Designer Toys, Art & Pop Culture

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.

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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.

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Posted May 22, 2019 by Kirby Kerr 0

May Exhibit: Blake Jones

Naivety Scene
New Works by Blake Jones
May 4-26, 2019

BYOB Opening Reception
Saturday, May 4, 7-10pm

We're lucky to have collaborated with Chicago-based (via Houston, TX) artist Blake Jones on several projects over the last couple years. Blake's illustrative style draws on a huge range of influences from comics to abstract art, but is always consistently colorful, approachable and, well, cute.

A prolific sketchbook user, Blake is rarely seen without a book full of doodles and character studies....for this exhibit we've asked Blake to open up his sketchbooks and share the love in an explosion of wonderful, affordable art!

Join us the evening of Saturday, May 4, 7-10pm for the opening reception. 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!

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

Exhibit continues through May 26, 2019.

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Posted Apr 16, 2019 by Kirby Kerr 0

April Exhibit: LURK

Dimensional Travels
The Art of LURK
April 6-28, 2019

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

Get ready for some crazy blast-your-head off and send you into outer space art in April because we have Vancouver Island (Canada) based artist LURK touching down for a new exhibit opening on Saturday, April 6.

“I started as a weird creative kid and now I continue as a weirder more creative adult. I may be accessing other realms or I’m just kinda having a fun ride,” says Lurk.

Join us the evening of Saturday, April 6, 7-10pm for the opening reception. 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!

LURK will be in attendance at the opening reception so please do stop by and see if you can get him to divulge what dimension he’s really from.

Exhibit continues through April 28, 2019.

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Posted Mar 23, 2019 by Kirby Kerr 0

March Exhibit & Signing: Luke Chueh

Between Black & White
New Works by Luke Chueh
March 2-31, 2019

BYOB Opening Reception
Saturday, March 2, 7-10pm

Luke Chueh Signing
Saturday, March 2, 7-8:30pm

This March we welcome back one of our favorite artists, Los Angeles-based Luke Chueh, for his third solo exhibit at Rotofugi Gallery.

Employing minimal color schemes, simple animal characters and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy. Chueh's work has been featured in contemporary art galleries around the world, and reinterpreted as collectible and limited edition vinyl toys.

Join us the evening of Saturday, March 2, 7-10pm for the opening reception. 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!

Luke will be in attendance at the opening, and signing for fans from 7pm until 8:30pm. We'll have a selection of Luke's vinyl figures, produced by Munky King, available for purchase.

Exhibit continues through March 31, 2019.

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


Posted Feb 16, 2019 by Kirby Kerr 0
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