Designer Toys, Art & Pop Culture

Three Chicago Artists in our June Exhibit

Visitors from Another World Promotional Image
Visitors From Another World
New Works by Three Chicago Artists
Ben Stevens, Tony Rabit and Will Rimel
June 2-July 2, 2017

BYOB Opening Reception, Friday, June 2, 7-10pm

We're kicking off our summer exhibit schedule with something near and dear to us...Chicago artists! We'll be featuring three of them in our newest exhibit opening on Friday, June 2nd. 

Ben Stevens first caught our attention via his eye-catching instagram posts and animations and now we're hooked on his super detailed otherworldly character paintings. Amazing plant, flower and skeletal creatures that somehow manage to be both creepy and adorable...yes, please.

Tony Rabit is a name that's probably a little more familiar to our guests having previously exhibited his amazingly Cute with a capital C works in our gallery twice before! We're excited to have Tony back with a new series of digital works on paper based on imaginary whimsical structures.

Will Rimel is a relatively recent transplant to the Chicago area, but very well known to us as he also serves as the Rotofugi Gallery Assistant. That said, no nepotism here, Will's an amazing sculptor and toy customizer and will surely bring a powerful funky vibe to the exhibit! Check out his super custom Luna in our most recent exhibit to get a feel for his wonderful style. 

Join us for the BYOB opening reception, Friday, June 2, 7-10pm for snacks and music by DJ Sean Doe. All three artists will be in attendance.

Sales for this exhibit begin when we open at 11am on opening day, and via email to our previews list starting at 2pm (central time) that afternoon (sign up here).

The exhibit continues through July 2.


Posted May 26, 2017 by Kirby Kerr 0

May BYOB Drink + Draw

May BYOB Drink + Draw
Thursday, May 18, 7-9pm

Join us and host Mary Ruth Butterworth (@ruthietherobot) for a fun evening of drawing, sketching and doodling whilst enjoying your favorite adult beverages (BYOB). Bring your own art supplies. All skill levels are welcome! FREE!


Posted May 13, 2017 by Kirby Kerr 0

Remodeling / Temporary Closure

Our Chicago store will be temporarily closed for remodeling starting Monday, May 1, 2017.

We’re making some changes to our layout, removing some shelving, and adding some new stuff, including starting work on our new dedicated event space that will be available for private parties, community events and more when we’re finished.

We will re-open on Friday, May 5 at 7pm for the opening reception of new exhibits by Michael Slack and the Luna Custom Show. If we are able to re-open sooner we’ll let you know!

NOTE: WE WILL STILL BE OPEN THIS WEEKEND!

Please come out and check out the final weekend of the Tokidoki pop-up and your chance to enter our Instagram contest to win prizes from Tokidoki and Ju-Ju-Be!

Thanks for your understanding.


Posted Apr 28, 2017 by Kirby Kerr 0

Tokidoki Update plus May Exhibits

I hope everyone is having a wonderful April so far! We've survived the grand opening of our tokidoki pop-up shop this past Saturday, though now we're a little light on inventory. We still have a good amount of stuff, but it's about half of the items we started with!

We'll have restock on more tokidoki goodness, including new summer line releases coming soon – stay tuned to our Facebook or Instagram for updates.

Looking forward, we've got two great exhibits coming up in May...

We're All Weirdos, We're All Wonderful

We're All Weirdos, We're All Wonderful
New Works by Michael Slack
May 5-28, 2017

BYOB Opening Reception, Friday, May 5, 7-10pm
Children's Book Reading and Signing, Saturday, May 6, 1-2:30pm

Artist, illustrator and author Michael Slack will be returning to our space for an exhibit of new works, opening May 5. We're in love with just about everything Michael does, including the super fun character cutouts he's shown us for the upcoming exhibit. In addition to new art, we'll also be holding a children's book reading and signing with Michael on Saturday, May 6 so pack up the tots and come out and have some fun! Michael will be reading from his amazing books Monkey Truck!, Elecopter and Turtle Tug to the Rescue! If you have a toddler who loves animals and general silliness, you can't go wrong with any of these titles...we'll have books on hand to purchase.

Join us for the BYOB opening reception, Friday, May 5, 7-10pm for snacks and music by DJ Sean Doe. The artist will be in attendance.

Luna Custom Exhibit

Luna Custom Group Show
Curated by The Bots x UVD Toys
May 5-28, 2017

BYOB Opening Reception, Friday, May 5, 7-10pm

We're excited to announce that we'll also be hosting a custom toy exhibit featuring the Luna figure by The Bots x UVD Toys, opening May 5. Jenn and Tony Bot have curated an amazing selection of artists who will all be doing their own custom version of The Bots' Luna figure:  64 Colors, Ally Burke, Davemarkart, Doktor A, Dolly Oblong,Horrible Adorables, Igor Ventura, J*RYU, Jeremiah Ketner, Jon-Paul Kaiser, MaP-MaP, MJ Hsu, Obsessed Panda, One-Eyed Girl, Otto Bjornik, rxSEVEN, Scott Tolleson, Tomodochi Island & Will Rimel.

Join us for the BYOB opening reception, Friday, May 5, 7-10pm for snacks and music by DJ Sean Doe. Jenn and Tony Bot will be in attendance. 

As always, you can sign up for previews at http://previews.rotofugi.com, thanks! 

 


Posted Apr 11, 2017 by Kirby Kerr 0

Tokidoki Pop-Up Shop

tokidoki Chicago Pop-up Shop
April 8-30, 2017

Grand Opening Celebration - Saturday, April 8, 11am-3pm
Free Gift Bags for First 50 Customers!*

April brings us another super fun pop-up shop, this time with the awesomely cute and fantastic tokidoki! Stop by the store April 8-30 for a great selection of Tokidoki apparel, toys, bags and accessories plus the chance to win prizes all month long!

*Minimum $25 purchase required for Free Gift Bag.

About tokidoki

Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, tokidoki was founded in 2003 by designer Simone Legno and his partners Pooneh Mohajer and Ivan Arnold. An innovative line of apparel, handbags, cosmetics, accessories and more, tokidoki has built a worldwide following with its larger-than-life characters and designs. The brand’s cult status has fueled high-profile collaborations with Karl Lagerfeld, LeSportsac, Onitsuka Tiger, Marvel, New Era, Hello Kitty, Fujitsu, Levi's, Smashbox cosmetics, Xbox, T-mobile, Fornarina, Skullcandy and Medicom Toy.

©TOKIDOKI, LLC. Designed by Simone Legno

 


Posted Mar 28, 2017 by Kirby Kerr 0
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