This past Friday, March 15, we celebrated the opening of Philip Lumbang’s first solo show, The New Adventures of Awesome Bear at mph. The show allowed the public a glimpse into the world of Philip’s most recognizable character, Awesome Bear. Philip and his family traveled from the west coast to attend the opening, and as an added bonus, he painted our front facade. A huge thank you to Philip and to everyone who came out to the well-attended opening! The show will run until April 14 and artwork can also be purchased online. See more images from the night on our Flickr page.
OH and I might have forgotten to mention BUT — As an added bonus to Friday night’s festivities, Philip has arrived in NYC and will be attending the opening!
The New Adventures of Awesome Bear
New works by Philip Lumbang
Opening night Friday, March 15
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Exhibition runs until April 14
210 Forsyth St.
Lower East Side
Gary Ham has collaborated with Ink It Labs to put his Wooper Looper character on a necklace! Gary needs no introduction, since we’ve featured his toys here quite a bit but you might not be as familiar with Ink It Labs. Based in Austin, TX, Ink it Labs is a small web-based manufacturer that specializes in printing, engraving and laser cutting artists’ characters and designs onto acylic, wood and paper. No word yet on the release date of these but it looks like it might be soon!
Also, check out this post on Spanky Stoke’s website about a new Toytem from Gary!
About the show, Philip says:
“The New Adventures of Awesome Bear is an introduction to all my new friends in NYC. Awesome bear takes his wild charm and joyful demeanor to New York as his debut. Painted in wild territory, often lounging in style, reflects my philosophy towards life. Always have fun, even when in new situations. There is no better place to do this than in New York City, where the term ‘concrete jungle’ was coined. Never losing his sense of adventure, Awesome Bear goes to a new city, and in the paintings, a new world. Keeping vivid colors and a playful mood, the Awesome Bear continues to innocently bewilder with with his perpetual joy.”
Above images from Mishka Tokyo
Here is some fun live painting that happened this week – Buff Monster took a trip to Japan to paint the Mishka Tokyo store and the results are a melty and bright mix of characters, stacked up in a artistically-inspiring totem pole. If you want to get your hands on some of Buff Monster’s Melty Misfits card packs, grab ‘em here! Now go enjoy your weekend!