Designer Toys, Art & Pop Culture

Sentrock Rotofugi Exclusive & Signing

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.

UPDATE: Figures are Available Now

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.

SIGNING RESCHEDULED for Saturday, November 19, 2-4pm

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.


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


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


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.“


Dumpster Friends Forever 2

Sometimes life is just a dumpster fire, but nothing stops you from making that into beautiful art!

We are super excited to announce that we will be hosting a new exhibit featuring 30+ artist-customized versions of the Dumpster Fire figure by 100% Soft, opening on Friday, July 1st. Trash turned to treasure!

Join us 6-8pm on opening day for first chance to purchase custom figures and meet Dumpster Fire creator Truck Torrence, plus a new limited edition variant release of the Dumpster Fire vinyl figure (more on that below)!

100% Soft Presents
Dumpster Friends Forever 2: A Dumpster Fire Customs Show
July 1-31, 2022
Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Opening Reception
Friday, July 1, 6-8pm

View the event on Facebook for a full artist lineup and RSVP for event updates.

This summer is going to be hot…garbage! The trashiest addition to any summer get together, it's the Dumpster Fried Chicken vinyl figure!

This limited edition Dumpster Fire comes with a crispy fried drumstick* embedded in flame and will be available for purchase for $32 during the opening of the Dumpster Friends Forever 2 show at Rotofugi where 100% Soft creator Truck Torrence will abe signing a limited amount. Nobody does trash like DFC!

* Do not eat drumstick, it is not real.

 

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DUMPSTER FRIENDS FOREVER 2 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


• Exhibit viewing will begin on Friday, July 1st when we open at 10am Central Time.

• Sales of exhibit pieces will be available beginning at 6pm Central Time during the opening reception for the exhibit (Friday, July 1st, 6-8pm)

• If you wish to purchase a custom figure, please inquire at the Rotofugi front desk for a line ticket (so you don’t have to stand in a line all day).

• Please form a line (and observe social distancing) outside the Rotofugi front doors beginning at 5:45pm and we will admit the first 40 customers to begin sales at 6:00pm. Tickets will be numbered so please be courteous and stand in order when forming the line. If you have not already acquired a line ticket, please position yourself at the end of the line and we’ll give you a ticket as you enter.

• Custom figures are limited to one per customer on the first pass through the line, but if you wish to make additional purchases please ask at the front desk for a new ticket so you may return to the end of the line.

• There is no official limit on the number of Dumpster Fried Chicken you may purchase, though we reserve the right to limit quantities.

• Dumpster Fried Chicken will be released online at rotofugi.com at 10am Central Time on Saturday, July 2nd.

• Remaining custom figures from the exhibit will go on sale at gallery.rotofugi.com at a later date to be determine
    • Exhibit continues through July 31st, 2022.





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