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Art Exposure 3: Labbits & Frank Kozik

Photo from The Designer Toy Store

Photo from The Designer Toy Store

Although I wasn’t initially familiar with the name “Frank Kozik”, the mustachioed rabbits, er labbits, that have been appearing around town did seem familiar. Around a year ago I was introduced to Kozik’s work through some of the design sites that I visit on a daily basis, but forgot about the showcase of his work, which included his labbits. Thanks to a Medicine Hat Media commentator we now know that the rabbits that were appearing around town were not your average rabbits, they were labbits by Frank Kozik.

Frank Kozik is not a Canadian, and possibly has never even been to the Hat, let alone Alberta. So I’m kind of breaking the mold a little bit here by doing a non-Alberta/Medicine Hat related Art Exposure edition. But a fan of his work lives in this city, and out of whatever motivation spray paints his iconic labbits around town. Why? Boredom? The thrill? Either way, I like it because it is a form of expression different from the typical gang-graffiti that loses itself in its esoteric representation – the labbits, on the other hand, represent something visual and iconic. But let me backtrack a little bit: I am not condoning graffiti in any way, shape, or form. All that I am saying is that I see more merit in this type of graffiti than the standard swear word/gang signature. It is still vandalism and will still get removed, there’s no way around that.

Click here to check our previous “Rabbits with Moustaches” post

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3 Responses to “Art Exposure 3: Labbits & Frank Kozik”

  1. December 26th, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Sean says:

    I wish the labbit was gang graffiti in Medicine Hat. They could embroider it on their leader jackets and be a 1950’s singing doo-wop gang, real tough-like.

  2. December 27th, 2009 at 10:42 PM

    jace anderson says:

    thank you for the labbit clarification story, i’ve seen them numerous times but had no idea their origin. Any chance you can blog an explanation to the paratrooping cow graffiti that is (not nearly as prolific) around the Hat? 🙂

  3. January 17th, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Krug says:

    A doo-wop gang just like the one Frank Reynolds(Danny DeVito) was in…

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