Artists


Mark Landwehr
Sven Waschk
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coarse emerged in 2003 when artist Mark Landwehr began sculpting to forget his day job and the harsh winter in his hometown of Hannover, Germany. A series of sculptures exploring surf and skate culture in Southern California caught the eye of the apparel brand Vans, and an ensuing collaboration brought coarse to the forefront of the vinyl art toy world.

After solo exhibitions in Berlin and Chicago, Landwehr relocated to Hong Kong where the precision and sharp lines of his sculpting contrasted the frenzy of the city, and his work began to reign in the chaos around him.

In 2008, Sven Waschk joined coarse, and the duo began sculpting together. As a team, their work evolved from three-dimensional illustrations into narrative-driven sculptures that tell stories about sexual identity, fear of time passing, and relationships falling apart.

Since 2013, the coarse studio and gallery has been based in Los Angeles. The sprawling warehouse is where the artists design and produce limited edition wood and resin sculptures known as coarse originals. These pieces are available for acquisition at exhibitions and by appointment.

Every few months, the duo selects a coarse original to be produced as a limited edition vinyl reproduction, and these releases are sold in their online pop-up store as well as at galleries and coarse stockists worldwide.

Through exhibitions around the world and collaborations with Amnesty International, Warner Bros., and Ikea, coarse has become known internationally as a leader in vinyl art toys. coarse’s sculptures reflect the world we live in and yet their impeccable details, understated complexity, and the occasional hint of the fantastical suggest they have materialized from a different reality.

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Solo Exhibitions

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2003 Plastic Particles Group exhibition / Berlin and Tokyo
     
2008 noop show Solo exhibition / Chicago
  noop show Solo exhibition / Berlin
     
2010 glimpse of truth Solo exhibition / Chicago
     
2011 shadows over paradise Solo exhibition / Taipei
     
2012 open studio night Hong Kong
  souls gone mad Solo exhibition/ Chicago
     
2014 Voyages Solo exhibition / Tokyo
  Prisoners Beside Me Solo exhibition / Chicago
     
2016 Cold Ways
Nights that haunt the past
Solo exhibition / Chicago
     
2017 Past / Present Solo exhibition / Seoul

Releases

     
2003 DNB prototypes Book [50]
     
2004 flake, fluid and float 12'' vinyl figures cream [300], revolt [200], switch [300] and pain [200]
     
2007 pain 1:3 26'' vinyl figure
  flake, fluid and float 1:1 Fibreglass statues [25]
     
2008 chopper 1:3 26'' vinyl figure [200]
  paw! rainbow 12'' vinyl figure [200]
  paw! blackout 12'' vinyl figure [200]
  jaws 13'' vinyl figures cream [100] and co x ro [100]
     
2009 paw! pain 12'' vinyl figure [200]
  jaws switch 13'' vinyl figure [200]
  paw! milky bliss 12'' vinyl figure
  paw! spectrum 12'' vinyl figures blue [50], yellow [50] and purple [50]
  jaws pain 13'' vinyl figures hkg [100] and signature
     
2010 false friends loser 13'' vinyl figures hkg [200] and signature
  jaws loser 13'' vinyl figures blush [50] and white [100]
  false friends blackout 13'' vinyl figures [300]
  false friends in pain 13'' resin figures [88]
  false friends the sun age 13'' vinyl figures [88]
  eyes of fear Fibreglass busts
noop [200] and paw! [200]
     
2011 oop loser 7'' vinyl figures hkg [200] and signature
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loser
7'' vinyl figures hkg [200] and signature
  casting shadows
switch to fall
7'' vinyl figures [200]
  oopCr 7'' vinyl figures [150]
  paw! raw 12'' vinyl figure
  casting shadows
pain
7'' vinyl figures soul [200] and signature
     
2012 rise of pain in dreams 17'' vinyl figure [200]
  paw! blush
collection Selim Varol
12'' vinyl figure [2x77]
  oop prey 7'' vinyl figures [300]
  dark sorrows 9.25'' resin figures [100]
     
2013 op prey – blackout 7'' vinyl figures oop and aw! [150]
  souls gone mad
14'' vinyl figures dream set [123] and signature set [234]
  omen daybreak 7'' vinyl figure [345]
  locks 11'' vinyl figure blush and milky bliss [250]
  the passage 11'' vinyl figure set [222]
  souls gone mad – ignited
14'' vinyl figures signature set, omen shine and omen shimmer [180]
  omen blink 3.5'' vinyl figures omen hoot and omen hush
  dark sorrows – nightshade 9.25'' resin figures [99 pcs].
  omen blink 3.5'' vinyl figures blush, milky bliss, the sun age and switch to fall
  omen pain 7'' vinyl figures grim and grudge [234]
     
2014 locks pain 11'' vinyl figure [300]
  locks blackout 11'' vinyl figure [100]
  omen wood 4.5'' wood figure [25]
  flake, fluid and float 10th 12'' vinyl figures cream [320], pain [220]
  omen blink
3.5'' vinyl figures lustre and haze
  omenblackout 7'' vinyl figure
  omen blink
3.5'' vinyl figures loser [trip and flop], ignited [beam and flash], monochrome [eclipse and orb]
  omen totem
14'' omen vinyl figures loser black, jaws and pain [200]
  the passage
11'' vinyl figure sets ignited [150] ignited monochrome [222]
  omen blink 3.5'' omen vinyl figures fugi and shibuya
  omen outburst – loop 7'' vinyl figures white [30], blue and black [300]
     
2015 omen outburst – ignited 7'' vinyl figures glint and glare [400]
  omen totem
14'' omen vinyl figures loser blue and loser white [100]
  Permanent Guest

5'' vinyl figure sets Endless Shadows, Promised Bliss [345 pcs each] and Delusion
  omen fade

7'' vinyl figures infinity, requiem and ignited
  Last Days Of Autum 11.5'' vinyl figure set shiver [234] and frenzy [345]
  cancan
9.5'' vinyl figure velórios, saudade and mágoa [345]
     
2016 Do Not Disturb 8'' vinyl figure sets Endless Shadows, Promised Bliss [345] and Delusion
  False Friends – Reignited 13'' vinyl figures Reignited Monochrome [123] and Reignited [345]
  cancan – inginted
9.5'' vinyl figure [280]
  Glitch
9'' wood figure walnut and white oak [50 pcs each]
  Last Days Of Autum 11.5'' vinyl figure set chop chop [150]
     
2017 Do Not Disturb – Ignited 8'' vinyl figure sets [150]
  Enjoy Your Stay 12'' vinyl figure Prism [299] and Blackout [199]
  ZigZag 4.5'' vinyl figure set Shiver [300] and Katsura [300]
  Cells 10.5'' vinyl figure Narcosis [299] and Paranoia [299]
  Strangers 14'' vinyl figure Narcosis [299] and Paranoia [299]
  States of Matter 15'' vinyl figure Trance [345] and Cosmos [234]
     
2018 Cells – Ignited 10.5'' vinyl figure [234]
  meltdown 16'' vinyl figure alter ego [299] and the long goodbye [199]
  Jaws and Aura –
Half Moon
10.5' and 14''' vinyl figures
  paw! coarse x instinctoy 12'' vinyl figure
     
2019 paw! – apex 12'' vinyl figure [299]

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Los Angeles 90039 CA
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