Earlier this year KAWS announced that OriginalFake, the brand which existed as his more physical creative outlet, would produce its final season in 2013. Established in 2006, the brand was a joint venture between the artist, Medicom Toy and NEXUSVII. As the collective streetwear community mourns the loss of such a prolific brand, OriginalFake now releases their own statement in the form of a KAWS Companion toy. Entitled “Resting Place,” the 9-inch vinyl figurine depicts Companion as a figure divided in half. One half sees a grey and white-edition Companion, while the other gives a glimpse into the innards of the iconic character. The piece asserts several ideas in a relatively simple form–of the temporality of life, the relationship between a brand and its creator, and more–all of which are underlined by the medium by which it is expressed. Retailing for $315 USD, the grey edition of “Resting Place” sold out upon release online.
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