The Custom Yoka Show US Tour launches at Black Maria Gallery in Los Angeles

DKE Toys and AdFunture present the Custom Yoka Show

Premiere gallery exhibition February 18 – March 2, 2010

Opening Reception Thursday, February 18, 7:00 – 10:30pm

Black Maria Gallery, Los Angeles CA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  AdFunture provided their 3” blank Yoka panda bear vinyl figures and DKE Toys co-founders Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks found over 200 artists to participate in the Custom Yoka Show.  Featuring work from 20 countries the show turns the quirky little panda into everything from a dirty thug to a sweet snail in this tremendous exhibition.  Pieces range from $25 to $800 and will be available for purchase through Black Maria Gallery.

Show features: Anthony Ausgang, Jophen Stein, Heidi Kenney, Steven Daily, Snaggs, Arbito, Chris Ryniak, kaNO, Itokin Park, Dan Goodsell, olive47, Dacosta!, Chino and literally hundreds more

The Custom Yoka Show is meant to coincide with the release of Yoka Series One, a blind boxed collectible figurine that is now available.

The Custom Yoka Show premiered at Designer Con in Pasadena, California on November 21, 2009.  More tour dates, following the Black Maria Gallery exhibition to be announced soon.

Black Maria Gallery: Dedicated to non-mainstream art, Black Maria focuses on works that reverberate with the shock of the new – not in a gratuitous sense, but in a way that initiates wonderment and self-reflection. The people behind Black Maria Gallery believe that thought-provoking art, whether it’s termed low-brow, avant garde, underground or subversive, has a hugely important place in civic and social discourse, especially in these times. Black Maria strives to become an organic bridge between local artists and the public, by presenting art that’s approachable and affordable in equal measure. The goal is to reach out to local artists and to help make gallery-going a revelatory and rewarding experience.

DKE Toys: Dov Kelemer & Sarah Jo Marks are Co-Curators of The Custom Yoka Show and Co-Founders of DKE Toys, one of the largest designer vinyl and art-toy distributors in the world, exclusively representing over 100 companies, artists, and designers. The Custom Yoka Show is their third show together after The Vader Project and STUFFED: a plush food show.

adFunture: In August of 2002, adFunture Workshop released its first designer vinyl figure in Hong Kong and began its irreplaceable role within the international designer figure movement.  In addition they are known for their fine designer apparel.

Contact the gallery at 3137 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323.660.9393

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12:00 – 6:00pm or by appointment.




CustomYoka Postcard (front)

Custom Yoka Show (back)

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