Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tentacles, Horns and Scales Show at Thrashout!!!

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From Bwana Spoons

Tentacles, Horns, and Scales
April 19th Thrash Out in Koenji, Tokyo.
Artshow, toy release, sneak attack.
Featuring all new works by Koji Harmon , Bwana Spoons, and Martin Ontiveros.
Sponsored by Dekline footwear.

Come join us for good times, art, toys, prizes, and a few big suprises. Thrash Out is the Flagship store and gallery of mind bending vinyl pioneers Gargamel. Gargamel makes toys that look like Jolly Rancher coated diamonds. Koji, Bwana, and Martin make art and toys that explode with color, depth, and endless imagination. Collector and fan Takaomi Fujiki put it best when he said “Happy Beam Discharge!”

Martin Ontiveros

Martin Ontiveros grew up in San Diego, California. Graduated CalArts in 1996 with a Bachelor's degree in Experimental Animation. Then he moved here to Portland. He isn't rich... yet. But he is getting paid to do what he enjoys, and he's been doing it for years now. He lives in an awesome basement apartment that he shares with his cool son named Felix and two cats not named Felix. His many many years of pop culture emersion and empirical knowledge of useless trivial information have somehow paid off in spades. Call it luck. His work has appeared in publications like Craphound, Juxtapoz, Pencil Fight, The Stranger, Portland Mercury, and Nickolodeon Magazine, as well as awesome books like BEASTS!, The Darkening Garden, Neither Here Nor There (Melvins), Qeedrophonic, Dot Dot Dash and others. Galleries lucky to show his work include Giant Robot 2, Roq La Rue, OX-OP, Grass Hut, Gallery 1988, Limited Addiction, DVA Gallery, Copro Nason, BLVD, 111 Minna St., Super 7, Sixspace, Compound Gallery, and more that have come and gone or that he can't remember. Martin is a core member of Grass Hut, and is totally digging this new working relationship with the dudes in Gargamel. His character Ojo Rojo is set to take the world by storm. Oh, and Martin is a metalhead til the end.

Koji Harmon

Koji Harmon is a zine maker, photographer, and collector. Koji has worked on several projects with Gargamel, and is fast on his way to master sofubi painter. This is koji’s first venture in to toy design.

Bwana Spoons

Bwana Spoons was raised in the woods. He likes moss and Lego and monsters. When he was a little one he would draw detailed crayon renderings of all his favorite Star Wars figures. When he was older he lost them all in a battle with a mildew giant. He likes making zines and comics and paintings and silk-screened prints and designing toys and making things with rainbows and animals. Recently Bwana was bitten by the textile bug. He has designed shoes for Converse, and Dekline, tees for Giant Robot, and MonsieurT., and baby strollers for Bumbleride. Over the years he has worked on and/or created several zines and comics. “Ain’t Nothin’ Like Fuckin’ Moonshine” was the first and longest running; his most recent projects include Pencil Fight, and Soft Smooth Brain, and the upcoming Welcome to Forest Island

Bwana’s work can be viewed in print in the Sci-Fi Western, Truth Show, and most recently the Melvins', Beasts, and Qee books. His illustration work clientele includes Nike 6.0, Hewlett Packard, Nickelodeon, Top Shelf, The Stranger, Dogtown, Hessenmob, Imaginasian TV, Laika, Monsieur T, Buster Design, WK, Uno Caol, Vans, Converse, Dekline, and others. For the past year he has teamed up with super Grass Hut partner Justin Scrappers Morrison to run Grass Hut. A studio space, gallery, and boutique of fine handmade goods.

Selected gallery exhibits include:
Denver- Limited Addiction Gallery
Tokyo- Thrash Out
Seattle- Roq La Rue, SAW, Blue Bottle, BLVD.
Portland- Grass Hut, Compound, Motel.
San Francisco- 111 Minna, Adobe, Super 7.
Los Angeles- Copro-Nason, Giant Robot, New Image, 1988, Corey Helford, La Luz De Jesus, BLKMRKT.
NYC- Max Fish, AG Gallery, GRNY.
Minneapolis- OX-OP
Paris- Artoyz (solo September 2008)

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