“Never Too Old for Toys” art show opened last weekend at the Chopsticks Urban Art Space in Oakland. The bay area has a lot of art shows, and a lot of great galleries, we chose to check out this opening because ..well hell, we love toys. The show featured some custom vinyl toys as well as full out original sculptures, and even some nicely made foil art. The thing about Chopsticks is you can truly enjoy yourself without the air of elitism that is stagnant in most gallery openings. This is truly an underground spot, complete with dj’s, hip hop acts, sticker making and shot taking. Some galleries sell lowbrow, Chopsticks lives lowbrow…and we can dig it.
Participating Artists included: Chris Micro, Kyle Lypka, Toygami, Force 129, Blesd, Crank, Kage, Nite Owl, Onedr, Reggie Warlock, BasicLee, Fem One, Roka One, Egads, Joseph, APonte, Debbie Does Cakes, Ras Terms, Sam Cardenas, Roar, MF Urbi, Lisa Pisa, Joanne Ludwig, Rachael X, Ofel, Jeannie Scott Hesse, and Jereme
I was pretty impressed with these cool wooden cutouts made and painted by Lisa Pisa. The artists had a few of these on display/for sale and the cool details were painted on the front and back of these interesting characters.
DJ Onedr on the wheels , doing what DJ’s do. Cool mixer BTW.
We ran across these gems from artist, Nite Owl. These pieces were not in the actual show, however, they were pretty nice, and the stencil work was pretty inspiring so I thought I’d share with you good people.
Dope City Saints showed up to lay down a set. It really doesnt get more hip hop than this, two turntables and a headphone is all that was needed to rock a crowd. Make sure to check out the group’s latest video, “Weight” its worth a watch.
The last show at Chopsticks was a pretty large sticker art show which was installed on the ground. The stickers really gives the space a great urban feel, and gives the viewer something new to look at with every step in the gallery.
RW behind the scenes.
These cramic and mixed media sculptures by Kyle Lypka were pretty mindblowing. These interesting characters reminiscent of demons and minios were interesting on a textural level as well as on a conceptual level. Great work.
Airica holding it down and seeing what there is to see.
I briefly talked to the artist of these great foil made characters but didn’t get a chance to catch his name. Pretty inventive and simple at the same time.
Chicken Wings and Munnies…those are a few of my favooourite things.
This Munny has cereal on its mind, more specifically fruit loops…yet more of my favorite things. Art by Debbie Does Cakes, Clean work.
more foil art.
I got to give it up to Onedr for this great piece. Thats a great way to build a scene.
This art by Samuel Cardenas incorporated a healthy amount of screws on this cyclops like toy.