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"Pictoplasma Art Exhibit: Contemporary Character Design and Art"
2003-11-05 until 2003-12-03
Future is Now Gallery
New York, NY, USA United States of America

Whether they appear as painted stones, smiling houses, Nick Park-like clay figures or classical cartoons, characters are still the best way to create visuals with which one can identify. Peter Thaler has built upon the success of Pictoplasma, one of Die Gestalten Verlag's best-selling book titles of all time. Avoiding the lure of creating a straightforward sequel or the simple repetition of his winning formula, he has once again distilled a fine selection of first-rate works from over 9,000 entries.

While the traditional role of these loveable icons as commercial branding tools remains important, "Pictoplasma 2" also touches on the vital new design impulses that have enriched the picto realm during the last few years. More and more often, designers are taking their favorites from the drawing board and computer to the streets as customized objects, urban art and graffiti. Parallel to an overall trend to shake off the shackles of two dimensions, even more of Thaler's selections have made the jump into the third dimension. For example, cute to grotesque action figures, which are increasingly coveted by adult collectors, are spread across the pages in perfect harmony with traditional graphic design and illustrations by both talented newcomers and stars like Peter Fowler.

No matter if it's scribbles, freehand or vector designs, puppets, street art or abstraction: the prime focus of "Pictoplasma 2" remains the development of interesting character ideas and the fertile exchange between different styles and media.

To celebrate the United States book release of Pictoplasma 2, F.I.N. Arts is hosting the one-month art exhibition curated by Peter Thaler and Love Ablan of selected character-related works from some of the participating book artists. Rarely has there been such a unique confluence of art and culture, showcasing such innovative character designers and artists in a four-week exhibit which will be kick-started by the opening reception party.


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