Designer Toys, Art & Pop Culture

Late October/Early November Special Events

Just in time for Halloween, we’re bringing you a one day pop-up shop filled with the gnarliest, spookiest art we could find!

We’re psyched to be hosting this special pop-up shop and exhibit featuring the works of Ghostfreehood, aka Baltimore-based artist Nick DiFabbio of! Join us 11am-7pm, on Saturday, October 29 to grab some awesome art, pins, prints and more!

One day only, mark your calendars now!


Mitch O’Connell, “The Prince of Pop Art,” is back with a second volume of the most acclaimed collections of sexy, salacious and stunning tattoo flash ever published! Jam-packed with an ALL NEW selection of Perky Pin-Ups, Adorable Angels, Dastardly Devils, Wicked Wolves, Sinister Skulls and much more!

Join us the evening of Wednesday, November 2, 6-9pm for a signing with Mitch, along with graphic designer Joseph Allen Black, and get a copy of his new book for just $14.95…PLUS we’ve arranged for Chicago’s Revolution Tattoo to be at the gallery during the signing, tattooing a selection of works from Mitch’s new book for just $100 each! Limited tattoo time slots will be available, arrive early to guarantee a spot!

Mitch O’Connell Tattoos, Volume 2 is published by Last Gasp Publishing.

Posted Oct 18, 2016 by Kirby Kerr 0

October Exhibits: Travis Lampe, Netherland and Charlie Megna

We're excited to be welcoming back two artists to our main gallery space in October that we have a long history with, along with a side gallery exhibit by a new artist that we're equally excited to share with you. The opening reception for all three exhibits is Friday, October 14, 7-10pm. Join us for sweet treats, music by DJ Sean Doe and a chance to talk to all three artists about their works. 

Travis Lampe

A Thinly Veiled Cry for Help
New Works by Travis Lampe
October 14-November 6, 2016

Up first, Travis Lampe returns to the main gallery with his first exhibit since 2013's "Cult of Chauncy." The Chicago-based artist always finds a way to explore emotional depths, sadness and general absurdity in a way that leaves the viewer wondering if it's all serious, or just simply funny. Knowing Travis, it's probably a little bit of both. His unmistakable style, heavily influenced by early animation, is one of our favorites and we're excited to be showing his new works.

New Works by Netherland
October 14-November 6, 2016

Joining Travis in the main gallery is another artist we've shown multiple times in the past, collage artist Netherland. His muted rainbow-tinged compositions of vintage 60s and 70s families that have their heads replaced with stereos and cameras might be a commentary on the ability of technology to transform our lives, or perhaps they're a nostalgic look back...or maybe they're just great images. 

New Works by Charlie Megna
October 14-November 6, 2016

Finally, we're happy to bring you the works of one more Chicago-based artist in the side gallery in October, Charlie Megna. Charlie's self-described "satirical, subversive social commentary" is both loose and fun, but also highly detailed and meticulous at the same time. Referencing skate culture, rock n' roll and a decidedly tribalistic atmosphere, Charlie's works definitely invite further inspection and introspection.


Posted Oct 03, 2016 by Kirby Kerr 0

Superstition by Chris Arnold

New Works by Chris Arnold
In the Rotofugi Main Gallery
September 16-October 9, 2016

We're super excited to be presenting a new series of works by Chicago-based artist Chris Arnold. Here's what Chris has to say about the exhibit:

Superstition is a collection of ink-based illustrations that reflect a curiosity for the supernatural, astrological and prophetic. Specifically I wanted to learn more about the signs and symbols associated with fortune telling and reading the future. Through this investigation I seek to visually reveal some of the secrets of the Zodiac, Tarot and Religion through a playful series of new artworks.

Join us for the opening reception on the evening of Friday, September 16, 7-10pm and you'll have a chance to chat with Chris who will be in attendance, plus we'll have snacks and beverages, not to mention awesome music courtesy of DJ Sean Doe.

