Envision yourself gazing upon an elaborately carved door, the key to unlocking it being your own imagination. And journeying through its opening, you enter another dimension, one which is beyond that known to any ordinary man. A realm as vast as space and as timeless as infinity, it is the middle ground between science and superstition, and it resides between the pit of man’s fears and the precipice of his knowledge. This is a wondrous land formed by the unbridled creativity and sheer will of Bob Conge, a world inhabited by the monstrosities attributed to his Plaseebo guise.
I have long been an admirer of Bob Conge’s art since my first post in 2006, and his blog-interview (in 2008) had been one of the most enriching moments on the blog, with his art encompassing both illustrative and three-dimensional, continued creation in his own genre, without the need to fit into any “trends”, a set-styled “American Kaiju” that showcases his individuality amongst the masses, IMHO.
Bob Conge is an American multidisciplinary artist who first came to our attention thanks to his art toy works released under the ‘Plaseebo’ brand. Born in 1939 Mr. Conge has seen many trends come and go over the years, but he has forever remained his own man, pursuing a lifelong dedication to the arts…
ELEGAB x PLASEEBO at RAMPAGE STUDIOS
Featuring Japanese Sofubi maker ELEGAB (Nari-san) and American Artist PLASEEBO (Bob Conge).
The show will open at RAMPAGE STUDIOS on Friday (5/30) – Opening and sales to get underway at 7PM that evening. The show will also be open Saturday (5/31) and Sunday (6/1) from 11AM-4PM. On-line sales will commence on Monday, 6/2
I am honored to be sharing this show with Nari-san.
Here are some of the customs I will have in the show:
“The Ghost Catcher”
A one of a kind custom vinyl mash-up of an Elegab Kouzira and a Plaseebo Night Gamer with glass eyes and 3 internal LED units.
“Blue Moon Warui Inu”
A custom of the Kaiju Coup Bad Dog with glass eyes and an internal LED unit.
“Tokyo Night Gamer”
Custom vinyl with glass eyes and an internal motion activated color-changing LED unit.
A little over three years ago I began working on a project for Dead Presidents Design, aka Monster Kolor, to design and sculpt a new figure that would be a sort of mascot based on their Ben Franklin logo image.
Here is the epic backstory my design is based on:
Plaseebo and Dead Presidents Design, aka Monster Kolor, are pleased to announce the debut of the DEAD BEN hand cast resin figure on April 12th opening of the MONSTER BRAWL show at the Monster Kolor Gallery in Middleboro Ma. The show will feature custom versions of the Dead Ben figure by Miscreation, Jay222 and Plaseebo.
Here are some photos of the making of Dead Ben. I began by reworking one of Dead Presidents resin figure release of the Ben Franklin bust.
And here is a preview of my custom painted finished figure.