I’m completely skipping over a ton of things to show you guys the Mega MUNNY J★RYU painted at Kidrobot in June because today, he has a solo show opening up that he will be attending, and it would be wrong of me to not let everyone know so they can talk to an amazing artist face to face while being surrounded by his work. Details below.
I would like to apologize in advance to anyone who falls in love with this piece as it was already sold. Now that that’s out of the way, onto the MUNNY.
J★RYU was an artist unknown to me until my black heart opened up and I fell head over heels in love with his piece for the My Little Pony Project show in LA (post about that soon…hopefully), so when the opportunity arose to see him working live, it was something that I knew shouldn’t be missed. That being said, I was late and missed a bunch of it. Probably for the better. The vinyl community is not familiar to me and just standing around with a bunch of guys watching Jesse work was out of my comfort zone. While I am sure I could sit in his studio and watch him work for an endless amount of time, the feeling of unfamiliarity with everyone around me made me want to flee. Still, the Mega Sanctum was really something to behold. Definitely made all the internal awkwardness worth it.
Can we all just take a moment to admire how dapper he is while he’s doing his live painting and yet managed to keep his clothing greet free?
Jesse’s work translates well in photos, but it really takes your breath away when you see it in person.
Oh hey Luke.
And because I wasn’t present for the beginning of the live painting, here are a couple of images from Jesse’s instagram:
The mega Munny after customization
The Mega Sanctum primed and ready for the live painting
You might have noticed that the face on the front changed a bit, from having a cloak of sorts to horns. This occurred because Luke Chueh pointed out that the cloak looks like lady lips of the lower region. Freudian much? I kid.
The amount of respect I have for Jesse is immense. The techniques, concepts, execution, and detail of his sculptures are something I think everyone should experience in person. So much talent within an extremely humble being; I can always appreciate that. He’s also a humanitarian (check out his work with Army of Snipers and The Little Lotus Project). With an Ewok like dog. And is a Southern Gentleman. Ladies, don’t trample each other to get to him.
For those of you lucky enough to live in Chicago, “The Ghost of You Haunted Me”, Jesse’s solo show, at will be opening at Rotofugi Gallery today, alongside Luke Chueh‘s “I Am Your Plaything”. They both run until September 30th. You can check out his pieces here. Congrats to Jesse on his first major exhibition!