In addition to our usual opening reception snacks, etc. we'll also have FREE Tarot Readings by Psychic Alex during the opening, 7-9pm!

About the Artist

Chris Arnold (b. 1977) earned a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Missouri–Columbia and an MFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Since the late 1990’s, his award-winning artwork and commercial illustration has been exhibited worldwide, with featured shows in Asia, Europe and North America. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Illinois Institute of Art–Chicago and is currently an Assistant Professor at Columbia College. He lives in Chicago with his fiancé Linda.

Exhibit continues through October 9, 2016.

Posted Sep 05, 2016 by Kirby Kerr 0

New Friends by Mary Ruth Butterworth

New Friends!
New Works by Mary Ruth Butterworth
In the Rotofugi Side Gallery
September 16-October 9, 2016

It's not often that we get to exhibit artwork from someone we know so well, but in this case not only is Mary an awesome artist, but she's also a staff member here at Rotofugi, curating our handmade goods section in the store and teaching our Munny painting classes among other things.

Mary's works convey imaginary worlds full of color, fun creatures and interesting characters. Bright and poppy are the words that come to mind...we're certain that collectors will find something cheerful to brighten up any decor in Mary's new exhibit, which will also include a resin figure release.

Join us for the opening reception on the evening of Friday, September 16, 7-10pm and you'll have a chance to chat with Mary who will be in attendance, plus we'll have snacks and beverages, not to mention awesome music courtesy of DJ Sean Doe.

Exhibit continues through October 9, 2016.

Posted Sep 05, 2016 by Kirby Kerr 0

Coarse Exhibit Opening Saturday, August 13

coarse - Cold Ways: Nights That Haunt the Past

We are excited to once again be collaborating with our friends Mark and Sven (and the entire coarse team) to bring you a new exhibit of their sculptures.

Join us the evening of Saturday, August 13, 7-10pm for the opening of Cold Ways: Nights That Haunt the Past, sculptures by Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk (coarse).

Line tickets will be available to pickup at the gallery, 2780 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, starting at 11am on Saturday, and will be used to determine purchase order beginning at 7pm.

In addition to new original sculptures, Mark and Sven will be debuting two exclusive figures, an illustrated book and two new art prints. 

All releases will be available first to attendees of the opening reception. Online release will happen in the week after the opening and further details will be posted in advance, thank you for your patience.

The exhibit continues through September 11, 2016.

About the Artists

Work in the coarse world began in 2003, when German artists Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk began developing their unique style of sculpting, which creates the illusion that they have chiseled and exposed their sculptures from three-dimensional rock.

While the underlying stories of the individual pieces vary and express themes of denial, betrayal and lies, the sculptures aim to make an impression on multiple levels. While often looking cute at first glance, a distinct silence, sadness and loneliness simultaneously convey an alternate effect. These subtle and almost shy undertones expose our souls’ vulnerability, which we so often try to conceal.

Within the last 10 years the artists have evolved, gaining international recognition and collectors all over the world. The artists focus primarily on statues that range from small to life-size and are made from resin and/or fiberglass. They are finished as single pieces or in small limitation runs and are entirely crafted by the artists themselves.

After the initial conceptual phase the artists go directly into the sculpting process. Depending on the complexity of the piece it can take months until the shape is finalized. This is followed by mould-making, casting, sanding, detailing and painting in the artists' studios. Mark Landwehr about his work for coarse: “We pay highest attention to every detail of our work in order to avoid distracting the viewer. This way people can dive into an almost surreal scenery and sense the underlying pain, sadness and loneliness of our creations. We want to create a second reality.”

Selected sculptures frequently become limited-run vinyl figure releases. Under the brand “coarse” the sculptures get distributed worldwide in award-winning packages always designed by the artists themselves.

This is the fifth coarse exhibit at Rotofugi Gallery.

Posted Aug 10, 2016 by Kirby Kerr 1
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