If you haven't updated your Haves and your Wants on Rotocasted lately, you should stop by and check it out. It recently went from Alpha to Beta, and more features are on the way. If you're not familiar with Roto, it's an original idea by Russian artist, Sergey Safonov to harness the obsessiveness of the collecting community and create an art toy database. If you're not familiar with Sergey, he's having a banner week following the reveal of his Moon Fox photograph by Brian McCarty and an appearance on BoingBoing. Congrats, Sergey!
I've been addicted to Roto for several months, and Sergey bestowed upon me the title of Volunteer Librarian. You'll find some familiar names on Rotocasted: artists, toy shop owners, photographers, bloggers, folks you know from twitter and the boards... The best part for me is being able to have a visual representation of my collection wherever I've got an Internet connection. Also, when it comes to wheeling and dealing, I can save tons of keystrokes and just link to my Roto wishlist. Or, more specifically, does anybody out there need these, because I kind of have to get rid of them before my wedding next month...?
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Friday, September 18, 2009
If there's one single positive thing I can say about getting dupes when you buy a case of mini-figures, it's that sometimes you can send your extras to artists, and they will send you back a sweet custom. Such was the case with my extra Domo Qees and the kindly and talented Cris Rose. Don't you love this little guy? He's green, mossy and screwy. You can't beat that. Plus, Cris added a touch of his "Wallpaper Memories" styling in silver. All the other Domo Qees came out to rally around the new guy. (And I wonder why my toys smell like penny royal and cat pee?)
The Domo Qees are pretty rad as existing figures or in custom form. I got my case at a nice price from the Presto Gallery. I picked up the ones I was missing from Tenacious Toys (who didn't even charge extra for the rare ones, thanks Benny). Neon Monster in San Francisco may have them, too. Support your indie/local toy shops! And thanks Cris!
Fresh off yesterday's great news about Dustin Cantrell, comes an update on another custoMONDAY alum, the plushinator Lana Crooks. Lana's got an upcoming solo show featuring her great plush critters tacked up as trophies. Trophy opens September 26th at Chicago's OhNo!Doom Gallery. Not nearby? Look for them online, or if you're in the San Francisco area, stop by Rocketworld, where Patrick Ma has a nice Crooks Squid in his personal collection.
Here's the press release:
Enter the lodge and discover creatures you never new existed. Big game Baku, small game jackalope and a number of other ridiculous critters grace the trophy room’s walls. It’s Lana Crook’s new show, Trophy. Put down your musket, no animals have been harmed (or even taunted) in the making of this show. This solo exhibit features Lana’s new hand-made and one-of-a-kind sculptural plush works.
Lana, a self proclaimed “plushinator”, creates illustrative works with fabric. Most of her pieces hang on the wall, fixed in place, while others are free standing (or sitting) sculptural objects. One will still see some of Lana’s signature cephalopods but will also be exposed to a bevy of new creatures. Her new pieces have been inspired by folklore and a little twisted reality. Come by the gallery and warm yourself by the plush fire. Crooks’ Trophy opens September 26th 2009 (6-10pm) and will be up for viewing until October 20th at OhNo!Doom in Chicago, IL. Music provided by DJ Madrid.