Posts Tagged ‘Rotofugi’

Wowzers! Imagine my joy when I heard there would be a coarse pop up show during sdcc, which I was already going to be at! I went to their signing on thurs and got a sweet sketch from Sven. Didn’t really know what to expect from the show…. Got there super early and waited in line for a few hours. My fellow n3rdlink brother who was supposed to let me know when he headed over did me dirty and disappeared…. Turns out he went to the show and was in line way ahead of me (with friends like these…). At any rate the line was fun as usual and the show was GREAT. New coloways, and all of the og pieces were 1/1. Made me wish that I had a few extra bucks stashed away to buy some of the coarse originals that were available. At any rate…. Here are the pics. Enjoy

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Although we weren’t able to personally make it out to Rotofugi to attend the Squadt Assembly installation, we were fortunate to have some friends there who were able to snap us some pics. For those who aren’t familiar with the show, it’s arguably one of the coolest shows I’ve ever heard of. The idea is this: Ferg has made his iconic Squadt figure available in an array of body types, and a multitude of clothing and weapon choices. This is basically like build a bear….but infinitely more bad-ass.
Collect and Destroy (CAD) members and Squadt enthusiasts were lined up as early as 2am to receive a line ticket at 11am and insure that all of their desired options would still be available. These folks were in for a treat, because in addition to being able to buy the gallery exclusive Glow in the Dark Orange Body, and an additional build, there were 12 “Built by Ferg” pieces that were also available. Thanks to our buddies CAD buddies GregM, MikeyK, and LonerStoner for shooting us some snaps of the Built by Ferg Pieces shown below. I’m still kicking myself that I couldn’t make it to the opening cause it looks like it was a BLAST!!!

For those who are in or near Chicago, the show is up until April 28th if you would like to go check it out.

you can hit Roto @rotofugi and Ferg @fergbag

Details on how to enter the lottery to buy the exclusive figure (Dark Sorrows Resin) from the Coarse show Souls Gone Mad, which opened this past weekend at Rotofugi have just been announced. Details can be found here.

Good Luck!

The show, “Souls Gone Mad” opened at Rotofugi this past weekend to a big crowd, with amazing artwork from the Coarse duo Mark and Sven.

N3rd Link members John and Mawuli were on hand for the opening reception and here are our experiences at the exhibit.

Mark, Sven and Kirby (the owner of Rotofugi) spent up to the last minute of the opening setting up the exhibit.  But that did not stop them from having the show start right at 7pm on Saturday.

If you haven’t been to the new Rotofugi store it’s a great place for an exhibit.  One portion of the shop is dedicated for art shows and the other is the premier destination for vinyl toy collectors (Rotofugi has been voted Best Toy store at the DTA’s 2 years straight.)

Once the show opened it was a dash to grab a price list and then find the corresponding piece that matched it.  There were fiberglass pieces, sculpted resin and photographs available for purchase.  Overall I felt that the prices for originals was very reasonable.  The majority of the art work was less than $3k including one offs and editions of 3.  Of course Rotofugi had a show exclusive resin piece entitled Dark Sorrows.  If you saw the promo photos you already know what it looks like.  The figure is limited to 100 pieces and retails for $680 and has an estimated delivery date of Feb-Mar 2013.

For those that don’t have the cash for an OG or the exclusive figure there was a  lithograph of Dark Sorrow for $20 and a lithograph poster set ($48) which may look familiar to Coarse fans.

There were also some freebie show cards and sticker set as well as coins specifically minted for the “Soul Shaker” pony style ride.

Mark and Sven did a signing for all attendees.  I had them sign my poster set and Mawuli had the back of his iPhone sketched on.

