GREETINGS FROM NEAR AND AFAR Complete details @ rotofugi.com
The "Near" in the title refers to Michigan-based artist duo Eric and Laura, aka 64 Colors. They're not only the creators of our Marshall series of toys, but also extremely talented artists. Expect beautiful otherworldly paintings, retro style prints, fantastic custom toys (Munnys, Dunnys and Marshalls) plus a fantastic series of hand-sculpted one-of-a-kind paper clay figures. Really, really amazing what these two can do!
The "Afar" in the title refers to another one of our artist friends....Chema Skandal. Chema is based in Mexico City though we first met him at San Diego Comic Con last year. We were immediately impressed by his highly-stylized retro style when he handed us a card. We didn't waste much time in trying to get a show on the calendar with this talented emerging artist. Chema has turned in a great body of playful mixed media pieces on both wood and paper, all very reasonably priced!
Opening night is Friday, August 7 from 7pm until 10pm. Eric and Laura will be attending the opening so be sure to bring your sketch book! Unfortunately Chema couldn't make it, but don't let that stop you from coming out to see his fantastic art! Snacks, sodas and music by DJ Qbot make the evening complete.
If you're out of town or just want a sneak peek and first shot at picking up a piece be sure you're on the Gallery Preview List!
This is one seriously impressive chunk of vinyl...get one while they last. Click HERE to be taken to our online store where we've got a bunch more photos! It's a limited edition of just 50 pieces in this chocolately bronze-tastic color so don't sleep.
“Faces of Life” is a solo exhibition by El Mac, a graffiti mural artist from Los Angeles.
Since beginning to paint graffiti in the mid-90s as “The Mac,” El Mac’s murals have become recognized landmarks in cities across the globe. These pieces, often photorealistic depictions of everyday people and ethereal women, utilize distinctive brushwork that focus on the human face and form. His artwork combines classic art themes and techniques with inspiration from Mexican and Chicano culture of the Southwest, pin up art, religious imagery, and street graffiti. El Mac perceives his own work as “the result of a life devoted to art.”
Opening Reception: August 6, 2009 7-9:30 p.m.(PST) Exhibit Dates: August 6, 2009 - August 27, 2009
El Mac was born in Los Angeles to an engineer and an artist, independently studying art since his childhood. He has taken the last few years to focus on creating murals, canvases, stained glass, and continuing to evolve his celebrated brushwork technique. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
“You Don’t Have To Lie To Kick It” is a collection of works that tackles themes such as the recession and it’s impact on young families, youth and street dialogue, as well as love within the urban community. Martinez hopes these works will challenge equality issues in the streets of Los Angeles – particularly focusing on the relationship between authority and the masses. He hopes to shed new light on these familiar cultural controversies, utilizing a balance of street and classical aesthetic forms and mediums.
You Don’t Have To Lie To Kick It features new works and an installation on display at FIFTY24LA Galleryfrom Sept 10 – Nov 5, 2009.
Patrick Martinez earned a BFA from Art Center College of Design with honors in 2005 and a Masters in art hustle from the streets of Los Angeles. His work has been shown in many galleries across the United States and has been featured in art publications such as Mynameis? and Juxtapoz. Martinez works as a fine artist and art director for SA Studios tackling projects that range from movie posters to creating original art for specific clients. He has also created original content for clients such as: Frank 151, Flaunt Magazine, adidas, Nike, Upper Playground, Stussy, Rime, SA Studios and Undefeated. www.patrickmartinez.com
The 7" "Keeper of Vision", 4" Sweet Tooth, 4" Pink Bat, and the 4" "Greed" Munny Grubber giveaway. These are all part of my continuing "Things that Whisper" series that are the thoughts and ideas that I get before I create. Most of these carry a part or story that’s happened in my life. The "Greed" munny will be given away opening night, and I will also be giving away a 3" dunny from my new series I am currently working on, tba.
Get schooled in the art of Munny customizing by a select handful of artists from around the country. We invite you to experience the vinyl toy scene as well as some AMAZING customs for yourself. [More Info]
San Francisco, CA – Bay Area art purveyors Upper Playground and Fecal Face have gotten together to offer art lovers the trip of a lifetime to San Francisco. One lucky winner and their guest will have the chance to visit San Francisco, have dinner with artist Jeremy Fish and get a personal tour of the city with the founders of Fecal Face - all while staying at Upper Playground’s FIFTY24SF Artist Studios.
Round trip to SFO for winner +1
5 night stay at Upper Playground’s FIFTY24SF Artist Studios
Dinner and a historic Barbary Coast mini tour with Jeremy Fish
Meet artist Mel Kadel at her show opening on 9.10 at Fecal Face’s Dot Gallery
Personal tour of San Francisco with Fecal Face founders, John and Jessica Trippe
"I try to do something that could potentially make people think a little bit more, at least about themselves or their perception on the world or their surroundings or what they’re doing. Hopefully people will open up a little more." -Dave Kinsey
Whether found on the street or a gallery, Dave Kinsey's pieces serve as “communication as art.” Inspired by city life, his illustrated urban dwellers encourage viewers to rethink their surroundings and their own interactions with the urban environment. As the founder of BLK/MRKT Gallery, he remains heavily involved with, and influential, in the contemporary art scene. Dave Kinsey has been included in exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. Watch the interview from “Dithers,” available for the first time to the public for free, on Walrus TV.