:phunk studio's universe of modern mythology @ gallery j.chen, taipei (jan 19-feb 10)

Universe II = :phunk studio's Universe of modern mythology  

":phunk studio explores deeper into the creation of their own imaginary universe. The multi-media collection of artworks collectively illustrates a dysfunctional tale of an apocalyptic society where good and evil co-exist. It is a world inhabited by both man and god with its own contradicting system of universal truism and values." [read more here] currently on exhibition @ Gallery J.Chen in Taipei (Jan 19th til Feb 10th 2008) Pixie has generously provided us with some snapshots of works from the intrepid design group, best known to toy-collectors as the creators of Lei Gong [interviewed] and more recently of their collabo-custom with PHU! for Bocky Saves Children 2008

The concept of "Universality" is a constant theme in many of :phunk studio’s works. :phunk studio examines the concept of “universal truth” through the symbolic relationship between the individual and his “universe” in the age of modern globalisation and technological advance. :phunk studio has infused it’s own unique visual language, iconography and wit to create an urban mythological tale informed by social satire and popular culture. It reflects the collective's multi-cultural identity, background and environment.

:phunk studio has developed an original illustration technique that is inspired by the halftone screen and shading techniques of comic books and manga to illustrate the is "Universe". It is an evolving visual system that seamlessly references and reinterprets their diverse influences such as traditional Chinese philosophy, craft and folklore, Hong Kong pulp fiction, Japanese manga and otaku subculture, Western popular culture, art and design movements into the creation of a universe populated by it's own world of creatures, objects, people, ideologies, buildings, landscapes, cities, and natural forces.

Venue : Gallery J.Chen, 3Flr. No. 40, Lane 161, Sec. 1 Dun Hua S. Road, Taipei Taiwan.

Exhibition Period: 19th Jan (Opening Reception) to 10th Feb 2008

- peep individual artworks @ Gallery J. Chen

- read about their 2007 Universality exhibition here

(cheers for the headsup, Eddie!)