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Nakanari X Bloo Empire Ghosts In The Machine

Urban Vinyl Toys: Jay Cochran - 2005.09.28

Orlando, FL, October 15th 2005 Uberbot, the first store to feature designer toys in the southeastern United States, is proud to present Ghosts in the Machine at the beautiful Winter Park Village. Ghosts in the Machine is a gallery event that features popular designers Nakanari and Bloo Empire, their impressive selection of designer toys, original canvas art, hand made plush and much more. Both Nakanari and Bloo Empire have been tremendously successful with their designer toy creations and original artwork. They've impressed art collectors the world over at gallery events with their incredible custom work. With Ghosts in the Machine, these powerhouse designers come together for the first time to introduce their work to Central Florida and do their part to help shape the world of designer toys and urban vinyl.

Nakanari and Blue Empire represent a growing number of artists from creative fields including graphic design, street art and sculpture to traditional painting, who have designed toys to be crafted in vinyl. Urban vinyl is the culmination of a merger of toy and art that began in the late nineties with an artist named Michael Lau. Asked to create an album cover, he created a three-dimensional vinyl sculpture influenced by his own fascination with urban style and hip-hop culture. The resulting sculpture, and cover, were hits, and inspired Lau to further creations combining aspects of urban culture. The idea of toys as legitimate artwork was accepted and Urban Vinyl emerged spawning a growing genre of artistic and limited edition toys ranging from the adorable to the twisted.

As part of the Uberbot Grand Opening celebration, the artists will be displaying their custom artwork, toys, apparel and plush. They will be performing customizations of some of their creations during the show. Two one-of-a-kind Nakanari creations will be raffled off in a drawing with all proceeds to benefit the ASPCA Disaster Relief Fund which helps animals that are victims of natural disasters. In addition to the vinyl sculptures, the artists will also have a selection of their paintings on display. The gallery will also have paintings on display from other artists including David Rankin, Dan Brereton, and local talents Phil Noto, and Dennis Brown.

Be sure to stop by Uberbot in Winter Park on Saturday, October 15th to get a taste of what Urban Vinyl is all about. Gallery items for Ghosts in the Machine will be available for display between 10 am and 11 pm and the opening reception for the artists will be held from 7 pm to 11 pm. Uberbot at located at 480 N. Orlando Avenue Suite 126 in the Winter Park Village, in Winter Park, Florida. Ghosts in the Machine will be the premier toy and urban art event of the year.

About Uberbot

Uberbot is Central Florida's newest shopping experience. Their theme is a celebration of art in many forms of modern pop culture ranging from designer toys to Asian Cinema to American and Japanese graphic novels. They are the first store in the southeastern United States to offer a full line of Urban Vinyl. Their goal is to change the face of specialty retail by providing the best possible service in a clean and comfortable gallery style environment where they can present creative and unique items to the community. They also plan to spread love throughout the world with loads of smiles and hugs.

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