December 10, 2010 - January 9, 2011Opening Reception
As innovators in Japan's thriving neo-kaiju (monster toy) scene Gargamel have spearheaded a growing movement to push soft vinyl (sofubi) toys into a genuine art form. Formed in 2002, and producing their own figures since 2003, Gargamel have continually pushed the boundaries of the new art of vinyl. Their role as frequent collaborators with artists in both Japan (such as Koji Harmon, aka Cometdebris) and in the United States have earned them not only respect, but a growing audience of international collectors.
Based in Tokyo, the members of Gargamel not only produce their own figures, but are all talented traditional artists in their own right, exhibiting in galleries around the globe. And as if that weren't enough, they also operate a flagship store/gallery in Tokyo, Thrash Out.
This is Gargamels's first exhibit at Rotofugi Gallery, though they have participated in previous exhibits such as our original Toy Karma exhibit in 2007.
In a break from our normal Preview List procedure, attendees of the opening reception will have first choice of both exhibit pieces and exclusive releases, beginning at 7PM. We're expecting a line-up for the available pieces, so be prepared to come early! We'll begin handing out line tickets at 11AM the day of the opening.
Remaining exhibit pieces and exclusives will be posted and offered to our Preview List members on
Saturday afternoon (December 11) as soon as we can get them photographed, so if you can't attend, be sure to sign up for the Previews List just in case any customs are still available after the opening. Thanks!