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Five Points Festival: The Mother of All Photo Recaps is Here!

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All Photos By Gail

If you happen to be a fan of character-based, pop culture collectibles — which includes dozens of items encompassing such must-haves as enamel pins, plushies, art toys, limited edition / designer vinyl toys and action figures, monsters, model kits, art prints, novelties and seemingly endless subcategories of amazing swag — then the Five Points Festival, which took place in Greenpoint, Brooklyn over the weekend of June 2nd and 3rd, 2018 is the only place you want to be. There’s a lot to distill in this recap, so we are going to get right to it. If you weren’t at Five Points Fest, here is just some of what you missed!

Kidrobot Booth

You can’t really talk about Five Points Fest without at least mentioning Kidrobot, acknowledged worldwide as the premier manufacturer and retailer of limited edition art toys, signature apparel and lifestyle accessories. Their booth was crammed full of goodies like these pocket collectibles.

Andy Warhol Dunny
Andy Warhol Dunny Series 2

Andy Warhol Brillo Box
Andy Warhol Brillo Box Object Series

Kathie Olivas Dark Harbor

Artists Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters have designed a new mini figure series called Dark Harbor, which Kidrobot manufacturers and distibutes. We’ve been fans of Kathie’s work forever, so these super cute little guys are fun to see!

Sad Salesman Banner

Eric Althin’s Sad Salesman designer toy and vinyl collection started as a labor of love and has grown into a family of endearing characters inspired in part by Eric’s young son and daughter.

Dessert Oracle

The Dessert Oracle came home with me to join my collection!

Pink Astral Wizard

Eric’s Pink Astral Wizard (created in a now sold-out limited edition just for this show) also won Sad Salesman an award for Breakthrough Artist! Congratulations!

Breakthrough Artist Award

Jim McKenzie in his Booth

Jim McKenzie is a formerly New York-based artist who has enjoyed great success with his unique hybrid character creations such as the Pumpkin CrabRacoonicorn and the Pugglepillar, as well as his adorable Scarecrow who is, literally, scared of crows. Jim recently relocated to live the dream out in Burbank, California so we were happy to catch up with him at Five Points Fest!

Racoonicorn
Racoonicorn

Jim painstakingly hand sculpts all of his creations.

Pink Scarecrow
Limited Edition Pink Scarecrow

Octopump

He also does amazing digital paintings. Jim McKenzie!

Frank Ape Booth

Frank Ape is another character that has evolved from the street to the merchandise market thanks to the innovative vision of his creator, Brandon Sines.

Frank Ape Onesie

Here is Geoffrey hanging out with Frank Ape on the exhibit hall floor. Hilarious.

Geoffrey and Frank Ape

Matthew Lineham

Do you like Rock Stars? I get yer Rock Stars right here. Meet Matthew Lineham, who makes all kinds of wildly collectible merchandise featuring his own charicatures of famous rock stars from back when pop music did not yet suck. His shit is the shit.

David Bowie Valentines

Check out these David Bowie Valentine Cards, which are just insane.

M Lineham Art

Robert Smith T Shirt

If I was a person who still bought T Shirts, I would have to own this Halloween-themed Robert Smith design for sure. Twenty Bucks? What a bargain! I hope that you are doing a Google on Matthew’s website (M Lineham Art) right now because I am not going to make it easy for you by adding any hyperlinks to this post. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Jellykoe

Husband a wife team Kelly and J. Spencer Shill work with both original and appropriated characters for their Jellykoe line of prints and soft toys. Do you like Uglydolls? Check out these out Mini Monsters that Kelly sews from Spencer’s original designs. Ugly Cuddly!

Ron Swanson
Ron Swanson’s Meat Palace

Ron Swanson Fans: this one needs to go in your TV room right now. And this Pennywise poster; just brilliant.

Pennywise

Pidgin Dolls

Move over, Barbie and make way for Pidgin, the fabulous creation of New York sculptor and doll maker Joshua David McKenney.  A reinvention of the fashion doll, Pidgin is a medium for the language of style! All dolls begin life from an identical sculpt, and are then hand painted and styled by Joshua, so that no two are alike. The dolls have ball joints, so they’re fully posable and can be interacted and played with, as well as being a unique work of art!

Pidgin Doll

Beautiful!

Naoshi Booth

If you were at the fabulous Ramones and the Birth of Punk Exhibit out at the Queens Museum a couple of years ago, then you may have seen the art of Naoshi, who created a very memorable Kawaii-influenced picture of the band!

