Presented by the Nucleus Gallery, Tragnark, Circus Posterus Studios, and Wheaty Wheat Studios, The Chubby Bunny Show is a giant gallery show that will be held at the Nucleus Gallery in Alhambra, CA, from February 11th through March 4th, 2006. The theme? Chubby bunnies, of course. Tragnark’s goal with this project was to put together a showcase of 60 diverse artists who would be able to represent a wide spectrum of art.
From infant spore to the childish age of 5001, Tragnark was raised by the Willigots on the planet Wynaagan. He was taught to ride the great Bologna Dragons that were capable of exhaling a breathable atmosphere while traveling from galaxy to galaxy. Somehow, he found himself on Earth and synchronized with an earth fetus in Asia. After a few years of tough times, the boy moved to the U.S., where he was raised by a kind family of human creatures in Pennsylvania. It was at an early age that the “human” Nick began to recover his identity as Tragnark, through dreams and such. Tragnark is the head honcho behind the Chubby Bunny Show, and to the left is his piece, “Cloud Machine”.
Using an illustration style that combines traditional painting with a modern graphic style, Audrey Kawasaki enjoys depicting feminine characters with dreamy, ecstatic, and sometimes lustful feels. She often uses natural patterns on wood as a base for her images and is now contributing to the growing Los Angeles art scene. To the left is her piece, “Oma”.
In his early teens, Alex Pardee overcame his battle with severe depression and anxiety with his own form of therapy: art. He was influenced by the Garbage Pail Kids, horror movies, graffiti, and gangster rap. As a DIY artist, Alex spread homemade books with his artwork in public areas. Recently, Alex has worked on comic books and projects, such as the artwork for the Used’s album In Love and Death. To the left is his piece, “Untitled”.
Brandt Peters grew up on the West Coast and came from a family of antique collectors and artists who filled his upbringing with a wide range of pop ephemera. As a self-taught artist, Brandt currently lives in Tampa, FL with his wife and fellow artist, Kathie Olivas. The subject of his paintings is a world of sideshow icons, from deviant animalia to masked glorified cartoon alter-egos. These icons are used as antithetical counterparts to what we are led to believe as being innocent and socially-acceptable. His work challenges viewers to find their own interpretations. To the left is his piece, “Guru”.
Blaine Fontana was raised on Bainbridge Island, WA, and his art background evolved through being a graffiti artist in Seattle and Portland. He now licenses his work to companies like Pr1mary Space and Sessions. Each of his works posess a microcosm of stories, myths, and beliefs intended for that piece only. His paintings are branded with his unique trademark of highly-stylized figures, known as “templings.” This word comes from a fusion between two words, temple and being. Being neither male nor female, they function as the face of spiritual currency and ambiguity. To the left is his piece, “The Material Fertilizer”.
Thomas Han currently lives in Los Angeles, and is known for his off-the-wall, character-driven acrylic and silkscreen paintings. Han feels accepted in his art world, in which everything from pills and absurd creatures to flying cigarettes exist. To the left is his piece, “Exorcise Your Demons”.
Plasticgod took to drawing the moment he picked up a pencil at the age of two. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and overseas in Switzerland, he’s sold works to movie celebrities including Jamie Foxx and Bruce Willis, as well as political ambassadors and other celebrities. He has also been dubbed the “21st Century Warhol.” But despite all of this, Plasticgod gives back! He has been involved in numerous charities, raising money for Hurricane Katrina, tsunami relief, cancer research, animal benefits, Special Olympics, human rights, and more that are still to come.
Vivian Hua (華婷婷) wears a lot of random hats, but has somewhat mastered globetrotting like a hobo and evading traditional 9-to-5 work schedules. She enjoys observing human idiosyncrasies perhaps more than anything and is a magnet for homeless people (a joy) and bug bites of all types (absolutely terrible). Through her work, she hopes to embrace the temporary while documenting the nostalgic, using divination and dream symbolism as guides through the cosmic maze. Additional writing, art, video, and other crap, like her astrological chart, can be seen at www.inallthings-patterns.net. She is the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE magazine, and quite appreciates unsolicited personal e-mails just to shoot the shit and narrow the gaps between human beings.