The clear vinyl “Electro Tarbus” is filled with space junk and spiders. It has 2 internal motion activated color-changing LED units, is painted with see-thru Monster Kolor sprays, and comes signed by Bob.
New York City's transition into autumn is accompanied by prolonged darkness at nighttime and a crispness in the air. But this year, the season's arrival will also be heralded by the descent upon Brooklyn of "I can't stop the Monster I created," the first solo gallery exhibition of artist Aaron "Retroband" Moreno.
Known for projecting '70s and '80s horror film-fueled fantasies onto his vinyl-cast MEATS sculpture, Moreno's showcase will focus on renditions of this disquieting form. Manifesting through an impressive array of hand-painted/modified MEATS pieces, as well as an unprecedented selection of 'raw' unpainted versions, "I can't stop the Monster I created" will introduce the award-winning artist's newest interpretation of his monstrous character, one inspired by Japan's Ma-Ba Zombie toy line.
Also debuting at the exhibition is a 154-page retrospective titled "MEATS by Retroband," an art book from CoART Publications. Comprised mainly of specially-commissioned photographs by Bryan Sargent, this full-color monograph details every hand-painted/modified MEATS rendition by Moreno from the form's 2015 introduction until mid-2018.
With all available works sold on a first-come, first-served basis (initial limit of one piece and one book per person), Moreno's "I can't stop the Monster I created" is a free-to-the-pubic exhibition hosted at the Bottleneck Gallery contemporary art space — 60 Broadway in Brooklyn, NY — on Saturday, September 21st 2019 from 6PM to 9PM.
Photos: Bryan Sargent, © 2019 CoART Publications, a division of CoART Media, LLC
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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).
Saturday Only Admission: $30*
Sunday Only Admission: $25*
Weekend Pass: $40*
VIP Pass: $125
*Early bird rates
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