Bob Conge of Plaseebo will have a new piece in the up-coming Kaiju Monster Invasion show that takes place at the Art Center of South Florida, during Art Basel in Miami Beach. The show opens on December 3rd 2008 and runs through January 4th 2009.
The title this piece is PLASEEBO - The Awakening and is a one of a kind shadow-box diorama built in a hand crafted 8" X 13"X 21" wooden case (with a glass front designed to hang on a wall). The glow in the dark vinyl figures have glass inset eyes and four of them have LED lights inside that are switched
from the outside of the case.
Plaseebo Custom'sBank America (come suckle on the tit of credit) was was inspired by the blatant greed, unfair loan-shark type fees and interest rates charged by American banks.
With this piece, [Bob Conge] want[ed] to express the true image of the bank beneath the placid mask of business as usual. The bank takes your money and then shits on your dreams (the accessory is a green dump on a glass hart).
The 12" long by 6" tall by 4.5" wide cast urethane figure has glass inset eyes, rubber baby bottle nipples and red glass hart with "dump" accessory. This extremely limited piece will be available soon from the Plaseebo website.
Just in time for Halloween, Plaseebo is offering up a collection of one of a kind custom Night Gamers. This 2008 collection is comprised of 6 unique hand customized and painted expressions by Bob Conge. Each of the 8" vinyl also have a motion activated color-changing LED unit inside its head and is hand signed by Bob.
The 6 custom figures include, from left to right: Mickeygamer, Frankengamer, Jack O Lantern #2, Voodoo, Nightzilla and Jack O Lantern #1. They will be available from the Plaseebo online store on Thursday October 9th.
Autumn finds the Night Gamers, Wilber and Orvil still enjoying evenings
in Manhattan. At 4 AM or so while navigating the streets a few feet
above human eye level in early October they discovered the Halloween
window display at Forbidden Planet on Broadway and 13th. They were
ecstatic, zipping back and forth in front of the glass like giant
bumble bees pausing for an instant in front of each one of the dozens
of masks. A bewildering mix of gruesome and fun expressions in an
endless variety of rubbery goodness, Frankenstein, Godzilla, Mickey,
T2, Bill Clinton, goblins, ghosts and carved pumpkins galore . In the
excitement of their find our travelers both began to glow with the
color changing effects they normally exhibit when engrossed in gaming.
And then the real discovery was revealed to them by their reflections
in the window. Wilber and Orvil's faces morfed into the face of each
mask they were thinking of, as many as ten different masks a minute. It
would seem while traversing the 30 second time shift from their
parallel universe to ours, the molecular structure of their bodies has
become flexible, thus giving them this new ability with which they are
delighted. Halloween became Wilber and Orvil's most favorite holiday, a
shape shifters dream come true.
Here is a wonderful meeting of the minds (and art styles)...Mark Nagata of Max Toy Co and Bob Conge of Plaseebo will release a joint custom set - Eyezon MEETS Night Gamer - today. It's a limited edition of 10 sets. Mark hand painted 10 Plaseebo Night Gamers and Bob hand painted 10 Max Toy Co Eyezons.
The Nagata custom Night Gamer is 7" tall in white glow in the dark vinyl with fumed red glass inset eyes and is signed and numbered by Mr. Nagata.
The Conge custom Eyezon is 10" tall in clear vinyl with numerous inset plastic eyes and is signed and numbered by Bob.
Both the Eyezon and Night Gamer have a motion activated color changing LED unit inside. These figures will be offered on a first come, first served basis as a set of the 2 figures (1 Eyezon and 1 Night Gamer). The set is priced at $620 shipped. And those purchasing the set of 2 figures will also receive a signed limited edition 16" by 18" color giclee print of Conge's Eyezon drawing.
Plaseebo Custom'sWAR figure will be in the Kaiju Invades New York exhibition at The Showroom Gallery in NYC, opening this Saturday, April 19th from 8PM until 11PM.
Bob Conge says: This sculpt is somewhat of a departure for me, in that it is my intent to use the "art toy" form as a vehicle to express a powerful sociopolitical statement. "War is the ultimate monster" I wanted to create an image that would make the viewer feel the horror of war and perhaps move them to take a stand against its ravages of life and land. The Dick Cheney smile on the skull is no accident.
The WAR figure is a one-up hand-cast urethane from Bob's original sculpt. It is 10" high by 6" wide with glass inset eyes. The body and feet of the WAR figure are made up of the dead bodies of solders, crashed airplanes, blown up tanks, barrels of oil, etc and his legs are the trunks from burned and broken trees. You already know the back-story. As inspired by, "I am become Death,The shatterer of Worlds", from The Bhagavad-Gita.
Plaseebo Custom recently released the second edition of their Night Gamer rotocast vinyl figure. The glow-in-the-dark piece was co-designed and sculpted by Bill Hand and Bob Conge. And as with all of the Plaseebo characters, they have a rather interesting story.
The Night Gamers are little creatures from an alternate universe (30 seconds ahead of ours). They’ve traveled to our universe, to a teddy bear factory. After hiding within a bear suit, they were taken home by a pair of young brothers.
At night, while the boys are sleeping, they come out of their suits and decide to play. They use their probes to search the children’s memories (via their brains) and play games. All the while, the two players’ heads glow. The Gamers actually took their names (Wilbur and Orvil) from that first game they played…trying to build a working model of a plane (it was from a quiz the kids once took).
The Night Gamer figure comes bagged with a header card that is illustrated by Plaseebo artist John Kastner. The illustration is that of the two characters removing their teddy bear suits in anticipation of a session of gaming.