Stencil art has a long, long history....like ancient. The history spans from pre-historic times (where the hand may have been the very first stencil pattern) through Edo period Japan, into Europe where Picasso, Matisse and many others experimented with "pochoir" (French for stencil) and onto the streets around the globe in more modern times.
For our next exhibit we take a look at three artists working with stencils today. St. Louis -based Peat Wollaeger brings us a character-rich cartoon-inspired style with a graffiti edge and will be featuring his latest stencil series "EYEZ," Chicago artist David Soukup explores the use of stencils to create intricate architecture-inspired works and Seattle-based Jonathan Wakuda Fischer mixes Japanese themes with modern culture and vibrant colors. Opening Reception Friday, Feb. 27, 09 6-10PM Snacks will be served and the artists will all be in attendance.
Exhibit continues through March 15
Address: Rotofugi 1953 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60662
Posted above is a hi res pic of the Dissected Bearbrick by Kaws. This new design is slated to be Kaw's next toy release and will be made available through his Original-FakeStore in Japan. The OF Website mentions a release date of 02.28.09. Pricing varies depending on which size you get(see price guide below).
Artist Grimsheep just posted this preview pic of a new series of 3" Dunnies he's working on. Could this be the new Skull Squadron series he was talking about?[details] The only information available so far is, this will be a new blind box series of about 18 Dunnies with a Golden Ticket randomly inserted in the set. Also, each piece will be appropriately priced at $45(I'm not sure if shipping is included or not). For those of you who are interested, Grimsheep is now offering Pre-Orders!!! You can e-mail him at email@example.com for more info.
If you head over to toycyte.com you'll see one of Grimsheep's Customs featured on their custoMonday Giveaway. Check out the contest for details, and you might get lucky enough to own one of Grimsheep's Customs for FREE!!! Good Luck!!!
VIP Memberships are now available for MINDstyle'sArt Toys Society(ATS). There are many perks that go along with this membership such as your very own VIP membership card, access to exclusive toy releases(that includes event, regional and store exclusives) and even discounts on select MINDstyle products. If you sign up now you will also receive a Hazel mini figure in the red colorway as well as Ron English's Abraham Obama Bust(Inaugural version). If you'd like to sign up or find out more about this membership program, you can send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Giant Robot Issue #58 is now available and contains the third paper robot template from Shin Tanaka. In combination with the previous templates found in the prior issues of GR, you can build 3 separate paper robots, or the 4-in-1 mega robot!
To commemorate the completion of the 4-in-1 Robot Paper Toy Project seen in Giant Robot magazine, Scion and Giant Robot are challenging readers to design their own paper figures for a chance to meet the master of paper figures himself and have their paper toy template distributed at the Paper Art Show in April in Los Angeles!" [direct link]
WIN A TRIP TO LOS ANGELES FOR THE INTERACTIVE PAPER ART SHOW AND MEET SHIN TANAKA!!!
Customize the template with your own designs -- draw, paint, use photoshop -- be creative!
Scan or color copy your customized template and save it to upload later.
Construct your figure and take a photo of the completed piece.
Upload your scanned template and image of the completed figure.
Grand Prize includes: A trip to LA to attend the Interactive Paper Art show at the Scion Gallery in Culver City on April 11th; inclusion of the winning entry in the art show, as well as distribution of the template to all attendees; meeting of the Master of Paper Art himself, Shin Tanaka, at the art show; a $500 check and a Giant Robot prize package.
Coming this Friday, February 20th, 2009 at Noon PST, Huck unleashes hisYear of the Ox set. We're revisiting the world of Gold Life for this bull headed, golden armored, hammer wielding, skull crushing beastie: the legendary Minosu Ushi-Oni. According to mythos, he is the sole guardian of the secret mountain retreat of the Glorious Soaring Munks, patrolling the labyrinth-like grounds on his massive golden bull. Few have dared to trespass, and none have walked away with their heads intact... although, if you listen to what some say, Raku has seen the inside of those grounds and lived to tell the tale. Each figure is numbered, signed, and comes with shown accessories. Due to the nature of the materials, some differences should be expected in each figure. 10 figures in this set, $800 per figure. [direct link]
Also this Friday at Noon we are releasing Huck's alternate colorway Dunny Series 5 Golden Ticket artist proofs. As some of you may have heard, due to a factory/warehouse snafu, the original Golden Ticket Dunnys from Series 5 were accidentally shipped out to customers prematurely. To fix this error Kidrobot and Huck ran another colorway of the Golden Ticket Dunny, shown below in all his blurred out Golden glory. Why blurred? Because nobody has seen him yet, and I'm not quite sure when Kidrobot will be shipping these out to Golden Ticket holders. So, just to keep that surprise, somewhat still a surprise for them.... we blurrily present: The Great Glorious Soaring Golden Grandfather Munk! Each figure is signed and numbered, only 25 AP 3" Dunnys in this set, $100 per figure. [direct link]