Earlier this month the word spread about another KAWS large-scale 16-foot-tall “Passing Through” Companion was getting ready to occupy Philadelphia 30th Street Station. Here is a picture of the new and nearly completed “Passing Through” Companion which will be part of a larger exhibition for the Sculpture Plinth Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) set to open in October 2013. KAWS’ Companion has made many stops so far including unveilings in Connecticut, New York, Georgia and Texas. Keep your eyes peeled for the complete statue this Summer! Check out the full picture below.
French street artist Fafi from the city of Toulouse has been plastering her voluptuous females called the “Fafinettes” in the streets of cities all over the world since the early 90′s. Since then Fafi has collaborated with companies such as Adidas, LeSportsac, Coca Cola and many more. Fafi’s latest venture is with Undiz.com a European underwear company for a colorful line of panties, bras, boxers, boy shorts and camisoles. My personal favorite is the black and white comic theme set! These limited edition pieces are available online for pre-order and international shipping! What do you think of Fafi?
I never understood what all the hype was about regarding Kiehl’s products other than they became very popular practically over night. I guess collaborating with big names like KAWS and Jeff Koons for Limited Edition “cremes” probably helped. Another artist to add to the rooster this holiday season. Is Pop Surrealist Kenny Scharf whose art will grace the “men who moisturize” fanclub with his piece “Globo Mundo” which will adorn Kiehl’s bottles. Profits from Scharf’s collection will support RxArt. You can get these now through Kiehl’s site now. Lotions starting from $30 to $75 USD.
Recently I noticed that Ron English’s site POPaganda, release’s a limited edition print on the third Thursday of every month. I know its the end of the month. But his current piece of collectible art “Cartoon Colored SpongeBob” is still available. This is a great piece especially if you are SpongeBob SquarePants fanatic. The piece is a limited edition screen print, 60 copies, signed, numbered. With a photographic background and a black and white line drawing of SpongeBob which has been hand coloured by Ron English. Priced is about $300.00.
Domo Arigato is an online exhibition by Russian illustrator Magomed Dovjenko also known as Mago. Using iconic Japanese anime characters: Totoro, Astro Boy, Hello Kitty, Doraemon,Sonic, Sailor Moon, Son Goku and Pokémon fusing them with all over body art that include luxury fashion and street-wear brand names. Featuring Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Martin Margiela, Gucci, Stussy and YSL, COMME des FUCK DOWN in mashable black and white character design. Which one is your favorite? I personally like the Pokémon and Sailor Moon one the best! check out all the characters below. All they are missing is some Gundam and One Piece action right?
Check out the preview for the new upcoming OriginalFake KAWS Companion entitled “Resting Place.” Unlike majority of the Companion toy, releases that feature a standing Companion. This one has a more relaxed, sitting style, similar to maybe the “thinking position” was first to come to mind. Half of the Companions body is a diagram of of his meaty skeletor insides while the other half is flesh and dressed. The first release will be made through a lucky draw. Tickets will be available starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2012 at the OriginalFake Store in Aoyama, Tokyo.
Check out these neat wheat-paste promotional posters for the upcoming animated comedy-horror flick ParaNorman that were seen on 28th and West 7th Chelsea area in New York City these posters are by Graham Erwin for ParaNorman/ Weirdwins. I like this campaign they are very artsy. Not like your average dramatic movie poster. What do you think? Laika’s ParaNorman hits theaters August 17, 2012. Check out more pictures below.
Continuing with the street-art theme from the post. I found out that Ron English latest Propaganda victim is none other than Bubbles from the hit TV series The Powerpuff Girls. Created by Craig McCracken in the early 90′s the show ran on Walt Disney Television (1998-2002) and then Cartoon Network Studios (2002-2005). I was quite sad when the show ended I miss that whole Cartoon Network block especially Samurai Jack. Anyway the Ron English creation makes Miss Bubbles the once precious, sensitive one made up of sugar, into a strikingly more voluptuous and alienated creature. I am not sure when this piece hits stores as of yet but I will keep you posted. I’m sure knowing English’s style there will be a few different variations to this collectors toy. I also remember a while back that English did an Abject Expressionism rendering of Blossom (posted below) I guess he has a thing for these girls!
Leon Keer is back on the streets…literally. You may recognize Leon Keer‘s name from the “NO REAL THAN YOU ARE”, “Ego Leonard” scandal. When a 8-foot-tall, 100-pound fiberglass statue Lego Man was discovered on the Siesta Key Beach in Florida last November it made local and national headlines. Keer was in the area doing another street-art sidewalk-chalk mural of an army of 3D LEGO men when he was linked to the plot. His current sidewalk-chalk mural (shown above) is in Venlo, The Netherlands. Inspired by 80′s popular Arcade game Pac-Man. Again he uses the street as his canvas and chalk as his medium. To make this incredible 3D Pac-Man street-mural. Fantastic. Check out more pictures below.
Long time street-wear/skateboarding company Stussy and Canadian animator John Kricfalusi (a.k.a John K) These two nostalgic icons of my 80′s/90′s youth have teamed up to produce a new line of retro graphic t-shirts. Based off Kricfalusi’s The Ren & Stimpy Show from 1991 which premiered on Nickelodeon’s “Nicktoons” along with Rugrats and Doug. The shirts drew inspiration from the in-show commercials which played within the Ren & Stimpy show. The collection is now available online and in store through Stussy outlets. There are four shirts in the collection, all come in black and white variations: Trust The Rat Tee; Chainsaw Tee; Kaspar Tee; Sody Surf Tee. Check out the full collection below.