Designer Toys, Art & Pop Culture

April Exhibit: Attaboy

Join us as we welcome one of our earliest exhibitors, Attaboy, back for a solo exhibit of all new paintings and sculptures!

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New Growths
Paintings & Sculptures by Attaboy
April 16-May 15, 2022
10am-6pm Daily

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About the Artist

With a commitment to creating and curating surprising forms of visual art, Daniel “Attaboy” Seifert has forged a varied career, often fusing subversion with disconcerting whimsy.

Atta’s recent installation “The Cradle of Life”, for example, is an interactive art installation depicting a decomposing but vibrant-with-life throne which sits two rulers. Participants sit and rock side to side, creating a pleasant rocking motion akin to a newborn in a crib.

Other works include sculptural paintings on levels of layered wood, which investigate themes of death, decomposition and rebirth. Since 2016, art therapy has become an integral part of his daily process, due to a battle with depression and a neurological condition called Cervical Dystonia, with new works always evolving evolving into paintings, sculptures, and life-affirming installations and events like Game of Shrooms, a world -wide art N Seek holiday of sorts. The unconventional scavenger hunt led 1000’s of artists and hunters across the world to create and hide original art work for collectors (and the unassuming) to find. Artists and gatherers from Hong Kong, Berlin, Japan, the UK, India, Russia, Switzerland, the US, and many more participated in the world-wide event, creating a world-wide non-religious, no cost, political-free interactive “art show” of making and sharing. The event spread viral on Instagram (See the hashtag #gameofshrooms for some of the results) and is set to be repeated on June 11th, 2022.

He also began his Rocks Painted Like Rocks series, which have been added to many influential collections. These rocks, covered in acrylic paint, appear almost as assets in a video game or a Warner Bros. cartoon and have been known to sell for hundreds of dollars, which impresses some, and angers others.

His recent series of “Near Collisions” may be a way of dealing with the traumatizing car crash that his family experienced this past year, in a video game like scenario, but it is too soon to be certain.

Attaboy’s work has been seen in children’s and novelty books which he has authored, magazines, galleries, museums, on television and many designer toy stores. His influences include Alexander Calder, Yayoi Kusama, Maurice Nobel, Eyvinde Earle, and the futurist Syd Mead.

In 2005, Atta co-founded Hi-Fructose The New Contemporary Art magazine with his wife, the artist Annie Owens., which was recently honored with a coast to cost museum retrospective at theVirginia MOCA, The Akron art Museum, and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. The magazine has spawned a successful book series, a book on New Contemporary Fashion, and has over 2 million followers on social media.

Daniel “Attaboy” Seifert  began his career as a toy designer at Milton Bradley and has a degree in toy design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and he has his name on a bunch of patents and such. His work has been exhibited at The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, The LA Art Show, Corey Helford Gallery, The MOAH Museum, The Compound Gallery and many more.


Posted Apr 15, 2022 by Kirby Kerr 0

March Exhibit: David K Rose

Is This Real Life?
New Works by David K Rose
March 19-April 10, 2022

I don't know about y'all, but with Spring just around the corner I'm ready for something that rocks. Like, rock n' roll, let's get down and have some fun in the sun! March's exhibit is the perfect accompaniment for that attitude...blending pop culture, monsters, heavy metal, and PLENTY of flames, our March artist David K Rose nails a rock n' roll attitude but maintains a sense of humor. Perfect.

Join us beginning Saturday, March 19 at 10am for in-person viewing of the 25 plus new watercolor paintings that David created for this exhibit. We will not be holding an opening reception but welcome your visit, mask required. Members of our gallery previews email list will get first opportunity to purchase. To receive the email sign up at previews.rotofugi.com.

Is This Real Life? continues through Sunday, April 10 at Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago and will also be viewable at gallery.rotofugi.com shortly after the exhibit begins.

About the Artist

David K Rose is a visual artist known for his illustration work, and game production. His work has been featured in shows around the world, in the pages of numerous publications, AAA video games and multiple projects with bands. Dave currently resides in Dallas, TX where he continues his work in the game industry. This is his second exhibit at Rotofugi after participating in 2017's "Gritpop" group exhibition.


Posted Mar 15, 2022 by Kirby Kerr 0

March Mini Exhibit: Joshua Sutton

The Spoons Experiment
Vinyl Figure Mini Exhibit by Joshua Sutton
March 5-27, 2022

One great thing about being a toy store and art gallery is that we end up working with some of the most amazing people. Years ago, we worked with Josh Sutton on one of our projects, Jeremy Tinder's "Tinder Toys." Fast forward a decade and we're excited to work with Josh on a new project, though this time it's his personal work.

A talented sculptor & toy designer, Josh has honed his skills for years on other's projects but has, in recent years, developed his own series of figures. Josh will be showcasing custom versions of his newest figure, Spoons!

Spoons is known throughout the universe as a fearsome warrior and magical shaman, wielding the Eye of Destiny and helping Henry & The Max keep the M.I.T.E.S. (a group of mutants determined to devour food and resources) at bay!

The Spoons Experiment, Round 1, opens Saturday, March 5 at Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago and will feature 10 custom painted figures, with Round 2 to follow within the month with additional Spoons.

