After a successful first exhibit in 2015, Soft Vinyl Mayhem is back with a new gang of sofubi ready to take over Brisbane in September at "Soft Vinyl Mayhem 2"! You may not have heard the term "sofubi" before and that's one of the reasons why SVM exists - the exhibit aims to introduce this wild artform to Australian creatives.
Co-curated by Glenn Manders (Bad Teeth Comics), Jason Ramke (Derrr Toys) and Laced - Soft Vinyl Mayhem 2 is a showcase event full of independently made soft vinyl (sofubi) toys by designers from Japan, USA, Australia, China, and Europe. Friday 2nd of September will be a special preview night where people can view and learn more about the toys - asking the organizers for history behind the movement and background for any artists they are interested in. Saturday the 3rd of September will be when the "mayhem" begins as the week-long pop-up shop officially opens for business. As these are mostly one-off editions - people will be queueing up overnight to make sure they get first pick of these truly limited pieces.
Taking inspiration from vintage Godzilla and Ultraman vinyl toys from the 70s - a new wave of illustrators and designers have been creating their own toys using Japanese soft vinyl. These toys are hand-sculpted, hand-moulded, replicated by hand in small workshops and hand-painted - true works of art showing unlimited creativity and imagination. These are call-backs to the wild gross-out toys from the 80s with the individual artists personalities and style thrown into the mix.
Artists include: Amapro, Cometdebris, Cop A Squat Toys, Dehara Yukinori, Double Haunt, Elegab, Figlab, Galaxy People, Gargamel, Gravy Toys, Grumble Toy, Gumtaro, Hints and Spices, Kear Jun, Kenth Toy Works, Konatsu, Leeeeee Toy, Leo Sofvi Bouya, Maru San, Max Toy Co, Mutant Vinyl Hardcore, PLT Toys, Rampage Toys, RealxHead, Science Patrol, Shirahama Toy, Splurrt, Stkl Toy, Tan, Terrible Whore, Tru:Tek, Uamou, Uh Oh Toys, Ummikko, Violence Toy, Yokai Yu, Yamomark.
Soft Vinyl Mayhem 2 Preview Video
Soft Vinyl Mayhem (2015) Short Documentary
What: Soft Vinyl Mayhem 2 - Sofubi Toy Art Show
Where: Laced (Level 1, 35 Adelaide St, Brisbane, QLD)
When: 2nd - 4th September, 2016.
Friday 2nd September 6pm - 9pm -- Preview Night (no sales)
Saturday 3rd September 12pm - 5pm -- Sales Commence
Sunday 4th Sep - Saturday 10th Sep -- Exhibit Open to public