Posts Tagged ‘Rabid Wild Docile’

Cris Rose x Podgy Panda

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Podgonaut & Ramsay

My friend and talented customizer, illustrator and Rabid, Wild & Docile participant, Podgy Panda will be releasing new work on April 5th along with fellow London-based artist and designer Cris Rose. The two have collaborated on a resin piece with two variants – one being Cris Rose’s Ramsay and the other being Podgy’s Podgonaut. This is the first edition of the figures and will be limited to five of each. Although mph won’t be releasing these, I wanted to feature them on here especially because we had Mister Panda’s work in our all bear show.

Podgy Panda’s description of the Podgonaut’s:

“The first batch of Podgonauts are rearing to go! These fine lads of the Panda Exploration Core are equipped with everything they need for their top secret mission. High powered Jetpacks, advanced spacesuits and more courage then you can shake a stick at! What secret mission are they about to embark on? Stay tuned to find out!”

The thing I really love about this limited run is that each face on the Podgonaut’s are different. Among a plethora of things, one thing that Podgy Panda does well is capture fun and mischief in his characters’ expressions. These are no exception; each one has a certain sweet charm to it. If you’re interested in picking one of these up, they’ll be available in his web store.

Podgy is also releasing prints in collaboration with that depict more of the story behind these figures, so keep an eye out for those too!

Work in Progress of one of the prints


Five Questions With… Tim Sullivan!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

You might not have heard of Rabid, Wild & Docile artist Tim Sullivan just yet, but he’s an up-and-comer in the art scene, living in Brooklyn and lending his art direction skills to the tv world. His paintings are full of fun cartoon style characters, accentuated by clean lines and great color palettes. Looking at his work you can almost imagine a young Sullivan learning to draw from the cartoons of his childhood, and now mixed with his own style, he’s really hitting the mark. I am super excited to be talking to him for our latest installment of “Five Questions With…!”, so enjoy.

“Hunter” from Rabid, Wild & Docile

1. Where did your idea for the Rabid, Wild & Docile piece come from?

I knew I wanted to do something involving taxidermy and it kind of evolved from there. The initial sketches looked too much like a live bear, so I changed that to a bear-skin rug. The other elements kind of grew from that. Originally I sketched a big game hunter with a pith helmet and more of a safari theme, but quickly changed that to the Daniel Boone-ish woodsman in the final painting.

2. What artists are you looking to for inspiration?

My biggest influence artistically is definitely Evoker. He and I have been best buds for years and years and his work has always inspired me and motivated me to make paintings. Obviously we have similar interests in cartoony subjects. When Evoker, Gamo, and myself all lived together, their interest in art really drove me to work harder and start showing my work. I was also really beside myself showing in the same gallery as Flying Fortress. His work is some of my favorite right now.

3. I know you’re a DJ, so would you say music has any influence over your artwork or the process of creating your art?

When I moved to New York, my interests were definitely more music based and that was something that I really pursued for a long time.  It was difficult to juggle making music and doing shows, having a job, making art, and a pretty strenuous drinking schedule.  I really didn’t do too many painting for several years because of this. I just didn’t have the time. I think there was a point where Kats, Domer, and I put out something like 16 albums in a year. But then Kats moved and Domer started law school and that fell to the back burner. I didn’t really have that outlet anymore and painting has kind of filled that gap for me. I think I’ve painted more in the past year than I have in the previous 8 since I moved to NY. I suppose my approach to music and painting is pretty similar. I find it difficult to force either one and when it’s not working, it’s usually pretty bad. But occasionally I produce something that I’m really proud of.

4. You have a pretty interesting day job that incorporates your creativity, could you tell us about it?

Yes.  I do props and build sets for a living. Mostly commercials and music videos. I tell everyone I have the best job in the world. It’s always something different and usually pretty crazy. Today for instance I’m watching vintage pornography with Dave Attell. It’s pretty long hours and you never know when work will dry up since I’m freelance, but it’s definitely fun and creative. Even when my job sucks, I work with amazing people. My boss Kai is great and an insane genius at what he does. I also get to work with Gamo everyday, so I’m surrounded by some of my best friends all day doing crazy shit.

5. You’ve been an artist for a long time now, and started showing work in the early 2000s with a hiatus until now. Is there a reason why you took that break from showing work?

I think I answered this mostly in question 3, but I’ll say a little more about that. Back in the early 00’s I was living in Rhode Island. I had just graduated from college and was prolonging getting a real job for as long as I could. I lived with all of my friends and we literally had a party almost every night. Me and Evoker and Gamo would hang out and draw and paint for hours on end and I really became a much better artist at this time. We did a few shows around RI at OneWay gallery. It was really a great time in my life. I was also super into DJing and really wanted to pursue that so I moved to Brooklyn. I always have drawn a lot but I paint relatively slow. In the past few years I’ve gotten much better at painting. By that I mean my paintings generally look how I want them to and are more detailed than they used to be. I’m pretty happy with my work lately and I’ve basically been lucky and had people ask me to show work in shows.

