RZA | Murs | Bizarre Ride/Delicious Vinyl | Chuck D | House Shoes | Bootsy Collins
Jonathan Emile & Kendrick Lamar | MIDI Mafia | Honey Cocaine | Rick Allen (Def Leppard)
Jonezen & Gucci Mane | Substance Abuse & Tash of Tha Liks | Planet Asia| Cab Cabernet
Les Claypool of Primus | Victor Wooten | Stanley Clarke | DJ Nu-Mark | Strong Arm Steady
Rockie Fresh | Exile | Thurz | Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction) | Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses)
Toy Art Gallery | R&R Gallery | Rapper Big Pooh & Phife Dawg | 9th Wonder | Fashawn
Verdine White (Earth Wind & Fire) | Super Mart Produce | Kill Paris | Sixo | Roc Marciano
Miz MAF & Freeway | DJ Rhettmatic | Phonte | Quickie Mart | Gypsyphonic Disko
Kurupt & Boldy James | Oh No & Guilty Simpson | Phil The Agony | Shabaam Sahdeeq
China Mac & Jadakiss | Mr. Complex | Radioinactive | Sick Jacken | John Robinson
Myka Nyne | S.O.U.L. Purpose | Ricky B | Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone)
Hasan Salaam & Immortal Technique | Rheteric Ramirez | IamOmni | Yamin Semali | DJ Babu
V. Nova & Smif-N-Wessun | Bamboo Bros | Voice | Boycott Blues | Harn Solo | Pavy
Gotham Green, Kool G Rap & Nature | Lodeck & Omega One | Montage One | Signif
J. Rawls & Masta Ace | Maimouna Youssef | Menacin Johnson | J. Ivy | Self Scientific
Super Chron Flight Bros | Hieroglyphics | Black Silver, Ras Kass, Rakaa | Clan Destined
Paranoid Castle | Digi Crates | Jose Pasillas (Incubus) | Sonny Seeza (Onyx)
They have names like Lip Vagina Monster and Jumping Brain. They’re made by international artists, Hollywood filmmakers and millionaire executives with creative itches. They sell for thousands of dollars each, and go on to become worth many times more. And they’re toys. High-end, one-of-a-kind toys are the newest offshoot of the ‘low-brow’ art movement – riffs on underground, street and pop culture – born in 1970s Los Angeles. So it makes sense that Hollywood boasts the world’s first Toy Art Gallery, which will host the Red Carpet Kaiju Show on September 4th, featuring works from the likes of Akoart, Alimana, and Emilio Garcia, respected artists who will travel from Japan, Spain and Mexico to attend.
Prolific toy art collectors include Nike CEO Mark Parker, celebrated artist Mark Nagata, and TAG founder Gino Joukar, who opened the gallery not one year ago to share his passion with the world. Toy art is inspired by everything from old Japanese cartoons to music to politics. They’re a diverse bunch, comprising insiders from companies like Pixar and Upper Playground, to Radiohead cover designer Jermaine Rogers, to Carlos Enriquez Gonzalez, the Venezuelan artist whose customers include Jeff Koons, creator of the most expensive piece by a living artist ever auctioned ($25.7 million). As TAG expands into the production as well as the showcasing of toy art, Joukar has partnered with Gonzalez to bring his interpretations of the “collective unconscious” to the world. But where mos t toy art is made simply of vinyl or fiberglass, TAGTOYS use gold and diamonds to multiply their worth as well as their significance. “The antiques cultures uses the gold, precious metals and diamonds to represent their gods, not only because they were hard to find, but because they were symbols of the divinity,” Gonzalez explains.”
Toy Art Gallery is proud to present its newest group show, Red Carpet Kaiju. TAG will debut Gonzalez’ controversial “Hierophany” toy, and has invited some of the best monster and kaiju-inspired artists from around the world to showcase their unique visions and talents within this strange and wonderful sub-genre of art toys. Their work spans from production toys and hand-painted customs to unique sculptures made from a variety of mediums. Joukar and Gonzalez will also be debuting TAGTOYS with sneak previews of new figures made in luscious Japanese soft vinyl. Opening reception is September 4th from 7-11 PM, with artists in attendance, music, drinks, a food truck, giveaways and more.
