Designer Toys, Art & Pop Culture

August/September Exhibit: Vivian Le

Join us in welcoming back Chicago-based artist Vivian Le for her second solo exhibit in our gallery! We couldn't be more excited to share these new works with you.

Her striking imagery, primarily children and dolls, hits hard. Seeking to explore her "fascination with how history and contemporary media continue to portray children in art as romantic symbols," Le creates a world that is fascinating and, at times, horrifying but always beautiful.

Celia
New Works by Vivian Le
August 20-September 11, 2022

Viewing/sales start Saturday, August 20 at 10am in-person at the gallery or sign up at previews.rotofugi.com for first opportunity to purchase online.

Exhibit continues through September 11 at Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago and will be viewable online at gallery.rotofugi.com


Posted Aug 18, 2022 by Kirby Kerr 0

July/August Exhibit: Hori Miso

We are excited to be welcoming back Chicago-based artist Hori Miso for his second solo exhibit in our gallery, opening Saturday, July 23rd!

In 2020, Hori Miso brought us Robots, Samurai and the Inbetween...but he's back for an all new show of original works titled Wabi Sabi! Based on the Japanese concept of finding beauty in imperfection, the new show features 15 new paintings on canvas and paper. Bring a little Wabi Sabi to your home!

Wabi Sabi
New Works by Hori Miso
July 23-August 14, 2022

Join us beginning Saturday, July 23at 10am for in-person viewing or sign up at previews.rotofugi.com for first opportunity to purchase online.

Exhibit continues through August 14 at Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago and will be viewable online at gallery.rotofugi.com

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About the Artist / Artist Statement

“Growing up in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, I have always been drawn to the pulse of the city. My primary focus is wheat-pasting, applying an image, usually on a public space, with homemade paste. I have expanded mediums to canvas work and murals, but I enjoy wheat-pasting the most because of it’s organic, temporal nature. The lifespan of my wheat-pasted pieces is unpredictable…some fade with grace while other are gone too soon, but either way I try to compliment the landscape they call home. Wheat-pasting allows me to put an idea to paper, bring it to life with paint, and share it by choosing just the right location to provide context. The application process allows me to literally get my hands dirty and contribute to the sights and sounds of the city.”

“My self-taught work is influenced by pop culture, hip hop, Tokyo street art and the Japanese aesthetic. While my work can currently be seen around the city of Chicago, I’ve had the opportunity to wheat-paste in some of my favorite spots in Tokyo, leaving behind a little of myself in a place that’s given me so much.“


Posted Jul 12, 2022 by Kirby Kerr 0

Dumpster Friends Forever 2

Sometimes life is just a dumpster fire, but nothing stops you from making that into beautiful art!

We are super excited to announce that we will be hosting a new exhibit featuring 30+ artist-customized versions of the Dumpster Fire figure by 100% Soft, opening on Friday, July 1st. Trash turned to treasure!

Join us 6-8pm on opening day for first chance to purchase custom figures and meet Dumpster Fire creator Truck Torrence, plus a new limited edition variant release of the Dumpster Fire vinyl figure (more on that below)!

100% Soft Presents
Dumpster Friends Forever 2: A Dumpster Fire Customs Show
July 1-31, 2022
Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Opening Reception
Friday, July 1, 6-8pm

View the event on Facebook for a full artist lineup and RSVP for event updates.

This summer is going to be hot…garbage! The trashiest addition to any summer get together, it's the Dumpster Fried Chicken vinyl figure!

This limited edition Dumpster Fire comes with a crispy fried drumstick* embedded in flame and will be available for purchase for $32 during the opening of the Dumpster Friends Forever 2 show at Rotofugi where 100% Soft creator Truck Torrence will abe signing a limited amount. Nobody does trash like DFC!

* Do not eat drumstick, it is not real.

 

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DUMPSTER FRIENDS FOREVER 2 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


• Exhibit viewing will begin on Friday, July 1st when we open at 10am Central Time.