Ramones By Naoshi
Ramones By Naoshi

Naoshi Art

Naoshi also works with sand (called Sunae in Japan) to create colorful tiny pictures, and makes enamel pins of her characters. Oh, the cuteness. You can find her shop on Etsy.

Tara McPherson
Posters By Tara McPherson

Five Points Festival proved to be an ideal place to pick up original paintings, drawings and other unique wall art that you’d otherwise have to scour dozens of galleries to find — if you could find them at all, because a lot of these guys are underground, baby!

Art By Justin Lieter

Look at this cool and affordable Monster art by Justin Lieter! You can see the top of Justin’s head behind the number 5 on the Kewties sign!

Sharpy

Do you like Sharks? I sure do. This awesome grinning shark character is the signature creation of the street artist known as Sharpy. I think his work is just fantastic.

Chil Pepper By Mike Grossman
Chil Pepper By Mike Grossman

Chil Pepper (which, genius) is the creation of Mike Grossman and is part of his Goofy Froot series of anthropomorphic fruit characters. Yes, I just typed that.

Christian Hooker Monroe Eyeball

Okay, how great is this unintentional homage to The Residents? An artist named Christian Hooker (real name? Likely not) took one of photographer Gene Korman’s most iconic images of Marilyn Monroe ever, photoshopped out her face and replaced it with a giant, flame-encircled eyeball. It is so many kinds of brilliant.

Live Painting Event

Many of the artists in attendance participated in a Live Painting Event, where each artist created an original spray paint artwork on-the-fly!

Jim and Chris Paint

Here are Chris RWK and Jim McKenzie in action!

Jim and Chris Paint 2

Here are Chris and Jim again, a little bit farther along!

Glazed and Confused Mini Donuts

It was fun to watch the artists paint while enjoying tasty snacks from a selection of food trucks, like these mini donuts from Glazed and Confused!

Glazed and Confused Truck

Live Paintings

All the paintings were auctioned off, with all proceeds going to benefit Planned Parenthood! Excellent!

Meow 3D Printed Planters

We saw many very cool examples of toys and other merchandise made via the magic of 3D Printing, such as these adorable little planters from Meow 3D Printing! Check out the Pink Hedgehog!

3D Mucky Chris Bat Buddha

You’ve seen his Batman Buddha on Worley Gig before, but were you aware that the artist known as 3D Mucky Chris has created an entire universe populated with Buddha-fied versions of many of your favorite sci-fi characters? It’s true!

3D Mucky Chris Buddha Mash Ups

Tardigrade Small Figure

The Tardigrade is an actual Living Thing That Exists, and now DoomCo Designs have created a Tardigrade character for all of you Tardi-fans. His name is Tarbus and he comes in variety of colors and two sizes!

Tardigrade Large Figure

Big Ten Inch Tarbus!

Tardigrade Enamel Pins By Doom Co Designs

Tardi-great is more like it!

Here’s a bunch of other random stuff we liked enough to snap a photo (or two). Enjoy!

Mister Self Indulgence (Cherry Flavor edition) by Nouar

Is this the cutest thing in the universe or what? Presenting Mister Self Indulgence (Cherry Flavor edition) by Nouar (Martian Toys).

Mister Self Indulgence and Lil Scoopy

Mister Self Indulgence (a cherry pie with a chubby-cheeked grin who is poised to eat a slice of his own head) is a soft vinyl figure and he comes accompanied by his friend Lil’ Scoopy, who is a dish of ice cream. So cute, I can’t even live.

Mister Self Indulgence

I am dead now, from the cuteness.

Pink Wookie Cosplayer By Nick C Kirk

Artist Nick C. Kirk made this Pink Wookie character based on his photo of an actual Cosplayer whose likeness can be seen on the box.

GWAR Comics

GWAR Comics. I am speechless.

Pork Dumpling Display
Pork Dumpling Pocket Toy

Topic: The Japanese have too much time on their hands. Discuss.

Pork Dumpling

“Do Not Eat Me.”

This Shit Blinks KT Ferris Creations Jewely

Since art toy obsession is a legitimate lifestyle, you need some accessories to help you rock the look, amirightKT Ferris Creations (#ThisShitBlinks) is  a line of handcrafted Jewelry featuring hyperrealist doll eyes that open and close with the movement of the jewelry. Lovely and Disquieting!

Handbags By Marzipan Physics

We like these handbags by Marzipan Physics! Stylish!

