KIDROBOT TO PRESENT EXHIBITION FEATURING ONE-OF-A-KIND TOYS DECORATED BY LEADING ARTISTS & DESIGNERS
NEW YORK CITY, April 15, 2004 - Kidrobot, a leading designer and retailer of limited-edition vinyl action figures, today announced that it will feature the work of more than 50 important artists and designers with backgrounds in fine art, graffiti, industrial design, and illustration, in a unique exhibition of customized Dunny toys that will be held at the Visionaire Gallery from May 17 - July 17, 2004.
Dunny, which is a 20-inch tall action figure made of soft, smooth vinyl, was conceived and designed by Kidrobot toy designer Tristan Eaton and owner/President Paul Budnitz to be a "toy with attitude" that could be customized in a broad variety of styles by diverse artists working in different mediums.
Among the artists and designers who will personalize a Dunny for the exhibition are world-famous graffiti artists Doze Green, Fafi, and Seen; renowned toy designers Jason Siu and Pete Fowler; illustrators including Disney's Teacher's Pet creator Gary Baseman; graphic artists including The Designer's Republic; fashion designers Diane von Furstenberg and Kenzo Minami; and a number of fine artists, including Alexis Rockman. Design studio participants include artists from PDI/Dreamworks Animation Studios and Steuben Crystal.
Paul Budnitz, the owner and President of Kidrobot, said, "Dunny's curved body and large, blank features offer the artist who paints him a unique canvas on which to fashion a distinct personality. We are thrilled that the opportunity to participate in The Dunny Show has generated such an enthusiastic response from so many talented artists and designers and we look forward to displaying their work to the public in the intimate setting of the Visionaire Gallery."
Cecilia Dean, one of the founders of Visionaire Publishing and the Visionaire Gallery, said, "For us, it is exciting to enter into the world of toys and to feature new artists in the gallery. Kidrobot is our equivalent in the toy industry and this marks the beginning of an ongoing collaboration between Visionaire and Kidrobot."
All of the Dunny toys created for this exhibition will be available for purchase at the Visionaire Gallery. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Hetrick-Martin Institute to help fund a variety of educational and after-school programs.
2004 Contributing Artists
Cube Works Japan
Diane Von Furstenberg
Don Hearn for WLVZ Menswear
Fafi & Tilt
Friends with You
Greg Foley for Visionaire
Jonathan Alger, Chermayeff & Geismar
Rob O’Neill of PDI/Dreamworks
Scott Acid Chester
The Designers Republic
The London Police
Tom Thewes (Eviltom)
Kidrobot is the world's premiere creator and retailer of limited edition art toys. The toys sold at Kidrobot fuse urban street trends with creative design and fine art to produce limited edition, collectible pieces of art. Many Kidrobot toys are designed by world-renowned artists with backgrounds in graffiti art, fine art, industrial design, graphic design, illustration and music.
Kidrobot operates two store-galleries, one at 126 Prince Street in SoHo, New York City, and a second at 1512 Haight Street in San Francisco. Kidrobot is also online at http://www.kidrobot.com.
About Visionaire and the Visionaire Gallery
Visionaire is a multi-format album of fashion and art produced in exclusive numbered limited editions. Since its inception in the Spring of 1991, Visionaire has offered a forum for works by both famous and emerging artists from around the world as well as personalities, fashion designers, art directors, and image-makers. Visionaire features a different theme and format with each issue. Artists work in collaboration with Visionaire to produce their personal interpretations on a theme.
The Visionaire Gallery is located at 11 Mercer Street in SoHo, New York City.
About the Hetrick-Martin Institute
The Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), home of The Harvey Milk High School, provides vital services and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people and their families. Since its founding 25 years ago, HMI has grown from a small grass-roots advocacy organization run by volunteers to a professional Institute that provides thousands of young people with a broad range of vital services. HMI's youth members, ranging in age from 12 to 21, come from 172 zip codes throughout the five boroughs of New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area. To find out more about HMI and The Harvey Milk High School, visit www.hmi.org.
Dunny Show contacts
Andleeb Dawood, Press Relations, Kidrobot
Brian Riley, Operations and Business Development Manager, Kidrobot
Tel: 212-777-7735 ext. 206