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The Art of MST3K The Comic #1 Pop-Up Party

On Saturday September 1st 2018, there was a super-secret pop-up Mystery Science Theater 3000 party at Space2 in Atlanta, GA. Actually, they were handing out invites to those folks who asked a question at the Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Panel. When I heard that...I decided to ask the cast a question.

The Saturday night mingle featured The Art of Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Comic #1 (from Dark Horse), with large posters featuring pages from the comic book adorning a single brick wall. Several members of the cast were in attendance. Jonah Ray and Joel Hodgson were donning those iconic Gizmonic jumpsuits (yellow and red, respectively). Rebecca Hanson, Tim Ryder, and Grant Baciocco were also there, albeit in much more pedestrian (and comfortable) attire. The only cast member in attendance at Dragon Con that was missing was Felicia Day (there was a girl dressed up as her character...if that helps).

The event had Bottomless Totino's Pizza Rolls (the bottomless being negated by the fine print - *While supplies last). When you read Issue #1, this will make a little more sense.

In all, there were about 30 or so people in attendance...nerding about over Mystery Science Theater 3000, art, and bad movies/comics. I took some photos along with a very short video. **I am afraid of taking Joel's picture, because - at a live event - I was told he's not a fan of having his photo taken (I can totally understand...I mean look at my photo alongside Jonah Ray below).

But what I really wanted was to snag one of these giant prints...

WAX NOSTALGIC: 1994

WAX NOSTALGIC: 1994 is an art show and homage celebrating a year that defined a decade. Guest curated by Chris Breeden, the show invites over 50 artists to reminisce on the pop culture and current events of 1994. From Forrest Gump to the Shawshank Redemption, Nelson Mandela’s election to Kurt Cobain’s untimely death, it was a year of immense highs and the lowest of lows. What remains are our memories brought to life by the artists in the show.

The show runs through September 14th 2018 at BLDG Refuge in Covington, KY.

Chris, who curated the show, included images of two of the available pieces: The Doh! Nut custom 3-inch Dunny from The Bots ($150.00) is shown above; The Danzig "splinter punk" wooden piece from Steve Casino ($475.00) is below.

Forbidden Planet turns 40

Join Forbidden Planet on Saturday August 11th 2018 as they celebrate their 40th year of existence (this sounded real old until I realized I also celebrated my 40th year of existence a few months back). In addition to the festivities, they will be launching a new varsity jacket, plus a massive range of new t-shirts and merchandise - including an homage to Rick and Morty.

The event runs from 11AM to 4PM. There will be faceprinting, a free copy of Forbidden Planet's Souvenir Magazine featuring four decades of great guests, and giveaways

Mike Slobot x Town of Cary Parks – Robots on Every Corner

Mike Slobot and the Town of Cary Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources present "Robots on Every Corner". The art show features Raleigh local artist Mike Slobot's original robot sculptures and paintings in the historic Page-Walker Arts and History Center in Downtown Cary, NC. Blending old and new, Mike presents his friendly robot sculptures and paintings in the First Floor Gallery and the Glass Display Case through August 4th 2018.

An artist reception takes place on Friday July 27th 2018 from 6PM to 8PM during the Final Friday Cary Art Loop. If you're in my neck of the woods...get out to see this.

Ron English Signing and Window Unveiling at PIQ SoHo

PIQ is opening a new store in SoHo, and Ron English is helping them celebrate. America's premier pop iconoclast will be in-store (420 Broadway, NYC) for a signing from 5PM through 6PM on Thursday July 26th 2018. Ron will be there to unveil his Fat Tony window, with the PIQ SoHo window being transformed into a Cereal Killers box with a super-sized Fat Tony sculpture. The first 75 people in attendance will get a limited edition 2.75-inch by 1.75-inch Fat Tony box pin.

Brutherford Industries x Kean University at Five Points Fest

Five Points Festival, a designer toy, street, and alternative art festival, has announced a partnership, working with the next generation to further their education. 

Students of the industrial design program, under Professor Ryan Rutherford in the Robert Busch School of Design within the Michael Graves College at Kean University, have been working hard to create a marketable, well designed character, to produce and sell in a real-world experience model. The character they created, titled OTTO, was then sculpted in clay and molded in silicone. Five Points Festival is excited to have partnered with the program to provide exhibition space for the students to create and sell their goods LIVE. 

Guests to Five Points Festival will be able to experience the process - from the spark of an idea to buyer ready product. Pieces will be made to order using Brutherford Industries roto-casting technology and packaged right before your eyes!

Five Points Festival 2018

Five Points Festival has announced their event details for 2018. Taking place the weekend of June 2nd and 3rd, 2018 at the Brooklyn Expo Center, the festival will bring together the shining stars of the Designer Toy, Kaiju & Sofubi, Craft Beer, Food and alternative art worlds.

Enthusiasts familiar with art toys will have the chance to meet some of the world’s most iconic artists and brands like Huck Gee, Instinctoy, Kidrobot, James Groman, Jason Freeny, Ron English, Super7, Tara McPherson, and Mighty Jaxx on the show floor. Tickets to Five Points also include access to a gathering of some of NYC’s outstanding craft breweries and food trucks serving during all regular Festival hours. VIP Ticket holders will gain special early access privileges each day of the Festival, as well as entry to Friday night’s Designer Toy Awards.

Designer Toy Awards @ the Brooklyn Bazaar - Friday, June 1st at 7pm
Five Points Festival: Saturday, June 2nd from 11am - 6pm and Sunday, June 3rd form 11am - 5pm (Doors Open at 10am for VIP's).

 

Cost:

Saturday Only Admission: $30*
Sunday Only Admission: $25*
Weekend Pass: $40*
VIP Pass: $125

*Early bird rates

Aim, Destroy, Transform: Play for Change

Medialia Gallery and The Ethyr presents Space I: AIM, DESTROY, TRANSFORM: Play For Change: A group show of toys, games and figures. The exhibit takes place in NYC from November 4th through 25th 2017, with an opening reception on Saturday November 4th 2017 from 3PM to 6PM.

The artist list includes the following:

Nelson Asencio | Emily Bee | Selina Briggs | Ryan Crippen | Brumsic Brandon Jr. | Barbara Brandon-Croft | Kenya Danino | André LeRoy Davis | Eric Nocella Diaz | T. N. Donahue | Emily Engel/Lil' Bernie | Asaf Harari | Rodney Jackson | Jai Jai Hooray | Kays Customz | Kilroy III | Mshindo Kuumba I. | Lottie Dolls | My Family Builders/Eze Karpf | Vanessa Ramirez | SpellDoctor | Taylored Curiosities | Grey Williamson | Onjena Yo and more

 

Subconscious Dwellings from Taylored Curiosities

Penny Taylor (Taylored Curiosities) will have her first solo show opening that will take place on the October 27th 2017 from 3PM to 9PM at Onca Gallery in Brighton. Subconscious Dwellings will feature seven handmade and furnished houses on display and available for purchase. Each house is £200 (about $265).

Subconscious Dwellings is my personal exploration of our inner minds. We are all unique and therefore it makes sense that our subconscious minds are also unique. Maybe yours is a bit of a circus and you feel that you have to constantly perform to those around you so they don't see how low you really are. Maybe yours is a safe, sleepy cocoon of a dwelling that you can send yourself into and switch off for a while to cope with everything happening around you. Each 'dwelling' is set up to be a functional, art dollhouse, whilst also being a unique piece of handmade art.

 

Bob Conge takes part in the Sacred Curiosities show

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