For first chance to purchase, sign up for our Gallery Previews list at previews.rotofugi.com



About the Artist

Joshua Sutton is an Ohio-based toy sculptor, prototype artist and owner of ERA Sculpture LLC.

"As long as I can remember, I have enjoyed designing and building things. Anything really, fighter jets out of cardboard boxes, or model cars. It didn’t really matter as long as it was fun! This love of creating, combined with my love of toys, led me to a career in the toy industry. I am fortunate enough to have been involved in and continue today to work on some very cool projects.

"Over the years, I have learned skills and knowledge that have allowed me to design and create my own vinyl figures. Henry and The Max and Spoons are the beginning of a creative journey to build and develop a world of characters that are fun and creative.

"Ultimately, I am just trying to have fun, being me, my own way, and in my own style."


Posted Mar 03, 2022 by Kirby Kerr 0

February Exhibit: Shawnimals

Wanderlust

New Works by Shawnimals

February 19-March 13, 2022



I think we can all agree that after nearly 2 years of pandemic isolation and caution we’re all feeling a little wanderlust. Our good friend and long-time collaborator Shawn Smith (aka Shawnimals) and his adorable Ninjas and Shapes are right there with you. We’re excited to once again be working with Shawn to share this new body of work with you and, hopefully, it’ll be just the antidote you need.

Join us beginning Saturday, February 19 at 10am for in-person viewing of the 40 plus new works by Shawnimals for this exhibit. We will, unfortunately, not be holding an opening reception due to ongoing concerns about coronavirus, though we welcome you to stop by and view the new works (mask required). Members of our gallery previews email list will get first opportunity to purchase. To receive the email sign up at previews.rotofugi.com.

Wanderlust continues through Sunday, March 13 at Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago and will also be viewable at gallery.rotofugi.com shortly after the exhibit begins.



About the Artist

Chicago-based Shawn Smith is best known as the artist and designer behind Shawnimals and Ninjatown. While often known for his work in designer toys — particularly plush — he is primarily focused on fine art, and creates a wide variety of colorful, playful, and symbolic illustrative works in the form of drawings, paintings, and murals. Simply put, he wants to delight and inspire people everywhere with his character-based creative work.

His "All Shapes" body of work explores ideas of friendship, community, diversity, inclusivity, and celebration. While squarely rooted in the world of art with color, shape, and composition, there's also the implication of a wide range of not only shapes and colors, but also emotions.

We are all of these things and many more, and these differences should be celebrated and supported to build a true sense of community.

You can see his work in and around Chicago, other parts of the US, and as far away as Tokyo, Japan.

When he's not working in his studio, he proudly works as the Art Director for Threadless and spends as much time as possible with his wife, son, and adorably grumpy old dog Remmy


Posted Feb 05, 2022 by Kirby Kerr 0

January Exhibit: Chris RWK / RobotsWillKill

 

Paintings in the Hue of Forever
New Works by ChrisRWK / Robots Will Kill
January 15-February 13, 2022

We kick off our 2022 exhibition schedule with a banger!

New York-based ChrisRWK (Robots Will Kill) has spent the last two decades and then some building and conceptualizing his own graffiti-flavored visual language — one that he frequently employs to spread messages of love, hope, and perseverance.

Join us beginning Saturday, January 15 at 10am for in-person viewing of the 40 new works on canvas prepared by ChrisRWK for his first Chicago solo exhibit!

We will, unfortunately, not be holding an opening reception due to ongoing concerns about coronavirus — and our space in Chicago strictly requires all staff and patrons to be masked.

Members of our gallery previews email list will get first opportunity to purchase. To receive the email sign up at previews.rotofugi.com.

Paintings in the Hue of Forever continues through Sunday, February 13 at Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago and will also be viewable at gallery.rotofugi.com shortly after the exhibit begins.

About the Artist

A child of the 70’s into the 80s, ChrisRWK’s world was often completely flooded with the imagery and ideas presented by his television, his comic books, and the music and movies of the time. Immersed in these various mediums, ChrisRWK began to store the images brought forward though these everyday experiences in what he refers to as a "mental journal". This journal was a haven of his thoughts that he could refer back to whenever necessary. ChrisRWK’s paintings frequently cite past conceptions of popular culture embedded in his psyche's cache.

This use of intertextuality also serves to offer a comfort or familiarity of sorts to the viewer. ChrisRWK’s works frequently reveal everyday musings and people one would pass on the street without looking or thinking about twice. These images also aid ChrisRWK in the creation of a visual language comprised of his own iconographic imagery. Through the repetition of this imagery, ChrisRWK strives to familiarize his viewers with the language he has constructed. ChrisRWK believes that the notions within his pieces serve as a backbone to the many stories created by the onlooker when he or she is viewing the work.

In 2001 ChrisRWK set in motion RobotsWillKill.com. Robots Will Kill is an arts site dedicated to community and exposure for artists/media often disregarded by the mainstream art world. Rather than featuring his own work exclusively, he opened it up to allow the possibility for it to become whatever it evolved into being. ChrisRWK has used this interaction and collaboration with artists to help develop his artwork in new ways.
 
Over the years ChrisRWK’s imagery has become quickly identifiable and familiar to many people. He is trying to evoke more stories in people's minds everyday.


Posted Jan 09, 2022 by Kirby Kerr 0
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