Designer Toys, Art & Pop Culture

October Exhibit: Cherry Moth Cake

The New Breed
New Works by Cherry Moth Cake

October 5-27, 2019

BYOB Opening Reception & Pop-Up Shop
Saturday, October 5, 7-10pm

Our good friends at Cherry Moth Cake (aka Nick and Lindsay DiFabbio) are back with another mind-bending exhibit!

The New Breed continues and expands upon the story of the Ghost Catcher, first told in their exhibit from October 2018. We’ll have new paintings, pins, zines, toys and more plus the launch of the new online web comic from Cherry Moth Cake, Aqueous Meditation!

Join us for the opening reception and pop-up shop on Saturday, October 5, 7-10pm to check out the new works and enjoy music by DJ Sean Doe plus complimentary snacks and soft drinks (BYOB if you want to have alcohol). Nick and Lindsay will be in attendance.

For BYOB, we are steps away from Beermiscuous, one of Chicago's best craft beer shops — 350 cold beers and ciders (over 200 local beers!) are available in a singles format, allowing you to create your own mix-and-match variety pack for the event!

Exhibit continues through October 27, 2019.

Sales/Preview Note: There will not be an online preview for this exhibit, and in-store sales will start promptly at 7pm on the 5th. Line tickets that will set purchase order will be available at the store when we open at 10am on October 5 (no one likes having to stand in a line all day, after all). Any unsold works will be made available on our gallery website in the week following the opening — sign up for our Gallery Previews email list at http://previews.rotofugi.com to receive notice when online sales are available. Thank you!


Posted Sep 16, 2019 by Kirby Kerr 0

September Exhibit: James 'Jimbot' Demski

Hullaballoo
New Works by James ‘Jimbot’ Demski
September 7-29, 2019

BYOB Opening Reception
Saturday, September 7, 7-10pm

September brings the return of own of our favorite artists for his fifth solo exhibit in our gallery!

James Demski is a Milwaukee-based artist also known by the moniker “Jimbot.” His art takes you into other worlds where the unusual can happen, beauty is around us, and your daydreams can become a reality. What exactly is happening is often left up to the viewer’s interpretations and how they view the clues left behind by the artist.  He creates these worlds to escape to, and for the viewers to enjoy. James uses acrylic paint, dry transfer letters, pencil and ink to convey his thoughts, and wants the viewer to enjoy them as much as he enjoyed painting them.

In other words, get ready for more awesome blending of nature, animals and....robots!

Join us the evening of Saturday, Sepmber 7, 7-10pm for the opening reception of “Hullaballo.” We'll have music by DJ Sean Doe, plus complimentary snacks and soft drinks...and if you'd like to BYOB, we're just across the street from the wonderful Beermiscous!

Jimbot will be in attendance at the opening reception so stop by, check out the art and say hi!

Exhibit continues through September 29, 2019.

Sign up for our gallery previews email list at http://previews.rotofugi.com for first notification when artwork is available online.


Posted Aug 20, 2019 by Kirby Kerr 0

August Exhibit: Hebru Brantley

NO ID
Hand-Embellished Prints by Hebru Brantley
August 3-September 1, 2019

BYOB Opening Reception
August 3, 7-10pm

For August we’re honored to be hosting a special exhibit with Chicago hometown art hero Hebru Brantley! For this exhibit Hebru has hand-embellished a limited number of prints from both archived and new editions. We will have one hand-embellished framed copy of each print only, so don't sleep on this opportunity to score a unique item for your collection!

Join us for the opening reception Saturday, August 3, 7-10pm for complimentary snacks and soft drinks, plus music by the always amazing DJ Sean Doe! Please note: the artist will not be attending the opening reception, but come on out anyway and support local art and artists!

