New original artwork is coming to Sally Centigrade Gallery.
PIQ! Presents “Hello Kitty & 99 Friends” Exhibition, opening April 16th. This massive group show will feature both 2D and 3D artworks interpreting many Sanrio characters.
I have contributed 2 artworks to #PIQHK99 . A 3″ mini Tokidoki Unicorno inspired by Sanrio’s Hummingmint character.
I’ve also completed a 2D Ink on Paper piece based on Sanrio’s “Show By Rock”, an anime series of the same name. It’s a cat-girl maid outfit rockstar girl, how much more Anime can you get? So cute!
Visit PIQ at New York City’s Grand Central Station for opening April 16th, or view the exhibition online at piqgifts.com/HK99 Thank you for your support!
The cuteness is coming! Clutter Gallery hosts “Cutepocalypse” opening June 13 to shower us with adorable doom. Participating artists include
Andrea Kang, Aya Kakeda, Camilla d’Errico, Chima Group, Cody Williams, Devilrobots, Dolly Oblong, Eimi Takano, Flat Bonnie, 40 Threads, Hiroshi Yoshii, Horrible Adorables, Jen & Tony Bot, Jessie Cunningham, Mehgan Stratmen, Mr. Toast, Nathan Hamill, Odd Fauna / Emma Sanartier, One-Eyed Girl, Peskimo, Scribe, Tasha Zimich, Tesselate, Tweedlebop, Ume Toys, Valency Genis, Veggiesomething and Yosiell Lorenzo
I’m contributing a 6″ painted My Little Pony toy, which I think is pretty dandy! Ponies are cute. Tiny adorable fruits are cute. Tiny adorable bats that are also fruit are cute. Let there be cute!
Nightmare in Wonderland Project Part 1 opens March 6th at Ayden Gallery in Vancouver, BC Canada. This showing features mini-solos from a small group of very skillful artists from around the world. Artists featured include;
myplasticheart presents When Hell Freezes Over 2 a group exhibition featuring custom one-of-a-kind pieces based on Lou Pimentel’s original character – Junior. A sequel to 2010’s first exhibit of Junior’s predecessor, Cranston Fellows Jr., this time around the baby incarnation takes the spotlight as he is transformed and re-imagined by a tremendous lineup of artists, the who’s who of today’s art toy scene. With over 30 artists on board this show will be a sight to see.
Join us for the opening reception on Saturday February 7 2015 7-10pm. Exhibition runs through March 3 2015. Curated by Lou Pimentel
Jon Paul Kaiser
When Hell Freezes Over 2
Opening Reception Saturday, February 7th, 2015 7 – 10pm
Exhibition runs through March 3rd, 2015
Curated by Lou Pimentel
Curator Ixie Darkonn brings us Nightmare In Wonderland, a multi-part exhibition project project spanning 4 galleries in 3 countries. Nightmare in Wonderland pays silent tribute to one of the darkest filmmakers of our time. Project Part: 0 opens at Rotofugi Gallery February the 13th, themed as The Colorless Exhibition.
Nightmare In Wonderland is a tribute exhibition interpreting the characters and world of Tim Burton. Being a Silent Tribute, Burton is unnamed in exhibition promotion, but I’d like to share my thoughts on this very special project I’m contributing to creatively, and as Project Assistant.
Tim Burton has been an influential creative figure to me since I could push my own VHS tapes in and press Play. Not surprisingly, many others feel similarly! I teamed up collaboratively with undead sculptor Deth Becomes You to develop and fabricate a dynamic reinterpretation of one of our favourite, and one of Burton’s most iconic characters, Jack Skellington.
Jack is known in death as Jack Skellington, or The Pumpkin King- the king of Halloween! But what was he like in life? Deth took up the challenge of fleshing out those old bones. The original sculpt incorporates visual ties to Jack’s later form; a wide notched skeletal grin, scalp burned smooth in a fire, and segmented neck represented through scar tissues. Jack is expressive, and Deth’s sculpt depicts a visage whose expression changes with the light and angle- from one of curious intrigue, to sinister delight.
Deth has cast a bust of Jack in Latex, both for logistical purposes and to give the surface I would paint a realistic texture and appearance. We moved the depiction towards realism; Deth fabricated a canvas coat, and little baby bat friend for Jack in lieu of his necktie. We think, in life, Jack’s overbearing appearance belied a real soft spot for smaller creatures.
Materially, Latex is a really different ballgame.
Painting latex posed brand new material challenges for me, in addition to keeping with the monochrome exhibition theme. In our piece, Jack is pallid and ghoulish, despite what must have been an otherwise very colourful life! Every scar tells a story, which we’re still unraveling. Deth’s sculpting continually blows me away, and his material tutelage has been invaluable. I’m definitely up for painting more latex!
The final piece is titled “A Sublime Trauma Of An Improbable Dreamer”, and stands around 12″ tall. This piece will be on display and available through Rotofugi Gallery February 13th, with preview list signups here. Exhibition updates will be posted to social media under #NightmareInWonderland #IxieDarkonn and #DBYTZ , or rsvp to the Facebook page here. Thank you for your support!