Posts Tagged ‘Tokyo’
KAWS' street hits were the freshest on the block back in '97 when an incredibly young-looking Brian Donnelley was getting busy on the billboards and bus stops of NYC and Tokyo on the regular. Here we see some rare footage of the youthful media manipulator on the go with commentary by fellow bomber RON ENGLISH...
Otaku MARK RYDEN fans got a much-needed dose of face time with their art idol in Tokyo last Saturday nite when his hotly anticipated new "Snow Yak Show" debuted at TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY. In attendance were longtime Ryden brothers-in-arms TIM BISKUP and GARY BASEMAN who helped their bearded elder celebrate in true snow yak style replete with fuzzy white headgear and ice cold hearts to boot. The sold out show of new oil paintings and drawings represents a stark aesthetic departure for the artist who leaves behind his trademark meat-laden painting style and ornate frames behind with this collection of minimalist new work.Read More
Masters of vinyl toydom TIM BISKUP and Tokyo's T9G teamed up to blow minds of Japanese collectors with their "T x T Project" of collaborative vinyl toys and new paintings from Mr Biskup that opened last weekend at STITCH GALLERY. Cobbling together new toys mad scientist style using the best parts (giblets included) from their own respective signature artist toys, the dynamic duo gave frenzied onlookers a glimpse of how cool the modern world of vinyl toys could be if places like Kid Robot didn't actually exist. Needless to say, the pair's legion of devoted fanboys and girls lined up for blocks to get a glimpse at the neon colored spectacle and snatch up newly released colorways of the pair's new collaborative production toy "Rangeas" which sold out instantaneously. Also of note was the sneek peek look at the new prototype of T9G's version of Tim Biskup's iconic "Helper" toy set to be released this spring. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Otaku toy collectors are rejoicing at the upcoming joint show at Tokyo hotspot STITCH between TIM BISKUP and mad scientist Japanese designer T9G (Ta-Ku-Ji) whose wild remixes of each other's iconic figures are poised to single-handedly breathe new life into the slumping vinyl toy genre. Dubbed the "T x T Project," the show will also feature a colorful array of brand new Tim Biskup Kaiju paintings alongside the release of several incredibly rare production vinyl toys and art prints created especially for the occasion. The jump-off is February 6th, frequent flying toy nerds best cash in their miles now. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Otaku MARK RYDEN fans clamoring for a close-up look at their messiah will have to head out to Tokyo next month to witness the opening of "The Snow Yak Show" in person on February 7 at TOMIYO KOYAMA GALLERY. The show features eight new paintings including "Sophia's Bubbles," a large-scale, 7 1/2 foot-wide piece that made its auspicious debut with Tomiyo Koyama at Art Basel Miami in late 2008, along with an array of smaller drawings and paintings studies. Most notable about these new pieces is Ryden's abrupt stylistic departure from the baroque detail of his previous works in favor of a more austere and minimal approach characterized by an icy cool color palette and nearly barren backgrounds. What's not captured in these accompanying photos, of course, is the incredibly delicate array of nuanced colors Ryden has layered in these deceptively simple portraits as well as a variety of distinct new textural surface treatments unseen in his previous work. It is (unfortunately for cash-strapped fans) a show that truly must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Expect full coverage of the event here on Supertouch as well as an interview with the elusive artist following the show's debut. For fans that simply can't wait for the show to open, a limited-edition print of his new "Fur Girl" painting is available NOW through PORTERHOUSE FINE ART. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
HONDA's wondrous soft glow-in-the-dark egg of a concept car with the dirtiest name of all time, the "PUYO," has been making the car show rounds for a minute now but our fascination remains undiminished. Created entirely without hard edges, inside and out, the new Japanese family commuter pod operates without a steering wheel (a gamer-friendly joystick handles the "directionality"), runs on an advanced hydrogen fuel cell, is enclosed by a totally transparent dome, is surrounded by a silicone "gel body" that literally glows in the dark, and contains an interior that spins a full 360 degrees so that the car never needs to reverse. It also flys and swims underwater. Not really, that doesn't kick in till the 2011 model. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Last week's opening of the low-fi spectacle of downtown outsider art that is BEAUTIFUL LOSERS at Tokyo's LaFORET MUSEUM in the hipster hotspot of Harajuku commemorated the Japanese premiere of the new "Beautiful Losers" documentary film and the beginning of the new NIKE SPORTSWEAR-sponsored "Make Something!" workshops. The show—smaller in scale than the full-scale exhibition currently on tour in Europe—included original art by Margaret Kilgallen, ESPO, Jo Jackson, Josh Lazcano (AMAZE), Alexis Ross of the Gents of Desire, Barry Mcgee (Ray Fong), Chris Johanson, Geoff McFetridge, Sean Barton, Shepard Fairey, Harmony Korine, Mike Mills, Thomas Campbell, and Ed Templeton, among others. Meanwhile, the "Make Something!" workshops hosted by Alexis Ross (Homemade Tattoos), Aaron Rose ( Zine Making), Sean Barton (Sign Painting), and Jo Jackson (Paper Mache Heads of World Leaders) gave the throng of eager Japanese fans something to do with their idle hands and deviant minds. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
In their ongoing graphics collaboration for ORIGINAL FAKE, Supertouch homies MARK DEAN VECA and Mr KAWS have again teamed up to bring you this hyperdetailed Veca-penned rendering of XX-eyed mastermind's classic Blitz bomb character. Look for it on T-shirts in Fall 2008. As for the original, you'll have to get an invitation to KAWS' house to see it on his wall...
Summer is almost here and after becoming a more scarce sight in recent years it's nice to see that the infamous "ROCKABILLY DANCERS" of Tokyo's YOYOGI OLYMPIC PARK are back in full effect. Convening in the park as a weekly Sunday ritual, for years these cartoon rockabilly heroes have set up camp in full gear complete with a throng of period-attired betties, custom cars, and a portable sound system pumping out high-octane vintage rockabilly to power their day-long Sha-Na-Na-worthy dance performances. Needless to say, it's a sight that must be witnessed in person to be believed. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As big companies struggle to find new ways to connect the dots between their brands and the art world, OG fashion giant CHANEL has boldly gone where few have been able to afford to go before and created their own incredible traveling UFO-like art museum dubbed the "CHANEL CONTEMPORARY ART CONTAINER" which has just touched down in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park near the hipster hub of the Harajuku subway station. And what does this incredible land-based flying object house, you might ask? Why an obligatory self-congratulating collection of original art pieces by 20 international artists including (among others) YOKO ONO, THE BLUE NOSES, DAVID LEVENTHAL, DANIEL BUREN, LEE BUL, NOBUYOSHI ARAKI, PIERRE et GILLES, and STEPHEN SHORE, of course, all paying homage to the couture house's signature product, the Chanel quilted purse. While we can think of fewer items less inspiring to build a traveling art exhibition around, we're more than impressed by architectural futurist ZAHA HADID's incredible modular spaceship-like structure that was commissioned by the company's chief creative director and resident Earthbound alien, KARL LAGERFELD. With stops scheduled in New York, London, Moscow, and Paris through 2010, there's a good chance a great deal of well-heeled aficionados will get their chance to prowl the pod's Kubrick-ian white corridors and possibly even be granted an audience with the mobile museum's resident MC, Hal. HAVE A LOOK: Read More