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Aug 08, 2019

Coarse — Years Adrift in Vinyl (8.14)

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Coarse continues to do the unexpected, pushing the technical limits and conceptual boundaries of Art Toys.  Each solo show or exhibition brings the debut of new resin Originals [editions of 3 or 5], some seemingly bound for translation to vinyl, others seemingly, firmly, not. Stylistically and subject wise, some pieces have a certain character-based toy appeal while others read as fine art sculpture.

That is until Coarse announced that Years Adrift, its striking resin fine art multiple, was coming to vinyl in two 18" art toy editions.  If you've followed Coarse for awhile, you might recognize the piece featuring Fever with out stretched-arms, a tired bird with large spread wings, on his back, both perched precariously over a ledge. It was released as an extremely limited handmade resin edition at their Cold Ways exhibition (Rotofugi, August 2016).  Without Coarse's Art Toy pedigree, Years Adrift would have little to no connection with toys. Wrapped in iconic imagery, It is a sculptural exploration of the pivotal nature of precarious points in life.

And yet, here we are as Coarse readies two 18" 'Vinyl Replica' versions of the larger original resin sculptures. Both the subtly colorful Ephemera and monochromatic Pain editions translate the emotional imagery of the piece, complete with the included thin pedestal (wall mount capable).  To say that Years Adrift is one of the years best art toys, is to state the obvious, but it bears mentioning nonetheless.

Years Adrift — Ephemera (Edition of 345) and Years Adrift — Pain (Edition of 175) will be available for pre-order on Wednesday, August 14th 2019 at 8:59 AM PDT from the Coarse Shop for $298 each and are scheduled to ship to collectors in early 2020.

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Enamel Market Anniversary Show in Pasadena (8.10)

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Enamel Market is celebrating its one-year anniversary in style with its largest show yet on Saturday (8.10, 10 AM - 5 PM) at the Pasadena Convention Center (Hall C).  With 60+ vendors, Enamel Market is the perfect place to find that perfect pin (or two, or three…).  How Much ?  Free!  Thanks to DesignerCon's sponsorship, Enamel Market is free.  And… the first 200 registered collectors to attend (for free), will receive a Steve Caballero Cab Dragon pin for … free! Be sure to register online and show up early for the free prin.

Come for the pin shopping and stay for the live spray painting sessions sponsored by Lead The Change featuring Ninobuni (Juan Muniz) and others. See you all there.

Enamel Market One Year Anniversary Show
Saturday, August 10th 2019 (10 AM - 5 PM)

Pasadena Convention Center (Hall C)
300 E Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91101

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WanChaFu x Jim Dreams x Paradise — The Chunk Combo Part II (8.10)

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Oh to be in Taiwan.  Taiwanese burger spot WanChaFu (旺茶福) will be serving up the Chunk Combo Part II (NT1700/$54.34) on Saturday (8.10)  at 10 AM—note the new time caused by the impending Typhoon.  The combo features Mono versions of Baby Ronald Chunk and Baby Thief Chunk by Jim Dreams x Unbox Industries as well as a flavored tea.

Jim Dreams will be signing (3-4 PM) at the event—coordinated by Paradise—which will also feature the first release of the larger mono Ronald Chunk as part of the Ronald Chunk Combo featuring the toy, a WanChaFu burger and drink for NT3000 ($97).  To add to the fun, the restaurant is prominently featuring the Chunk Combo II on their store front for this special drop. Please note that the restaurant only accepts cash.

Chunk Combo II Release
Saturday, August 10th at 10 AM

WanChaFu
No. 27號, Zhongxing North Street
Sanchong District
New Taipei City, Taiwan 241

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