Toy Art Gallery is proud to present “Vivid Lucid Dream” The Sofubi of Mutant Vinyl Hardcore, Frenzy Bros., and Siccaluna! “Vivid Lucid Dream” offers collectors the chance to see the work and obtain one-of-a-kind vinyl figures from three of the biggest names in the modern soft vinyl toy scene. Distinguished for it’s craftsmanship and quality, Japanese soft vinyl, or “sofubi”, is the medium of choice for Richard Montanari and his Japanese toy brethren Siccaluna and Frenzy Bros.
Richard Montari of Mutant Vinyl Hardcore, or “LASH”, on his work:
“Mutant Vinyl Hardcore Toy Company, if summed up, is an eclectic mix heavily influenced by memories of Saturday morning cartoons, midnight horror movies, Japanese cinema and heavy metal fantasy art.
My goal is to bring the viewer back to a simpler time in life when you would see an object, a toy, and connect on an instinctual level. I want you to like what I present to you but are not really sure why. I want you to see the colors, shapes and sizes and just like it because it captures something in your childhood’s soul that is still there and just wants to come out to play.”
Similarly, Siccaluna is inspired by old-school Japanese “patchi” (bootleg) soft vinyl toys and nostalgic characters such as Tetsujin 28 (of which they also license and produce modern interpretations). The Frenzy Bros. are of a similar generation to Rich, being heavily influenced by early 80’s American toy brands such as Masters of the Universe.
Please join us on Saturday, October 27th from 7-10pm at Toy Art Gallery’s showroom located at 7571 Melrose Ave. Hollywood CA 90046. Refreshments will be provided.
‘Vivid Lucid Dream’ runs through November 17th.
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