Anybody needing further evidence that Brisbane is fast becoming one of the leading cultural hubs of Australia needs look no further than the upcoming exhibition, Soft Vinyl Mayhem. The exhibition is Australia’s first-ever Sofubi art show, held at Laced for one night only (astute Sneaky readers may remember several features on Sofubi, the Japanese art of beautiful small-run and one-off vinyl toys here, here, here and here, and if you don’t, check it out, because its fucking awesome).
If you are unaware of the current Sofubi and indie toy movements of the past few years, now is your chance. Anybody who hasn’t been to Japan or the USA lately may not realise the hectic Sofubi scene – like most things – has taken a little while to reach us here in Australia. These toys are made by
craftsmen genius cult heroes in Japan and are regarded as the world’s best grade of vinyl toy thanks to their process and care, making each toy by hand.
Rather than being manufactured in a large factory sweatshops by North Korean orphans, Japanese soft vinyl toys are normally made by “Mom & Pop” shops where there may be as little as two staff who have been working in the industry for 40 or 50 years.
Many artists and musicians such as KAWS, Banksy and Kanye West have been producing projects in this soft vinyl medium over the past few years, however this exhibit will focus on the artists who are building their careers purely through soft vinyl toys – Cometdebris, Elegab, Shirahama Toy, Dehara Yukinori, Uamou, and Gumtaro to name a few.
This is the first-ever sofubi toy exhibition in Australia and a one night only event, so don’t be a boofhead and miss out on the chance to see these beautiful handcrafted pieces in person. Whether you’re a toy enthusiast, a sculpture nerd, or you just like seeing gorgeous one-off works of art, get your arse into gear and check it out!
Soft Vinyl Mayhem – Sofubi Toy Art Show
Friday September 11, 7pm – 9pm at Laced (Level 1, 35 Adelaide St, Brisbane QLD)