attaboy's palace of the brine @ rotofugi

Rotofugi is proud to present a new exhibit by California-based artist
Attaboy in the Rotofugi Gallery, titled: "Palace of the Brine"

*event details and press release write-up after the jump*

Palace of the Brine delves into Attaboy's ongoing conflict between the guilt-ridden worker bee drones and the remorseless cephalopods for the attention of the Brine Queens. It's a world where hairy bursts of color float in the corner of your eye. the exhibition will showcase new paintings and drawings hovering off moldy walls, casting shadows behind them. Attaboy's transparent spraypainted plastic works will also be shown as well as the release of his Arctic Shmee Qee figure.

Opening Party: Friday, June 8, 2007
Arctic Shmee Qee Toy Signing: 7-8pm in the Store
Gallery Open 7-10pm
Free Sodas by Goose Island

Exhibit Continues through June 30, 2007

Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery
1953-55 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Attaboy is an internationally shown artist, creator and toy designer who's work is seen in galleries, toy boutiques, magazines (Newsweek, Wired, Juxtapoz, Clutter, Playtimes, etc.), calendars and art books. After years of creating, recreating, and inventing award-winning and best selling toys for Hasbro and Milton Bradley he went AWOL to create his own art and licensing studio. His artwork has been licensed to Dark Horse, Last GAsp, Tower Records, Kiss, the Dixie Chicks, Sony and many more.

Atta is the co-founder of the critically acclaimed Hi-Fructose Magazine which has grown to an world wide circulation which quickly sells out. Atta and Annie design nearly every layout of the 100 page magazine, which features interviews and exposes with a growing echelon of pop and visual counter culture artists like Mark Ryden, Chris Ware, Jeff Soto, and Tim Biskup. The first four volumes of Hi-Fructose will be reprinted in book form later this year and will be published by Last Gasp.

"Too Many Robots," an animation created and directed by Atta premiered in May on the Disney Channel. It is now downloadable on ITunes and seen on YouTube.

Attaboy's interpretation of all-too-literal abused punctuation marks is personified as vinyl toys in his Super Action Nub Nub series, which includes his most popular character with interchangable mouths, the Axtrx.

Atta's Art focuses on the disturbed childlike sensibilities that he values above all else and is centered in a world of goo filled
creatures; lust filled and awkward, uneasy with their own cuteness or simply unaware of it or how it affects them or others, all imagined in a palette reminiscent of a rusted cruise ship. His images and collectables are glimpses into Atta's insecurities and currupt sensibility often times providing more of a physical diary to his day to day undertakings.

Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery is an exploration of the intersection of toys and art. The toy store sells limited edition
collectable toys by artists from around the world and the adjacent gallery exhibits original artwork created by local, national and
international artists that compliment and embrace the designer toy aesthetic. Since opening in July 2004 Rotofugi has grown to be one of the premier retailers and exhibitors of designer toys and related artworks.

Toy Store Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 12noon-8pm
Sunday: 12noon-5pm
Monday: Closed

Gallery Hours:
Our gallery is open every Saturday afternoon from 12noon until 4pm and any other time our toy store is open and we have enough staff to let you in...if you want to be sure to be able to see the current exhibit please call ahead at least the day before and we'll make sure you can get in. Thanks!

Kirby Kerr
Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery
1953-55 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622