day 403 – four thank yous

This is the final post of four things on http://www.fourfortheday.com but the site will remain open with updates on the things to come.

This has been a truly amazing year with this project. From day one I knew when I was organizing my studio and seeing how many small collections of things I kept and really loved, to Allison Sommers first post on January 2nd 2011, and in early November when all weeks had been assigned, and now when everything is all said and done that the concept of this project was something people really enjoy. We love our stuff and other peoples as well.

I can’t thank the Guest Editor’s enough for making this what it is. It takes courage to expose the things we hold onto. The Guest Editor’s did it and the internet has found out a little more about each of them.

I encourage everyone to keep checking back to find out what is next for this little project. My hope is a bound book and art exhibition. But I am open to other possibilites.

My humble thank you to everyone who made this possible and the collectors around the world, past, present, and future.

Happy New Year.

s. arden hill


day 332 – four silkscreened posters

posters

Thought I’d wrap up the week with a sampling of my poster and print collection. The art & culture of movies, music and toys are my passion and daily inspiration. Welcome to the walls of my apartment.

“Dummie Car” by Doma Collective
“Made in Japan” by Tim Biskup
“Life is Sweet” by Buff Monster
“Uncle Boonmee” by Chris Ware


day 331 – four M1go kaiju figures

M1go

Kaiju (怪獣 kaijū) is a Japanese word that means ‘strange beast,’ but often translated in English as ‘monster’. Specifically, it is used to refer to a genre of tokusatsu entertainment” (Wikipedia)

Above are four of my favourite Kaiju figures from M1go.

Left to Right:
M1 Woo from Ultraman
M1 Ragon from Ultraman
M1 Matango from “Attack of the Mushroom People”
M1 Chibull Seijin from Ultra 7

 


day 330 – four handmade mini comics

min-comics

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the look and feel of a hand-bound, silkscreened and photocopied mini-comic! Every visit to a comic store results in a bag full of these miniature marvels heading home with me.

Moving clockwise from the top-left:
‘Trans Siberia’ by Tom Kaczynski
‘Three Bears’ by David Huyck
‘Adrift’ by JP Coovert
‘Robot Investigator’ by Vincent Stall


day 329 – four treasured toys

Kaws

These toys have a very special place of honour in my vinyl collection. Each figure was hard won via auction, lottery, or sheer force of will.

The big guy in the back:
“5 Years Later” Companion by Kaws

Front Row, Left to Right:
Greasebat by Jeff Lamm
Cannibal Fuckface by Johnny Ryan
Monster by Grody Shogun


day 328 – four kawaii plush

Kawaii Plush

This past year, my toy collecting has spun off into acquiring boxes and boxes of Japanese candy, toys, and gashapon. I’m a total sucker for kawaii culture and asian character design.

The cute lil’ bears shown here are known as Rilakumma or “Relax Bear“.


day 327 – four wheatpaste posters in NYC

wheatpaste

Go on a Mission: Take a big paint brush or roller, along with squirt bottle or 1.5 gallon plastic trash can nested in a messanger or book bag. Paint glue on the surface you want to stick the poster to, slap the poster into the glue, smooth the paper out, and then follow up with a final coat of glue over the top of the paper. Work quickly, without looking overly suspicious — teams of 2-3 people are optimal. Pick targets wisely: high visibility can be good but risky, near other posters may be safer and less likely to be torn down, think about who owns/maintains the space you’re pasting.”

A Frightening Prospect, 2011


day 326 – four dunnys in the park

dunnys

Where my collection all began, Dunnys by kidrobot. A “platform” toy series featuring designs by some of my favourite artists. In the realm of art-toy collecting, these are the gateway drug.

Moving clockwise from the top-left:
- Aya Kakeda
- MCA
- 64 Colors
- Travis Lampe


Guest Editor’s Profile – Chris Pointon

Chris Pointon

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Twitter: @pop77
pop77.tumblr.com

In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/living area) look like? please describe.
My apartment is artfully cluttered. I acquire and collect so much stuff, that I’ve become a bit obsessed with having everything neatly organized and presented. My books, toys and prints are shelved, displayed, and mounted with pride.

As such, my apartment is a mash-up of bookshelves, wooden crates and display cabinets. Throw in some modernist furniture, lighting and A LOT of contemporary artwork, and you have a cozy apartment for 4 (my lovely girlfriend and 2 cats).

Up until recently, my office was a relegated to the role of extra storage space, housing the overflow of my toy collection. Thankfully, I was able to whip it into shape this past fall. It’s now a very usable studio, and home to my work desk, art supplies and various computer gizmos.

Where do you normally get your things?
I am slave to the almighty Ebay. I collect a lot of Japanese Kaiju and have a clutch of web stores, blogs and forums that I visit daily. I also have a great friend and fellow collector in Chris Brian; who along with his wife Ainsley, run the awesome shop, grumbletoy.

What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
Probably my Kaws “5 Years Later” Companion. It’s a rare, beautifully sculpted toy.


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