So this has been a long time coming. Way back in 2007 (two years into this site's existence), I reported on how Plaseebo's Legend of Sumprototype was displayed at the Toy Tokyo booth at San Diego Comic Con. At that point in time...I couldn't wait to check it out. Unfortunately, things happen. But this might be the longest time between seeing a prototype and having a release that I have witnessed in this business. And, thankfully, collectors and fans of artist Bob Conge (I consider myself one of each) will be very happy.
The Plaseebo "SUM" Creature will be the first vinyl figure to be created by the joint forces of Planet-X and Plaseebo. The piece will feature an internal color-changing LED unit (for multiple colors). The first release of the Plaseebo “SUM” creature in vinyl will be this Saturday, May 5th 2018, in Japan at the MANDARAKE "Indy Sofubi Rally”.
PLASEEBO has joined forces with PLANET-X to offer the best of both worlds, with hands on supervision of vinyl production in both China and Japan. PLANET-X will be producing and marketing an ongoing series of original PLASEEBO created figures, beginning with the “SUM” creature. The first release of the “SUM” creature in vinyl will take place on May 5th 2018 in Japan at the MANDARAKE "Indy Sofubi Rally”. (The backstory of Sum can be found below)
"THE LEGEND OF SUM"
Driving home from the local red neck bar one moon lit summer night, Roy swerves his pick up toward a dark shape that is slowly moving along side the road. A loud CRACK shatters the darkness as the front tire breaks the giant snapping turtles' shell in two, right down the center. The great snapper rolls down the embankment into the stream and Roy's laughing fades as the truck turns to cross the bridge to his shabby farm house across the stream.
The turtle, floating belly up is carried downstream to the other side and is swept into a quiet eddy where he sinks watching the moon fade from yellow to blood red through the darkening water. This small pool cut into the bank of the stream was at the back Roy's property and he used it as his personal dump site. The water caught in this hole became a terrible toxic soup of motor oil, fertilizer, broken toys, bones and entrails of many slaughtered animals, rusty tools and who knows what else.
Over the next few months, a strange transformation took place in this evil chowder as it baked in the summer heat. A creature of revenge, born of cruelty and neglect slid its way out of the sickening mess one dark September night.
Roy's body was never found, nor could anyone explain the slime trail from the bedroom through the field behind the house.
Over the years that followed, other neglectful farmers vanished on moonless nights and folks reported vague sightings of a creature that seamed to be cobbled together from a collection of garbage, an old doll, bone, rotted skin, and broken tools, with a large snapping turtle skull for a head. They call him "SUM".
Plaseebo has been invited to be part of the Kiss! Kiss! Kill! group exhibition, which opens on Saturday, March 10th 2018 at Clutter Gallery (163 Main Street Beacon, NY). This is Clutter Gallery's annual showcase of the best in Sofubi and Soft Vinyl, Kaiju and Neo-Kaiju. And, of course, Bob Conge is being represented at the show. The pictured piece is one of Plaseebo's submissions - Anomaly 2- a one of a kind, 11-inich tall vinyl.
Plaseebo has been invited to be part in the MONSTROSITIES Show, taking place at My Plastic Heart and opening on Friday March 2nd 2018. Pictured above is one of the Plaseebo pieces that Bob Conge has created for the show. Gunkanjima Kaiju is a one of a kind, 8-inch high clear vinyl X body filled with kaiju guts and two motion activated color-changing LED units.
Bob Conge is showing off one of his most recent Plaseebo customs - the MVH clear vinyl "Electro Ollie”. You like it? Well, too bad for you. It was commissioned by a US collector and not available to purchase. But you can ogle at the photos.See how he's filled with a variety of space guts? Oh, and did I say it has 3 motion activated color changing LED units inside? Well...it does. And you don't have it.
Artist Bob Conge (Plaseebo) will have a pair of new assemblage works in the "Sacred Curiosities" show opening Saturday October 21st 2017 from 4PM to 7PM at Main Street Arts Gallery in Clifton Springs N Y. This wide-ranging invitational exhibition includes the work of thirteen artists. Through sculpture, painting, and drawing, this exhibition is a meditation on the meaning we assign to things.
The show runs through November 17th 2017. Bob's pieces are the Shrine to Self and Family Shrine (eww...creepy umbilical cord), each one a mixed media and found objects in a hand crafted wood case.
Featuring: Stephanie Albanese, Dianne Baker, Bob Conge, Jacquie Germanow, John Greene, Chad Grohman, Emily Kenas, Martha O'Connor, Joanna Poag, Richard Rockford, Bill Stephens, Jean Stephens, and Bill Stewart
Bob Conge has announced his latest creation. From Plaseebo, comes the Black & Blue Gnaw Dog - badly bruised but never beaten. This one-of-a-kind custom vinyl mash-up features a black and blue paint job. Standing in at 8 inches tall with blue glass eye inserts and 2 internal motion activated color-changing LED units with replaceable batteries, the piece comes signed by the artist.
The Black & Blue Gnaw Dog will be available on Friday, August 18th 2017 from the Plaseebo web shop for $350.00.
Plaseebo is pleased to be part of the "KaijuMashup 2017” exhibition being held this weekend (July 22nd and 23rd) at the Design Fiesta Gallery in Japan. Bob Conge - the show's a group show - has provided us with a pair of custom pieces that will be in the show. There's the Cyborg-X and the Gnawmeleon, which you can check out below.
Plaseebo will be releasing the Red Eye Cyclops-X / Prototype-2 via the Plaseebo webshop on Wednesday July 12th 2017. This one of a kind prototype hand cast resin Cyclops head on the Skull Head Butt “X” vinyl body sports a red taxidermy eye and an internal motion activated color changing LED unit with replaceable batteries. A big boy, he stands just short of 9 inches high. Hand painted with multiple sprays of Monster Kolor and signed by artist Bob Conge. It will be available to purchase for $350.00 plus shipping.