Probably the coolest experience at the show happened right before the gallery closed.  With the gallery pretty much empty we were able to walk around with Sven and he answered our questions about future releases and inspiration behind some of the show pieces.  Here are some of notes I took:

  1. Coarse x ThreeA collab;  Supposedly the figure is completed but still needs to be painted and approved by ThreeA.  Mark has not had time to give it the attention it needs.  So it looks like the ball is in Coarse’s court but I wouldn’t hold your breath that it will be released anytime soon.
  2. About Ruth;  Ruth is Coarse’s first female figure they created.  There has been speculation why there hasn’t been a female figure up until now, but Mark mentioned that the story and scope of this show allowed them to incorporate a female character.
  3. The Void;  This is a character that is looking for an identity.  This is why he is always wearing or carrying around masks with him.
  4. Dark Sorrows exclusive piece;  The mask doesn’t come off is made of resin and limited to 100 pieces.
  5. Locks; It appears Coarse is working on a production piece of this character, so there is a good chance that we will see one sooner rather than later.
  6. Soul Shaker;  The inspiration for this piece comes from the mythology of the term Nightmare.  A “mara” or “mare” is a demon that can be known to ride horses and way back when, dreamers described the feeling of something riding or putting pressure on their chests while they sleep which causes bad dreams…Look it up if you want lol.

Overall the show was awesome.  Got to meet some really cool people from the Kidrobot boards.  Was able to talk with Sven and Mark who were really great to talk with.  As always Kirby is a great host and did a great job setting this all up.

If you are in the Chicago area go check this show out!! It runs through December 2.

That’s all for now.  Feel free to look through some of our pictures.

Luke Chueh will be having a solo show at Rotofugi from 9/7/2012 to 9/30/2012. Luke will be in attendance at the show opening, so its definitely worth stopping by if you are in the area.

A little about Luke for those that have been living under a rock:

In 2003, Chueh moved to Los Angeles to further pursue a career in design. However, a lack of employment opportunities left him resorting to painting as a way to keep busy (a hobby he picked up while attending Cal Poly). He got his start when the Los Angeles underground art show, Cannibal Flower, invited him to show at their monthly events. Since then Chueh has quickly worked his way up the ranks of the LA art scene, establishing himself as an artist not to be ignored. Employing minimal color schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy. Chueh’s work has been featured in galleries around the world, and some of his paintings have also been reinterpreted into vinyl toys.

Luke has already teased some stuff via his twitter and tumblr, which can be seen in the gallery below. I especially enjoy these pics, since he posted a lot of WIP shots also.

Ways to keep in contact with Luke:

website: http://lukechueh.com/

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lukechuehart

twitter: @lukechueh

tumblr: http://lukechueh.tumblr.com/

Our good Friend J*Ryu will be presenting a series of new works at his “The Ghost Of You Haunted Me” show at Rotofugi. The show runs from 9/7/2012 to 9/30/2012, and J*Ryu will be in attendance during the show opening.

In addition to the show pieces, J*Ryu will debut his open edition Fall Sapling piece. 10 will be available at the show for $80.

In case you don’t already know – Who is J*Ryu?

J★RYU, AKA the Purdy Supremacy, is an east coast-based designer/sculptor/artist focused primarily on exploring the themes of life and death and more intriguingly, what lies beyond. Primarily recognized for his signature Forest of Sorrows series, with its emotive, eerie and ghostly themes, J★RYU has garnered an avid following of fans who eagerly look forward to seeing each subsequent new piece and how the accompanying narratives add to the ongoing story

You can gain a more personal look inside the man’s thoughts by listening to our Int3rview with him on our podcasts:

Part 1:

Part 2 :

Part 3 :

Other Ways to connect with J*Ryu:

website:    http://www.designpimps.com/
flickr:         http://www.flickr.com/photos/jryu/
twitter:     @JRYU
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IAMJRYU

Army of Snipers: armyofsnipers.com

(pics from Circus Posterus forum)

This is going to be a packed weekend with what must be a record number of shows spanning from the east to the west coast of the U.S. In alphabetical order they are:

Amanda Louise Spayd – “Origins of the Forest”  at My Plastic Heart in NY

opening reception 9/7 – Artist will be in attendance

 

J*RYU – “The Ghost Of You Haunted Me” at Rotofugi in Chicago

opening reception 9/7 – Artist will be in attendance

 

Luke Chueh -” I Am Your Plaything” at Rotofugi in Chicago

opening reception 9/7 – Artist will be in attendance

 

Southerndrawl x Chauskoskis – “Bestias Y Rarezas” (Beasts and Oddities) at Dragatomi in CA

opening reception 9/8 – Artists will be in attendance

more details and pics on each show to follow, so stay tuned!

-Mawuli