Coarse opened ‘Prisoners Beside Me’ at Rotofugi in Chicago on Friday evening (12.5). Thanks to the great pics and info shared by the collectors on the indispensable Coarseheads fb group, we know that the exhibition offered a strong mix of higher end sculpture — both originals and small-run multiples – as well as several limited-edition vinyl editions.
On the one-off and multiples side, Coarse introduced a number of new animal characters including a crazy, crotchety frog, a very cool raccoon, a quirky mother goose, and a few versions of what we’re going to say are goats – including large children’s bouncy ride style pieces. They also showcased several collaborations with Amanda Visell including three new one-off Dark Sorrows customs (Giraffe, Elephant, and Zebra).
The show also featured a large number of new limited-edition vinyl drops including the Outburst Loop 7” vinyls. These are first the vinyl editions of the exuberant omen’s with the spread wings first seen as part of the Outburst resin sets. Rotofugi is offering three exclusive Outburst Loop editions – a white edition (30 pcs, $99) which is sold out, a black edition (300 pcs, $99) and a blue edition (300 pcs $99). Both of the larger editions are available for pre-order with delivery set for Q1 2015. The show also marked the release of the Omen Fugi mini in Roto Blue (300 pcs, $14.95). Collectors will be happy to know that Roto also has the Omen Shibuya edition (300 pcs, $14.95).
Finally, Coarse said a heartfelt goodbye and honored long-time collector Roman Shevchenko who recently passed away, tragically and suddenly, with Omen Fade – a new vinyl edition to benefit Roman’s family. To be released on 1.8.15 via Coarselife, the forlorn, eyes-closed Omen Fade was accompanied by a poem about the profound sense of loss that comes with the death of a dear friend.
Stay tuned for availability of the remaining limited-edition product from the show.
[Photos by Michael Walker, Richie Oliva, Geoffrey Cuddy, and Eric Morgan]