other painful afflictions while others will see Bunnywith step into the shoes and cloaks of various pop culture icons. If you’re planning to go (and why wouldn’t you???), show up early and expect a line as Gallery 1988 East is fairly cozy.
Alex Pardee || ‘Bunnywith’
Opening: Saturday, October 19th (7-10 PM)
Gallery 1988 East
7021 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Oct 17, 2013
Brian McCarty -- War-Toys Vol 1. Book + NYC Exhibition (11.5)
For the past several years, toy photographer extraordinaire Brian McCarty has been travelling to warn torn regions to explore and document children’s experiences of armed conflict as part of his ‘War-Toys’ project. The project draws its name from the narrative process used to engage children in which they create drawings and pose toys to relate their experiences of war in a manner that reduces stigma or emotional barriers.
Having completed the first phase of his project in Israel and the Gaza strip, Brian has compiled the work into his new War-Toys Vol 1. Book and is about to open a War-Toys exhibit (11.5) in NYC at the Peanut Underground curated by Tinca Art.
Available in both a regular ($32) and a special edition ($125), the 80 page book features 75 photographs and illustrations relating children’s memories of war as well as an introduction in English, Arabic, and Hebrew; essays by renowned expressive therapy experts Dr. Judith Rubin and Dr. Julia Byers; and a narrative account of the production of the project. Limited to 50 books, the special edition features a special foil stamped cover, signed/numbered title page, a pewter toy artifact (34 mm) molded by Pretty in Plastic of the actual plastic army man toy used in the Wall Shooting photograph, a signed/numbered 5” x 7” Wall Shooting Print and a certificate of authenticity. Both versions of the book are available for pre-order on Brian McCarty’s site. The book will be released on November 12th.
Preview: Toy Art Gallery – ‘Strange Days’ Exhibition (10.19)
Toy Art Gallery will feature the work of six artists for ‘Strange Days’ which opens on Saturday (10.19). The exhibition will feature the work of Itokin Park, Brent Nolasco, Martin Ontiveros, Josh Herbolsheimer, Michael Pro and Shirahama/Yatsuashi. Expect toy customs, sculpture, paintings and drawings from this talented roster. In addition, TAG will debut and release their two newest sofubi figures – Bloodthirst by Brent Nolasco and Rotting Reaper Corpse by Michael Pro. Mark it down on your calendar, on Saturday evening TAG is the place to be in LA for quality toy art.
Opening: Saturday, October 19th 2013 (7-10 PM)
Toy Art Gallery
7571 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046