Designer Toys, Art & Pop Culture

Special Exhibit: A Walk Down Owlberry Lane

Won't you please join us for a stroll down to the fantastic world of Owlberry Lane?

We are excited to host a collection of new works by Owlberry Lane (Heather Hyatt), beginning Saturday, October 1st! We've had our eye on Heather's beautiful works for the last couple years and can't wait to share her fantastic creations with you!

Owlberry Lane is an old, moss-covered cobblestone street deep in the emerald forest. It is said that once an ancient tribe of elflings lived there, but it has been long since abandoned. Currently, it is home to the Owlberries, Baby Chonk, and many other (mostly) friendly monster creatures that sneak about the shadows of the forest living out their magical, but mostly silly, monster lives. All inhabitants of Owlberry Lane are hand-sculpted, painted, with custom made glass eyes and even among limited edition sets, are one of a kind.  

A Walk Down Owlberry Lane
October 1-November 6, 2022
Open Daily 10am-6pm

View in person at Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago or online at gallery.rotofugi.com (after the exhibit opens).

For first opportunity to purchase online, please visit previews.rotofugi.com to sign up for our Gallery Previews email list.



About the Artist

Formally trained with a bachelor's degree in both graphic design and studio art, Heather Hyatt (aka Owlberry Lane) has been an artist for over twenty years. For a decade, she was an award-winning graphic designer in the corporate sector before turning her focus to her studio art side.

Owlberry Lane focuses on her love of traditional hand sculpting and art fantasy figures. It was originally inspired by her love of fantasy, which she has had since a child. She has been able to share this same love with her children and it has only grown exponentially.


Posted Sep 28, 2022 by Kirby Kerr 0

Sentrock Rotofugi Exclusive

Do you have the hustle?

Hustler's Ambition — Chicago Edition by Sentrock will release in-store only this weekend at Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago (open 10am-6pm daily).

This limited edition of 125 figures, produced by UVD Toys, brings to life the work of Chicago-based artist Sentrock and celebrates the hustle of the ubiquitous street food vendors found in Chicago and beyond. This release is a Rotofugi Exclusive.

Standing 8 inches tall, and a massive 10 inches long, Hustler's Ambition is a sizable chunk of vinyl art! This limited edition will be available in person at our Chicago store beginning Saturday, September 24 at 10am for $160, limit one per customer.

Online release will follow on Monday, September 26 (random time drop) if any stock remains.

Also, SAVE THE DATE for a special in-store signing by Sentrock on October 29 where you can return with your figure to have it signed by the artist. More details to come.

In the meantime, be sure to check out Sentrock's first solo museum exhibit, "The Boy Who Wanted to Fly," at the Elmhurst Art Museum through January 15, 2023.
 
About the Artist

Joseph Perez, best known as “Sentrock” is a self taught street artist. Sentrock witnessed street art as a form of expression, birthing his interest to pick a spray can and continue his artistic voice. His early works were developed from graffiti writing in Mexican-American neighborhoods. Sentrock’s signature bird-mask over a human figure has become his most recognizable declaration.  Sentrock describes his bird-mask as analogous to humanity: a person who is able to find or escape to their freedom by placing them in a different reality. Through his work, he has become a catalyst for his community. His work presents undertones of hope, freedom and expression. His work encapsulates his background, history, upbringing, empathy, and compassion for his community.

 


Posted Sep 21, 2022 by Kirby Kerr 0

September/October Exhibit: Nellie Le

Back in March 2020 we had the distinct pleasure of hosting the first solo exhibit of works by LA-based artist and illustrator Nellie Le. Unfortunately, Nellie also had the distinct displeasure of being the first exhibit we've ever hosted where we weren't able to allow folks in to view the exhibit in person (thanks Covid).

We promised then to have Nellie back, and we're making good on that promise now! Come see the adorable and affordable stylings of Nellie Le at our Chicago gallery starting Saturday, September 17th!

Little Corners of the Universe
New Works by Nellie Le
September 17-October 9, 2022
Open Daily 10am-6pm

Viewing/sales start Saturday, Septmber 17 at 10am in-person at the gallery or sign up at previews.rotofugi.com for first opportunity to purchase online.

Exhibit continues through October 9 at Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago and will be viewable online at gallery.rotofugi.com


Posted Sep 14, 2022 by Kirby Kerr 0

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
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