December 3rd, 2008 Through Jan 2009 Kaiju Monster Invasion at South Florida Art Center Featured Artists Ron English Coop Glenn Barr Mark Nagata Carlos Enriquez Gonzalez (Venezuela) Gargamel (Japan; Koji Harmon and Kiyoka Ikeda) Mitch O'Connell Jim Woodring Anthony Ausgang Niagara ...and many more!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Kaiju Invade Miami
Miami braces for all-out Kaiju Attack this December! Astromonster Alex Wald joins the battle! Harold Golen, founder of Miami’s Harold Golen Gallery will host "Kaiju Monster Invasion," a special December exhibition during Art Basel 2008. Mr. Golen’s gallery focuses on Lowbrow/ Pop-Surrealist Art and has been featured in the New York Times and Architectural Digest. Kaiju Creator Alex Wald awoke from a millennial slumber to note with dismay that his name did not appear on the roster of teratological talent in the show's ad. Taking matters into hand, Alex contacted Mr. Golen and threatened him with gastric emulsification if he were not extended an invitation to show with the other assembled mutants. Amazingly, the ploy worked! What is a Kaiju? The meaning of the Japanese word is “Strange Beast,” or simply --- “Monster.” During the 1960s in Japan, toy vinyl figures of popular Japanese characters like Godzilla and Gamera became popular collectables. Over the next four decades Kaiju spread throughout the world of popular culture, their influence seen in the emerging “art toy” movement, modern couture and in the artworks of lowbrow artists from around the world. The concept of the Kaiju show at the art center will be to bring the most exciting and subversive artists from Japan and the United States in a single exhibition that will showcase the various interpretations of the Kaiju in both Eastern and Western cultures. This exciting exhibition aims to break new ground in the Kaiju art form while at the same time honoring the rich Kaiju history.