In September, Rotofugi (Chicago's premier vinyl shop) will host an art show unlike any seen before. As Mark Nagata, the show's curator, writes on his blog, the show will deal with "the current crop of vinyl makers and how they are all influenced ( directly or indirectly ) by Classic Bullmark and Marusan toys from Japan. It will be the first time a art show explores this connection plus show how US, Japanese and Global artists have taken those classic designs and morphed them into the current Kaiju Boom of toys."
Toy Karma opens on September 8 and will feature paintings, vinyl figures, and prints. Sounds amazing!
A lot of outstanding artists, including Mark, Cronic (Naoki Koiwa), Gargamel, Bwana Spoons, Blobpus, and many more will be part of the show.
A book introducing each artist will be released in conjunction with the show. I was honored to be asked to write the introduction for Cronic. From what I've seen, the book is going to be gorgeous, so make sure to check it out!
Here's the show's official webpage: www.maxtoyco.com/toy_karma/