Marzipan Physics

Mr.DEATH 2nd color Version

Do you like Monsters? I got yer Monsters right here. This guy is called Mr. Death (2nd color Version) designed by  Rockin’ Jelly Bean for their  Freaky Monster Village series (sold by Black Book Toys).

Lonely Monster Toys By Elliot Lobell

Here’s a Pink Monster from Lonely Monster Toys By Elliot Lobell.

Zombie Alex InstincToy

Zombie Alex from InstincToy is due for release in October 2018.

Mothership Toy Gallery

I don’t know this little guy’s name, but he looks like some kind of Monster Travelling Salesman,  and he is just fantastic-looking! I found him at the booth for Mothership Toy Gallery.

Grinning Horns

Mummy Spice Version of King Creepy By Richard Strohmeyer.

One of a Kind Figures By Emilio Subira

One-of-a-Kind Figures by Emilio Subira (those that did not sell at Five Points Fest are available online from Mothership Toy Gallery).

JPK Jon-Paul Kaiser Captain Sturnbrau

I am pretty sure this Pirate Dude is called Captain Sturnbrau and he is by JPK, which are the initials of toy designer Jon-Paul Kaiser. Aaargh!

Clutter Display Wall

Before I forget, I  must give a shout out to Five Points Festival’s primary sponsor, Clutter, which is the world’s premier magazine and media source for Designer Toys, and the originator of the Designer Toy Awards, as well as having a gallery dedicated to art toys, and doing custom manufacturing on-demand!

Clutter Toys

Thanks to Clutter for all that they do to support the community! See you next year for another rad Five Points Festival!

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Pop Artist Jim McKenzie Announces Art Tutorial Video Series: Makin’ Things!

Jim McKenzie With Scarecrow
Artist and “Young Paul McCartney” Impersonator Jim McKenzie, with his Scarecrow Creation (Image Source)

Regular readers of this rad blog may already be familiar with the New York Art Scene’s Favorite Teen Idol, AKA Jim McKenzie, because we’ve written about his amazing art Here and Here. Jim creates sculptures of whimsical hybrid creatures not entirely dissimilar to the work of Ron English, whom we also love. Now, Jim is bringing the love back to his fans with a weekly how-to video series called Makin’ Things With Jim McKenzie. Check out the Video Preview below:

Oh boy oh boy, this sounds like fun. Jim will debut the first episode of Makin’ Things with Jim McKenzie this coming Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, which will be airing on his personal pages at Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram! Produced by Aardman Nathan Love and Aardman Animations, Makin’ Things is an informative art web series that dives deep into the processes of creating wondrous works of art. Jim will be covering all sorts of art-making topics, such as sculpting, drawing, painting, and even how to critique your own work. Get your clay, paints, and pencils out and follow along at home every Saturday morning at 8AM EST.

Watch and participate in Makin’ Things at any of the Internet-based locations listed below:

http://www.youtube.com/user/JimMcKenzie
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialJimMcKenzie
http://www.instagram.com/JimMcKenzie

Even if you don’t want to make any art, you can watch it with the sound off, and still enjoy Makin’ Things, because, gee wiz, what a handsome man he is. Jim McKenzie!

Last Weekend to See Stephen Romano’s Materia Prima at Blam Projects

Installation View
All Photos By Gail

Oops. This is what happens when you are distracted by a neo-fascist stealing a national election, accompanied with the onset of the holiday season and other various mind-numbing events: you neglect to blog about an art exhibit until it’s nearing its very last day of installation. My bad!

Crowd Scene
Materia Prima Opening Reception

In my defense, the exhibit just opened on November 4th, and three weeks does not seem like very long for something that, arguably, should be up for at least 4 to 6 weeks, amigright? Sure I am. Anyway, Materia Prima, curated by Stephen Romano, whose eponymous gallery is still without a permanent home, collects a de rigueur thematic presentation of art depicting sex, death, horror, spirituality and other ethereal and metaphysical delights from artists near and far, including:

Alexis Karl, Sarah Zar, Hanna Jaeun, Nyahzul Blanco, Barry William Hale, Dolorosa De La Cruz, Alessandro Sicioldr, Linnea Strid, Colin Christian, Lena Viddo, Gigi Chen, Erin O’Shea, Steven Bradshaw, Samuel Gliner, Damien Michaels, Cendrine Ravoni, Ken Weaver, Jel Ena, Teiji Hayama, John D. Monteith, Ray Robinson, P54, Jaya Suberg, Erna KD, Charlotte Rodgers, Steven Baines, Luke Grochocki, Orryelle Defenestrate, Inge Vandormael, Cecilia Avendaño Bobillier, Marko Velk, Travis Lawrence, Judith Vergara García, William Blayney AW Sommers, Brian Sparrow, William Mortensen, Lori Field, Charles Dellschau, Jacob Bohme, and Darcilio Lima

Check out some of our favorite pieces!