Toy Art Gallery
737 Seward St. #1 (right off Melrose Ave)
Los Angeles, CA 90038
TF: (877) 910-TOYS (8697)
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He built with rappers in Palestine, then dropped a single with MC Serch and Jewish rapper Sneakas. He went to war over the keffiyeh trend on the internet leaks Lesson A and B (with Q-Tip). He started JumpOff TV’s weekly Walking Blog, where he breaks down the week in NY hip-hop in song form. Now NJ emcee Mazzi presents The Inspection.
Likwit Crew/Gold Chain Military secret weapon Montage One steps out the shadows this year with his debut solo album 10.6.2.OGX on Stimulus One/RBC. Features production from Madlib, E-Swift, Alchemist, Evidence, OhNo, DJ Babu, Jake One, DJ Revolution, and cameos from Little Brother, Strong Arm Steady, Foreign Exchange, WildChild, Dilated Peoples and Defari. ‘Nuff said. EPK above, and first single “Blood Lust” featuring TriState and Planet Asia available for stream here and download here.
Bootsy’s Funk U, a virtual campus featuring exclusive lectures, discussions and exercises, is as unorthodox and intriguing as the artist himself. The pioneering class accesses new content each day consisting of lectures and discussions by Professor Bootsy relating to his own knowledge of the bass and funk theory culled through his more than 40 years of work. Students are also accessing highly intimate lectures and conversations with one of the most impressive assemblies of musical visionaries in one online location. Highly affordable, F.U. offers monthly access to the most comprehensive bass community and learning environment the world has seen, for the average cost of one in-person bass lesson.
In year 1, scheduled appearances include special guest professors like Les Claypool, Meshell Ndegeocello, Victor Wooten, John B. Williams, Divinity Roxx, Dennis Chambers, Thee Ram Jam, Frankie “Kash” Waddy, Bakithi Kumalo, P-Nut, Catfish Collins, Blackbyrd McKnight, and Billy Bass. Independently, each guest will synthesize their decades of invaluable experience into a series of discussions, lessons and exercises on bass and rhythm all within the classrooms section of the site. In Bootsy’s Lecture Hall, Bootsy will provide extensive lectures on funk, the bass, and his library of genre-defining work. The library at Funk U houses a wealth of multimedia learning content, from video and audio to gear tutorials. Staff reviews of students’ performance will be conducted periodically, and professors will also hold office hours to answer students’ questions. Bootsy’s Funk University is produced by SceneFour, the notorious L.A. creativity house responsible for projects with Al Gore’s Current TV, MTV-U, Nine Inch Nails, the RZA, Marilyn Manson, The Pixies, and Beck.
Enrollment is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested players are encouraged to sign up for exclusive information at thefunkuniversity.com.
On midnight January 1, Victory Or Death, the highly limited fine art piece conceptualized and starring the RZA of multi-platinum hiphop group Wu-Tang Clan, was made available to the public. The piece is a Wu-styled interpretation of Emanuel Leutze’s iconic painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware, with RZA replacing Washington, and the GZA and the late Old Dirty Bastard as his right-hand men. Each painting contains a number of hidden elements that new owners are already scrambling to discover.
Victory Or Death comes in two collections. Prints in the Legacy Series measure 40” x 30”, and all carry RZA’s signature and handprints, applied in acrylic paint. All are numbered and signed in order of generation, and each come with a RZA image disc and authenticity placard. 300 prints exist in the Legacy Series. The 60 pieces in the Monument Series come with all the features of the Legacy, but the pieces contain a total of 50 hidden elements to the Legacy’s 36. Moreover, the Monument clocks in at two times the size – a whopping 80 x 60.
Village Voice (New York) proclaimed Victory Or Death “the greatest painting of 2010”. Of Victory, Pitchfork Media asked, “Is there anything RZA can’t do? (Rhetorical.)” The signup page features a snapshot of RZA posing alongside the piece, as well as a new promotional flash video. Victory Or Death is the flagship release from When Art Imitates Life (WAIL), the brainchild of Sway of MTV, Tech of the World Famous Wake Up Show, and Los Angeles creativity house Scene Four. Upcoming fine art projects from WAIL are said to include Bay Area gatekeepers Hieroglyphics, legendary DJ QBert and Shavo of System Of A Down.