Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Japanese Vinyl, Kaiju & Beyond: New Work by Gargamel & Friends @ Rotofugi Gallery

from: Rotofugi Gallery

Exhibit Information
Japanese Vinyl, Kaiju & Beyond
New Work by Gargamel & Friends
December 10, 2010 - January 9, 2011

Opening Reception
Friday, December 10, 2010, 7-10PM
Gargamel artist Kiyoka Ikeda and Koji Harmon (Cometdebris) will be in attendance.

About the Artists
As innovators in Japan's thriving neo-kaiju (monster toy) scene Gargamel have spearheaded a growing movement to push soft vinyl (sofubi) toys into a genuine art form. Formed in 2002, and producing their own figures since 2003, Gargamel have continually pushed the boundaries of the new art of vinyl. Their role as frequent collaborators with artists in both Japan (such as Koji Harmon, aka Cometdebris) and in the United States have earned them not only respect, but a growing audience of international collectors.

Based in Tokyo, the members of Gargamel not only produce their own figures, but are all talented traditional artists in their own right, exhibiting in exhibits around the globe. And as if that weren't enough, they also operate a flagship store/gallery in Tokyo, Thrash Out.

About the Exhibit
This is Gargamels's first exhibit at Rotofugi Gallery, though they have participated in previous exhibits such as our original Toy Karma exhibit in 2007.

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