Posted by Curto on July 11, 2008 at 11:37 PM CST
The Vader Project , a reimagining of the iconic Darth Vader helmet by some of today's hottest pop and underground artists, will be on display July 19-21, 2008 at Star Wars Celebration Japan , a landmark event being held at Makuhari-Messe in Chiba just outside Tokyo to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars. For more information visit www.celebrationjapan.comor

The Vader Project is curated by Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks of DKE Toys. Kelemer and Marks gathered close to 100 of the hottest underground and pop surrealist painters, artists , and designers to participate. Each artist was given a 1:1 scale authentic prop replica of the actual Darth Vader helmet used in the Star Wars films. Each helmet served as a blank canvas for each artist to paint, design, mash up, and customize.

Japanese artists include:

  • Bounty Hunter
  • Chino
  • Dehara
  • Devil Robots
  • Gargamel
  • Itokin Park
  • Mad Barbarians
  • Mori Chack
  • RealxHead
  • Secret Base
  • T9G
  • Touma
  • Usugrow
  • Yoko d'Holbachie

    Many of these artists jumped at the chance to lend their talents to one of the most iconic pop culture characters in film history.

    "This could not be a timelier event," Kelemer said. "The pop surrealist/ lowbrow/graffiti/designer art scene is exploding around us. A canvas is what you make it, from bunnies to cows to toilet seats. The 'platform' group show has been around, and we have seen it all."

    Ugly Doll co-creator David Horvath said it best: "It's Darth Vader! !! It's the most recognizable character in the universe. After this exhibition we don't ever need to be in a platform show again."

    The Vader Project
    The Vader Project originally premiered at Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles in May 2007. From there it traveled to Star Wars Celebration Europe in London in June 2007. July 2007 brought 10 new helmets to the Star Wars Pavilion at the famed San Diego Comic -Con on International . The Project's exhibit at Star Wars Celebration Japan marks the first time the collection will be on display in Asia. The future plan is for the exhibition to travel to museums, galleries, and events around the world. The helmets will then be offered publicly at auction. Details will be announced later. For more updates sign up at

    Dov Kelemer & Sarah Jo Marks
    The Vader Project Co-Curators and Co-Founders of DKE Toys Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks make up one of the largest designer vinyl and art-toy distributors in the world, exclusively representing over 100 companies, artists, and designers. Kelemer started the business selling Star Wars memorabilia more than 15 years ago. With The Vader Project he has finally found a way to meld both his passions. Marks divides her time between managing DKE art exhibitions and all DKE promotions including STUFFED: a plush food show.

    Artist List

    Troy Alders   Kii Arens   Attaboy   Anthony Ausgang   Axis   Aye Jay   Gary Baseman   
    Andrew Bell   Tim Biskup    Mark Bodnar   Andrew Brandou   Buff Monster   
    Mister Cartoon   Mr Clement   Robbie Conal   CRASH   Steven Daily   Dalek   Cam de Leon   
    Bob Dob   Tristan Eaton   Marc Ecko   Eelus   Ron English   FERG   
    David Flores   Brian Flynn - Hybrid Design   Paul Frank Sunich   Huck Gee   
    Fawn Gehweiler   Mike Giant   Girls Drawing Girls   Gris Grimly   Joe Hahn   
    Haze XXL   Jesse Hernandez    Derek Hess  Jeremyville   kaNO  
    Sun-MinKim & David Horvath   Jim Koch   Frank Kozik   David S. Krys - DSK Designs   
    Peter Kuper   Wade Lageose - Lageose Design   Joe Ledbetter     Simone Legno - Tokidoki 
    Mad   Marka27   Mars-1   Bill McMullen   Melvins   Brian Morris   Nanospore   Niagara   
    Mitch O’Connell   olive47   Estevan Oriol   Alex Pardee   The Pizz   Plastic God   
    Playskewl   Dave Pressler    Ragnar   Jermaine Rogers   Erick Scarecrow  
    J. Otto Seibold   Shag   Sket-One   Shawn Smith   Winston Smith   Jeff Soto   Damon Soule  
    Bwana Spoons   Jophen Stein   Suckadelic  Gary Taxali   Cameron Tiede  
    Touma   UrbanMedium  Michelle Valigura   VanBeater   Amanda Visell
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