Whether they realise it or not, anyone who has been on social media over the past few years knows the work of Truck Torrance, aka 100% Soft. He makes the emojis that often auto-populate for Star Wars, Marvel, the X-Men, and so many others. And this weekend, he’s bringing his instantly recognisable and wholly pleasing visual style to a very surprising and unique set of posters.
Rick and Morty get lenticular.Image: 100% Soft
The show is called “Kawaiidoscopes” and it opens at 7:00 pm on March 2 at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. The show is comprised solely of lenticular prints, which are prints that move depending on how you look at them. You can see an example above, and here are three of the pieces in the show, including two that are exclusive to io9. And yes, these are GIFs.
Rick and Morty lenticular by 100% SoftImage: 100% Soft
Spider-Man lenticular by 100% SoftImage: 100% Soft
Star Wars lenticular by 100% SoftImage: 100% Soft
“I had been toying with the idea of doing lenticular prints for the show and thought using kaleidoscopic images would be a good marriage to the medium,” Torrence told io9. “There can be a lot of fun to be had with the patterns and depth. I really just wanted to do some cute psychedelic kawaii freakouts.”
Since he’s so well known for media people that normally see on computers, when he does make tangible art, he likes it to be more than just a piece of paper. “I always like my physical work to have some sort of interactive element to it,” he said. “With some of the pieces you want to poke [a] finger through and try and touch the characters, and that makes for a pretty fun experience.”