For this exhibit there will be no preview sales. First availability will be for attendees of the opening reception. Online sales will be available first to members of our preview list, after the opening. Sign up at previews.rotofugi.com

About the artist:

Hebru Brantley creates narrative driven work revolving around his conceptualized iconic characters. Brantley utilizes these iconic characters to address complex ideas around nostalgia, the mental psyche, power and hope. The color palettes, pop-art motifs and characters themselves create accessibility around Brantley’s layered and multifaceted ideas. Majorly influenced by the South Side of Chicago’s Afro Cobra movement in the 1960s and 70s, Brantley uses the lineage of mural and graffiti work as a frame to explore his inquiries. Brantley applies a plethora of mediums from oil, acrylic, watercolor and spray paint to non-traditional mediums such as coffee and tea. Brantley’s work challenges the traditional view of the hero or protagonist. His work insists on a contemporary and distinct narrative that shapes and impacts the viewer’s gaze. Recognized nationally for public works and solo shows in Chicago, Hebru Brantley has exhibited in London, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles and New York including Art Basel Switzerland, Art Basel Miami, Scope NYC and Frieze London. Brantley has been recognized in publications including the Chicago Tribune, Complex Magazine and NY Post. His work has been collected by Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, The Pritzker Family and power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce. Brantley has collaborated with brands like Nike, Hublot and Adidas. Brantley earned a B.A. in Film from Clark Atlanta University, and has a background in design and Media Illustration.


Posted Jul 24, 2019 by Kirby Kerr 2

July Exhibit: Heroes & Villains

Heroes & Villains
New Works by Chris Arnold, Eli Libson & CHema Skandal!
July 6-28, 2019

BYOB Opening Reception
Saturday, July 6, 7-10pm

For our July exhibit we’ve invited three artists, each with their own distinct style, to interpret two of the most basic archetypes: the hero and the villain.

Chicago-based artist Chris Arnold has a very distinctive black & white illustrative style packed with detail that we just love. 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, including a great exhibit at our own gallery in 2016. 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.

Eli Libson is a Minnesota-based painter, sculptor and CG artist with the heart of a kid. His art is born from his love of cartoons and fantasy movies, and his purpose hasn’t changed since age 4, and that is to take us on a magical ride by creating unique and beautiful worlds. For this exhibit he has explored pop culture icons and re-imagined them as mechanical robots — the heroes and villains of the artificial intelligence enchanced future!

CHema Skandal! is a graphic artist from México City that has called Chicago home since 2011. An enthusiast of popular graphics and traditional printing techniques, his work reflects parallel universes, polysemic and is often inspired by popular culture ( mostly music and cartoons ) as well as social issues. His work is 99% hand-made and has been featured in a wide range of mediums from fanzines, newspapers, magazines and from gig posters to illustration catalogues and fine art exhibitions all around the globe. For “Heroes & Villains” he presents all new work containing what we could see as good or evil characters, some that could inhabit an imaginary universe but that are definitely based out of our raw, amazing reality.

Join us the evening of Saturday, July 6, 7-10pm for the opening reception of “Heroes & Villains.” We'll have music by DJ Sean Doe, plus complimentary snacks and soft drinks...and if you'd like to BYOB, we're just across the street from the wonderful Beermiscous!

All three artists will be in attendance at the opening reception so please do stop by and say hello.

Exhibit continues through July 28, 2019.

Sign up for our gallery previews email list at http://previews.rotofugi.com for first notification when artwork is available online.


Posted Jun 27, 2019 by Kirby Kerr 0

June Exhibit: Ennis Martin

Oddities of the Multiverse
New Works by Ennis Martin
June 1-30, 2019

BYOB Opening Reception
Saturday, June 1, 7-10pm

We get excited about all of our exhibits because, well, we only book things we love, but we're especially looking forward to our June exhibit. Chicago born and raised, Ennis Martin is a bit of a renaissance man — counting artist, teacher and b-boy among his titles. What we're most interested in, of course, is his amazing art!

Join us the evening of Saturday, June 1, 7-10pm for the opening reception of "Oddities of the Multiverse," where Ennis will be unveiling 20+ new works. We'll also have music by DJ Sean Doe, plus complimentary snacks and soft drinks...and if you'd like to BYOB, we're just across the street from the wonderful Beermiscous!

Ennis will be in attendance at the opening reception so please do stop by and say hello.

Exhibit continues through June 30, 2019.

Sign up for our gallery previews email list at http://previews.rotofugi.com for first notification when artwork is available online.


Posted May 22, 2019 by Kirby Kerr 0
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