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Cold Ways Lottery Followup

If you had in entry in the lottery to purchase items from the coarse cold ways exhibition check your emails now....we've just finished sending out notifications to everyone who was chosen at random.
I'm sorry, we will not be emailing everyone who entered, only those who were chosen.
If anyone is interested in how we do lottery drawings….every entry is assigned a number based on when you completed your entry form, and we use to generate a random number sequence equal to the number of entries - selecting the first X number of entries based upon the amount of a given item that is available to sell. 
For example, we had 225 entries that expressed an interest in purchasing the cold ways collection…and we had 17 sets available to sell. Each entry was assigned a number between 1 and 225, and then using the Sequence Generator at we generated a random order of those numbers, and the first 17 entrants were chosen.
Thank you and I sincerely hope luck was on your side!

Posted Aug 22, 2016 by Kirby Kerr 0

Cancan - Ignited Release

coarse cancan ignited

Rest easy, cancan – ignited is here to protect you in the night. 

Standing almost 10’’ tall, cancan – ignited comes in tones of tropical pink and glow-in-the-dark ivy. He will look out for you while you sleep, as his watchful eyes stay open and his talons remain clenched, ready to pounce at anything that gets in his way.

cancan – ignited will fly safely to your door in a color-printed gift box and embedded in black sponge. If those long nights make him nostalgic for home, take him to the nearest garden and let him imagine he hears the voices of other cancans.

cancan - ignited will be available to order at both and on August 22, 2016 at 10:59 am CDT for $149 (it is eligible for free shipping within the US if ordered from

If you are located outside the United States, it may be best for you to order from coarse directly as pieces ordered directly from coarse will ship from Hong Kong and include free global shipping.

Please Note:

We have some stock of the cancan - ignited on hand in Chicago that was shipped in for the opening of coarse’s cold ways exhibit in our gallery, and we will be selling additional pieces as a pre-order, so you will find two items for this release on our online store. If the “in stock” item is showing as sold out and you order as a pre-order, we anticipate receiving the additional stock in mid- to late- September, if not sooner.  See the listings on our website here.

Thanks and let us know if you have any questions!

Posted Aug 19, 2016 by Kirby Kerr 0

Coarse Cold Ways Lottery Details

Now through Sunday, August 21 we will be accepting lottery entries for the chance to purchase the remaining coarse cold ways exhibit releases.*

Here are the items that are available via the lottery:

cold ways collection

Glow in the dark vinyl Do Not Disturb packaged in a laser etched wooden crate with a copy of the cold ways book, plus one each of the serigraphs shown below (don't look down and this is not the ocean). Serigraphs are 24 x 35 inches each and come as a numbered pair in a laser etched and numbered tube to match the numbering on the wooden crate. 50 sets in the edition. $400 plus shipping.


this is not the ocean

Five color serigraph (screen print) on French Paper Company Smart White 110# Cover. Paper size is 35 x 24 inches. Signed and numbered by coarse artist Sven Waschk. Edition of 100. Ships in a heavy duty Yazoo Mills tube. $50 plus shipping. 


don't look down

Five color serigraph (screen print) on French Paper Company Smart White 110# Cover. Paper size is 35 x 24 inches. Signed and numbered by coarse artist Sven Waschk. Edition of 100. Ships in a heavy duty Yazoo Mills tube. $50 plus shipping. 


cold ways book

72 page hardcover illustrated book. Text by Andrew Greenberg and illustrations by Sven Waschk. Open edition. $35.

Note: We are only selling the copies we have on hand that were shipped in specially for the exhibit...there will be a future wider release of this book.


cold ways exhibition poster

18 x 24 inch lithograph on heavy stock featuring crunch from the cold ways exhibition. Photograph by Mark Landwehr. This poster is not signed or numbered. $8 each plus shipping.

Enter the Lottery

* Note: cancan - ignited will be released separately via and on Monday, August 22 at 10:59am CDT.

Posted Aug 17, 2016 by Kirby Kerr 0

Coarse Exhibit Update and Release/Lottery Details

It’s always a pleasure to work with our friends Mark and Sven (coarse) and the last few days have been no exception. They delivered to us an amazing exhibit full of new works and we’re happy to report that the opening reception for cold ways: nights that haunt the past held this past Saturday evening was a blast.

There are several elements to the cold ways exhibit….original resin and wood sculptures, two serigraphs (screen prints), a vinyl figure release (cancan - ignited), an illustrated book, and last but not least, the cold ways collection, a set containing a limited edition glow in the dark Do Not Disturb in a numbered wooden box - along with a copy of the new book and the two serigraphs.

Here’s how online sales will be happening over the coming days….

We are currently working on photos for the online gallery of the coarse originals. The listings should be live on by the end of the week, if not sooner. If you are interested in possibly purchasing an original, please email and we can provide access to a preliminary sales listing…serious inquiries only please.

The cancan - ignited will be sold via our online store, as well as on the store, on Monday, August 22, beginning at 10:59am Central Time.

The remaining inventory of the cold ways collection, the new book and the two serigraphs will be available to purchase in person only at the gallery through 7pm on Tuesday, August 16.  After the close of business on Tuesday, we will reserve remaining stock to be made available for purchase via lottery -- with lottery entry details to be posted to our website no later than Wednesday (as soon as photography is completed).

Thanks for your patience.

Kirby, Whitney and the Rotofugi Crew

Posted Aug 15, 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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