With the beginning of winter one month away, I viewed the Last Days of Autumn in-person for the first time. It was my birthday — Saturday, November 21st — and I was in Los Angeles for 2015’s DesignerCon. The coarse studio and gallery opening was that night, exhibited within being the Last Days of Autumn sculpture. Specifically, a resin version hand-painted by collaborator Amanda Visell, one used as the master for the vinyl Shiver edition.

The Concept of Last Days of Autumn

The original Last Days of Autumn piece debuted at the 2014 Stroke Art Fair in Munich, Germany. As the sculpture displayed at the open studio, this was a resin cast version that had been hand-painted by Visell. While it was unknown at the time, coarse and Visell would continue to make works together using a similar theme to this one. That theme being a struggle between mankind and nature.

This aspect is key to the tale behind this piece, one that is reprinted on the underside of the lid to the vinyl version’s beautiful box. Through the fable-like story, we’re introduced to the components in the Last Days of Autumn set: The Old Log, the lone survivor of a once lush forest, and the Boys & Girls who are tasked with finding firewood so their village might survive the forthcoming winter.

My Impressions of the Old Log

Like a fine art interpretation of a vintage cartoon, the 11.5” tall Old Log is wonderfully executed, with perfectly positioned outgrowths and a tactilely pleasing grooved bark. The figure’s palpable sadness is accentuated by excised elements, each of which is provided as a display extra — ones that can be placed around the figure or even slotted back into place on its body.

All the rings of the tree trunk are painted rather than sculpted, which gives a beautiful contrast to the bark’s feel. When you’re looking at the top, you might notice that there’s an inset magnet — one which allows for any of the children to be removed from their acrylic base and affixed securely on The Old Log.

My Impressions of the Boys & Girls

The two Boy and two Girl characters each have their own unique pose, proudly holding aloft their removable axe accessories. All the children stand between 4.5” and 6” tall, and I really love the thought that went into presenting their individual identities — from blissfully closed eyes, lost in a moment of ecstatic joy, to wide-eyed, toothy grins, happiness beaming forth. All the while, the four retain a familial feel through their shared golden locks and similar bedtime attire, nightgowns on the gals and drop seat pajamas for the guys.

My Impressions of the Last Days of Autumn

Last Days of Autumn Full Set
Not only does the whole set powerfully explore mankind’s exploitation of nature, but it really balances coarse’s sculptural creativity and Visell’s artistic aesthetic. Back when I reviewed Visell’s Ferals figure line from Kidrobot (see here), I touted the manner in which her brush applied feel was emulated and it is even more pristinely captured here, the colors having a more subtle, hand-painted interplay rather than a machine-like, spot application appearance.

Though none of these individual pieces have articulation, meaning they are true vinyl sculptures, the sheer number of parts in this diorama set — including fallen leaf pieces — really provide the owner with the a near infinite number of choices, allowing one to curate the work’s appearance in their personal display space.

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