This past Wednesday, we attended the launch party for Ron English and Chris Brown’s collaboration, a new toy series, “Dum English.” Fresh off the heels of English (featured in the May 2012 Public Art Issue) doing the cover art of Brown's 2011 LP, F.A.M.E., the two have a new collab getting attention.
Here is a bit of the press release to get the full context of the collaboration:
Grammy-winning musician and street artist Chris Brown and legendary artist Ron English, along with noted sculpture manufacturers Garageworks Industries and leading production house in the vinyl toy industry Made by Monsters, have teamed up to offer a very exclusive line of collectible Toys and one of a kind Art sculptures launching in LA on May 2nd. Dum English may continue into other product extensions based on the success, i.e. Sneakers, etc.
Limited edition toys, first launch only 1000 pieces, art exhibit will showcase Chris’s street art for the first time at the Corey Helford Gallery on May 2nd, proceeds of sales will go to Symphonic Love. Ron’s work will also be on display as well as a montage of the behind the scenes creative process of making of the brand, sketches, molds. Chris Brown and Ron will also paint together on a life size Dum English astronaut sculpture in front of guests.
"Hands down right now my guy is Ron English. Ron has to be the more creative, 'out there' artist I see. His work is so precise but at the same time so unorthodox. I think it's incredible to be able to see him do what he does and be a fan," says Chris Brown.
"Chris is one of the sweetest, most talented people I've ever met. Working with Chris is like being a kid in a candy store,” explains Ron English. “The ideas we come with are fun and colorful, young and daring.”
In addition to his successful music career the Virginia native is also an emerging movie star (including leading roles in 2007’s This Christmas and 2010’s Takers). He can be seen in Think Like A Man and recently shot Planet B-Boy, both for Screen Gems. In addition Brown owns the successful MechanicalDummy.com blog site. An avid artist himself, Brown wants the lifestyle site to serve as a platform for artists who aspire to excel in the technological, cultural, style and branding realms.
As Brown works to help the next generation of artists, he also gives back to those less fortunate. He’s been affiliated with Best Buddies, an organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities along with developing his own Symphonic Love foundation, which aims to provide support and funding for arts programs dedicated to women and the artistic development of children.
Chris Kong is the founder and owner of Garage Works Industries and Made By Monsters. The production house is a leader in the vinyl toy industry, designing products for national brands including Vans, Evisu and Manufacturing products for companies such as Disney and bandai. Its sub-label, MADE by MONSTERS, is popular amongst figurine collectors, crafting custom sculptures and collectible vinyl toy figures with legendary artists such as Ron English, Jim Philips, Johnny Ace & Rammellzee. Although based in Hong Kong, Chris pulls inspiration from all over the world. His lifelong fascination with art and other cultures serves as the foundation of his creativity.
Following are a few images from the reception.
For more information, please visit www.garageworksindustries.com
Chris Kong is also the advocate of Vans' OTW Collection.