100% Soft “Lil MacGuffins” at Bottleneck Gallery

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Mac·Guf·fin: An object or device in a movie or a book that serves merely as a trigger for the plot

On September 12, 100% Soft‘s newest exhibition “Lil MacGuffins” opens at Bottleneck Gallery. “Lil MacGuffins” features pieces inspired by his favorite cinematic objects of desire, like the orb in Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Or the $2 Million Dollars in No Country for Old Men.

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Nathan Junior from Raising Arizona

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The statue in The Maltese Falcon

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The NOC List in Mission Impossible

100% Soft will have 10 new pieces in this exhibition; each 6″ x 6″ piece comes in an edition of 25. The opening reception takes place Friday, September 12 (7-10pm EST), and online sales begin on Saturday, September 13 (12pm EST).

Giant Robot Presents Ako Castuera “Banana Flats”

Ako Castuera Banana Flats

On September 13, Giant Robot is proud to present Banana Flats, an exhibition featuring new work by Ako Castuera. I was really impressed by “They Are Us” her last solo show at GR2, and I anticipate being awestruck once again.

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There are no Bananas in Banana Flats. “Banana Flats” is an idea for a place where the mind is free.

It’s a land of non-geographical dimensions, a twilight zone of creative energy where nature and imagination come into synthesis. It is an environment capable of supporting an abundance of life, impossible for us to witness from Earth except through a portal of artistic expression. Fragile but tenacious, the inhabitants of Banana Flats live all around us, in a state of lively suspension until they are channelled by a sympathetic human who will provide them with a body.

Ako Castuera Snake Lion

The exhibition “Banana Flats” is the first recorded gathering of these bodies, brought into our dimension by the sculptural exertions of artist Ako Castuera. To the average eye, they will look like colorful anthropomorphic sculptures made from a range of clays from locally dug earth to the finest porcelain. Over a time of 9 months, Ms. Castuera has provided ceramic bodies to scores of distinct entities from Banana Flats.

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On Earth, shadows are cast by objects. In Banana Flats, it’s the other way around. Our earth shadows project objects into an imaginary world. Our biggest shadows are cast by the abuse humans inflict on each other and on our planet. These shadows crush all kinds of life, making it seem like we are not connected, like we have broken apart and will never come together again. The clay forms from Banana Flats are opposite reactions to the big shadows of Earth. They are small, but in their humble way they have the potential to keep us connected to each other and our humanity.

“Banana Flats” opens at GR2 on Saturday, September 13 with a reception from 6:30 – 10pm. The show runs through October 1.

Joss Whedon x Gallery1988

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Joss Whedonites, this show is just for you! Joss Whedon x Gallery1988 opens at Gallery1988 (West) on September 5 with a reception from 7-10pm. Check out 100% Soft’s tribute to “Cabin in the Woods.” (Full disclosure: I haven’t seen this movie yet, but this piece makes me want to!)

Joey Spiotto Buffy

Here is Joey Spiotto‘s tribute to our favorite vampire slayer. He will have two other pieces in the show and prints will be available. The Joss Whedon tribute show will run through September 27.

Save the Date! Misha Lulu presents “Life’s Adventures & Mysteries”

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On September 13, Misha Lulu presents “Life’s Adventures & Mysteries” at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland. Come investigate and explore new art, jewelry, accessories, dolls, and other curiosities inspired by their latest clothing collection.

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The show includes collaborations with MIKODESIGN, Gracie Miller, and Cakies. Here is a sneak preview of a handmade doll by MIKODESIGN.

For updates, follow #MishaLuluArtShow on Instagram or RSVP to the Facebook event page.

Gallery Nucleus Presents: ‘Hug Machine’ with Scott C. and ‘Happy As Kings’ with Cuddly Rigor Mortis

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On September 6, join Scott C at Gallery Nucleus where he’ll be signing copies of his new children’s book, Hug Machine! Written and illustrated by the artist, this charming story will leave you with the warm fuzzies and eager to share some hugs. View the original watercolor illustrations from the book and enjoy an obstacle course of embraces that will lead you to an incredible hug and photo-op with The Hug Machine himself! Plus, enjoy some of the Hug Machine’s favorite fuel for his hugging sprees: PIZZA!

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That very same evening Nucleus will also be exhibiting Happy As Kings, a new collection of playfully fun works by Cuddly Rigor Mortis. Inspired by the Robert Louis Stevenson poem, “Happy Thought”, the artist introduces us to a group of gleeful royals that find happiness in the ordinary yet wonderful things in life.

There will be refreshments, food (huggable pizza and royally delectable ice cream for Hug Machine and Happy As Kingsattendees, respectively) as well as themed activities for our guests on opening night, so visitors are urged to arrive promptly at 7pm or a little bit earlier in order to enjoy the full itinerary of event highlights.

For more information, visit these links: Hug Machine by Scott C. | Happy as Kings by Cuddly Rigor Mortis