LUXSTAR ‘Innergalaktik’ is a collaborative project of Dacosta! aka. CHOCOLATE SOOP® and Frazer Adams of FRAZER CREATIVE. The show is the journey of 2 characters and the world they inhabit. With special guest: Nate Mitchell aka. SQUID KIDS INK, LUXSTAR ‘Innergalaktik’ is a mash up of digital and analogue, graphics and sculpture, animation and audio, and will explore existing and emerging elements of pop-culture from all corners of the galaxy.
September 6-28, 2013
2206 Main Street, Vancouver BC
After a year hiatus the SPARK Animation events are back and better than ever. I’ve been lucky to have been involved with SPARK for the past few years now as the art director. Here’s a look at the postcard I created for the event. Join us on September 12, as we celebrate the launch of our fantastic film festival.
In recognition of “the end of the world as we know it~” 2012, the Signs of the Apocalypse Show at My Plastic Heart opens Friday August 3rd. Curated by Lou Pimentel, the show has a long list of super talented folk on it. Inspired by the origami piece done by fellow Vancouverite Joseph Wu who did the 4 horses of the Apocalypse, I decided do my take on the riders. If you’re interested in getting the set of prints (4), please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about availability.
July 2007 CHOCOLATE SOOP™ proudly introduced its collectible 7″ vinyl art figure DCTO: Jibun Project (Dreams Come True Object) based on the ancient Japanese legend of Daruma, a 5th century monk and the founder of Zen Buddhism…
DCTO is a modern interpretation of an ancient Japanese Zen doll known as a Daruma doll. This curiously limbless, traditionally red-cloaked figure with unpainted eyes is used for personal dedication to a new venture such as starting a business, beginning a new path in life, or given as a gift for celebrations like New Years, weddings and birthdays. Painting in DCTO’s left eye shows commitment to a goal; once the goal is achieved, the right eye is then painted.
DCTO (‘dik-toe’) is designed to right itself when it is knocked over, reflecting the Japanese saying, ‘Nanakorobi yaoki’, “Fall 7 times, rise 8 times”. This reminds us that no matter the number of times we may stumble, those with a persistent heart will rise again to achieve their goals, symbolizing relentless dedication and an undaunted spirit.
~ In a modern, fast-paced world that is becoming increasingly virtual and complex, the DCTO: Jibun Project is a simple, tangible focus point on which to anchor one’s dreams and aspirations.~
December 2008, Chocolate Soop™ in association with JANM (The Japanese American National Museum) presented the first ever custom vinyl toy show ever held in a museum. The theme of the show was “Dreams to Dreams” and is based on the poem of the same title written by Dacosta! which speaks to possibilities of dreams. 49 artists from around the world customized DCTO for the event, and in celebration of Japanese New Year’s 2009. Artwork was displayed at the Museum through the month of December and through the Museum’s Oshogatsu celebration (a significant celebration in Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo area). Visitors where also treated to an educational and entertaining program about the significance of Daruma and other cultural icons for the New Year.