• Sales of exhibit pieces will be available beginning at 6pm Central Time during the opening reception for the exhibit (Friday, July 1st, 6-8pm)

• If you wish to purchase a custom figure, please inquire at the Rotofugi front desk for a line ticket (so you don’t have to stand in a line all day).

• Please form a line (and observe social distancing) outside the Rotofugi front doors beginning at 5:45pm and we will admit the first 40 customers to begin sales at 6:00pm. Tickets will be numbered so please be courteous and stand in order when forming the line. If you have not already acquired a line ticket, please position yourself at the end of the line and we’ll give you a ticket as you enter.

• Custom figures are limited to one per customer on the first pass through the line, but if you wish to make additional purchases please ask at the front desk for a new ticket so you may return to the end of the line.

• There is no official limit on the number of Dumpster Fried Chicken you may purchase, though we reserve the right to limit quantities.

• Dumpster Fried Chicken will be released online at rotofugi.com at 10am Central Time on Saturday, July 2nd.

• Remaining custom figures from the exhibit will go on sale at gallery.rotofugi.com at a later date to be determine
    • Exhibit continues through July 31st, 2022.





      Posted Jun 17, 2022 by Kirby Kerr 0

      June Exhibit: Atomik

      Midwest Style Graffiti

      New Works by ATOMIK
      June 18-July 10, 2022

      Get ready for some fresh squeezed awesomeness from legendary Miami-based writer ATOMIK who rolls through with some Midwest Style Graffiti for a new show in our gallery this month!

      Join us beginning Saturday, June 18 at 10am for in-person viewing or sign up at previews.rotofugi.com for first opportunity to purchase online (in this case it will likely be after the opening date, though we'll be shooting to have it ready ASAP).

      Exhibit continues through July 10 at Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago and will be viewable online at gallery.rotofugi.com

      About the Artist

      Atomik is a 100 percent Miami artist. Atomik, trained in graphic design, is a big name in the Miami art scene. The graffiti legend, part of the infamous MSG crew, a group of local graffiti heroes, has been painting the city for quite some time.

      While growing up in the emerging Miami graffiti scene of the 80’s, Atomik witnessed for himself at a young age what would later become his profession. Famous for his iconic orange character which emerged as a response to the demolition of the Miami Orange Bowl, the artist also marks the walls of Miami with his sleek hand-styles, graffiti and lettering.

      While painting for almost 20 years, Atomik’s playful characters and hand styles have become as much a symbol of Miami as palm trees or neon lights. His unmistakable orange character has been placed all over the world bringing a piece of Miami to places such as Chile, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Holland, Germany, Italy, Spain, England, Australia, Korea, and Thailand.

      His studio pieces on media ranging from canvas to paper as well as found objects like street signs, directly reflect his street work and usually feature his ubiquitous orange character. Atomik currently lives and works in Miami.


      Posted Jun 17, 2022 by Kirby Kerr 0

      Blake Jones Toy Release & Signing

      We are super excited to announce we'll be having an exclusive toy release and signing with Chicago-based artist Blake Jones on Sunday, June 5, beginning at 2pm!

      We will have a Rotofugi Exclusive version of Blake's debut vinyl figure, Buny, produced by UVD Toys. A limited edition of just 75 figures, the "I Don't Get It" Edition of Buny is just as confused as you are about the state of the world right now.

      Standing six inches tall, Buny will be available for $80. In addition, we will have an exclusive matching print by Blake available to purchase.

      Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
      Sunday, June 5, starting at 2pm

      Online release of any remaining figures will be on rotofugi.com at 6:30pm Central on June 5.


      About the Artist

      Blake Jones is a Chicago based artist. Blake’s use of graphic line work and bright color palettes illustrates narratives of complex worlds inhabited by his own iconic characters, objects, and landscapes. Blake’s work has been exhibited in multiple mediums and forms such as print, paintings, gallery exhibitions, sculptures, and murals.


      Posted May 28, 2022 by Kirby Kerr 0
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