Looking for Magic Gigi Chen
Left: Savages By Lori Field. Right: Looking for Magic By Gigi Chen

Lori Field Savages
Savages By Lori Field

I finally got to meet artist Lori Field at the opening reception after worshiping her art for two years. Everything she does is genius. Also, she is super nice.

Steven Baines Ready For The Sun
Steven Baines, Ready For The Sun

Black Sculptures

I don’t know they name of the artist of the works above, but they are pretty cool. I am sure that Stephen will tell me and then I can add it later. Because, the Internet!

Erin Oshea Lil Buddy
Erin Oshea, Lil Buddy

This one is adorable.

Druids

I like these Druid guys.

Installation View

Ken Weaver 1000 Years After I Am Gone
Ken Weaver, 1000 Years After I Am Gone

This hyper-realist portrait from Ken Weaver looks like it was inspired by a character in a Rob Zombie-directed film.

Occult Sex Japanese Sexploitation Film Poster Directed-by Shinya Yamamoto Starring Yuki Minami 1974
Occult Sex Japanese Sexploitation Film Poster Directed-by Shinya Yamamoto Starring Yuki Minami, 1974

Japanese Movie Program For Suspiria By Dario Argento 1977
Japanese Movie Program For Suspiria By Dario Argento, 1977

Jel Ena Madea
 Madea By Jel Ena

Hanna Jaeun Tentacle Girl
Hanna Jaeun, Tentacle Girl

Materia Prima Ends Sunday, Saturday November 27th! Blam Projects is Located at 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY.

Materia Prima Signage

Two Monkeys

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Jim McKenzie’s Lost Magic Comes to at LA’s Copro Gallery June 4th!

Pugglepillar By Jim McKenzie
Pugglepillar By Jim McKenzie

The New York Contemporary Art Scene’s very own Teen Idol,  Jim McKenzie, will launch his first solo exhibit at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica on June 4th, and if you are anywhere near LA, you had better plan to be there!  Lost Magic will feature  a collection of Jim’s Pop Surrealist sculptures that must be seen to be believed.  Jim’s creations for Lost Magic include seemingly fun and playful characters such as a Scarecrow with an ironic phobia of crows,  a half-raccoon, half-unicorn appropriately named Raccoonicorn, as well as a variety of other brightly hued animal hybrids. Despite their candy-color coating, the pieces of Lost Magic were crafted with a darker undertone in mind. Jim explains, “I wanted to showcase the intersection where beauty and sadness intertwine within. I’ve chosen to create contrasting hybrids and, though they have these brilliant colors and seemingly majestic qualities, ultimately, they are all outcasts. This show is for those who’ve lost touch with the magic this world has to offer and for those who still want to see it.”

Watch Jim in the process of creating a few of the fantastic pieces that you will see in this show, in the theatrical trailer below:

Jim McKenzie – “Lost Magic” Theatrical Trailer

Jim McKenzie’s Lost Magic will be on Exhibit from June 4th Through July 2nd, 2016, with the Opening Reception on Saturday June 4th from 8:00 – 11:30 PM. Copro Gallery is Located at 2525 Michigan Ave. T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Pink Thing of The Day: Gut Guy!

Gut Guy

Hey what’s up. Have you seen those Xifaxan commercials with the little animated wad of intestines? Whenever I see that commercial, I want to barf, because he is made to personify diarrhea. Hilariously, I recently found out that the Intestines Man is actually called Gut Guy, and — surprise! — he was created by an artist whom I actually know in real life: Jim McKenzie. Actually, Jim is not the sole creator of Gut Guy, but he contributed in the design process, which was a group effort with his team at Aardman Nathan Love!

While looking at Gut Guy still makes me feel queasy,  I am so happy for Jim, who is also known as the New York Art Scene’s Favorite Teen Idol, because he is just so super talented, quite clever and adorable, not to mention, but you can see I am about to, very easy on the eyes.

Jim and Gut Guy

Look at that face. I took this photo of Jim at a recent art opening. You can see he is quite proud of Gut Guy, even wearing a pin of its likeness on his jacket lapel. See more of the art of Jim McKenzie at Jim McKenzie Dot Net!