Thanks, Tim!

Make sure to check out Tim’s work and the other pieces in Rabid, Wild & Docile before the exhibit ends on Sunday! And if you’re interested in seeing Tim’s studio, have a look at the piece Evoker and I did on him for Studio Miners.

Rabid, Wild & Docile: Molly Bosley

Friday, March 16th, 2012

“Bear Picnic”

Rabid, Wild & Docile artist, Molly Bosley’s work is a wonderful mash-up of times gone by. In her collages and paper cuts, she utilizes copyright free images to create intriguing and engaging scenes that oftentimes leave viewers with the feeling of nostalgia, but for what, they’re not quite sure. Her piece in the Rabid, Wild & Docile exhibit cleverly entitled “Bear Picnic”, is intricately cut out of thick black card stock, then mounted on backing paper and set off by a richly colored vintage wooden frame. Molly’s work, although a departure from some of the more bright, pop-inspired, character-driven artwork at mph was a welcome addition to the RWD show, adding a very tangible quality that emerges from the intricacies in her work. For this particular piece, Molly’s inspiration was drawn from thinking back to her childhood and watching the thieving pic-a-nic-lover, Yogi Bear. About the work Molly also says, “I tend to use animals in general in my artwork, along with other images from nature, because I am drawn to the basic foundations of life. I think a lot of artists are having a connection back with nature right now because it contrasts our modern, fast-paced lives.”

Remember that Rabid, Wild & Docile is still up until March 25th, in the gallery and online.


Rabid, Wild & Docile Artist: Paul Shih

Monday, March 12th, 2012

New Zealand artist Paul Shih is one of my standout favorite artists designing and producing his own art toys. Here’s a bit about what he had to say about his pieces in Rabid, Wild & Docile

Where did the idea for these pieces come from?
The idea for “Guilt” (featured above) came from the time I spent with my little nephew. I observed him and tried to understand the rights and wrongs of a one year old. For “PANDARA”, the idea comes from the music that I love, which is punk rock & metal. And in this case, it’s all heavy metal!

Why do bear characters play a significant role in your work?
The funny thing is that I didn’t notice I’ve been drawing so many bears. I guess I was just bored of drawing humans, and decided to create a surreal world of animals. Somehow bears became the human in this world, probably because there are so many bear characters out there: in cartoons, toys, mascots, commercial products. All those bears surrounding me influenced me to portray bears as humans!

Why do you think there has been a high occurrence of artists choosing to portray bears in their work?
I’m not sure, maybe we’re like minded? If I was right, it’s an endless loop, and we’ll only see more of bearssss…

Although Paul’s PANDARA figure has already been sold, check out his painting, “Guilt” in the Rabid, Wild & Docile show, availble at the gallery and online.

Five Questions With… Evoker!

Friday, March 9th, 2012

We spoke to Rabid, Wild & Docile artist Evoker about his bear characters, favorite art toys and more in this installment of “Five Questions With…”!

Evoker at the Rabid, Wild & Docile opening

“Grumpy Bear” from RWD

“Running Scared” from RWD

You’ve become well-known for your use of bears in your work. Do you feel pigeon-holed into doing these characters or do you relish in them?
When I originally moved to Boston, the bears were something I was starting to work on. Then, I started to gain a little bit of steam, and it seemed like people expected them from me all the time. Because people expected me to be the “bear guy”, I started producing a lot of them. At first, I wasn’t that happy about having to make so many bears, but after taking some time away from them and coming back, I am really enjoying creating bear characters and playing with different ways to work with them.

Do you have a toy collection? If so, what toy in your collection is your favorite?
My pink and green Fatimas by Sam Flores

Who in the art scene are you watching closely at the moment?
Flying Fortress, Dabs and Myla, NoseGo, Tim Sullivan, Jeremy Fish & Ekiem… anyone who is creating bold, classic style characters and doing them well.

If you could pick one of your characters to turn into an art toy, which one would it be?
It is super difficult for me to narrow it down to just one, so I’ll pick a few. I’d say the beaver or the walrus, from my recent work or the “Hill Person” that I created from a custom Bic Buddy last year… but I would have someone way better than me sculpt it.

“Hill Person” – custom Bic Buddy by Evoker

Do you have anything coming up you want to promote?
Yes, definitely. I have limited edition “Owl” screen prints coming out this week, which I’ll be selling on my site.

Thanks go out to Evoker! And remember to check out his pieces “Grumpy Bear” and “Running Scared” in the Rabid, Wild & Docile show!