Founded in 2002, the art collaborative FriendsWithYou (FWY) aims to spread a message of “Magic, Luck, and Friendship.” What began as a collaboration between Samuel Albert Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, creating soft sculptures as a means to spread more accessible art like plush and wood toys – has long outgrown its humble beginnings.
The artists now spread out in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, large-scale experiential installations, live performances, and more recently, virtual reality and animation, making FWY an artistic movement more than anything.
Their sculptures and paintings, inflatables, and objects are meant to trigger playfulness, laughter, and inquisitiveness, with an end result of feeling connected. Influenced by the simple happiness found in everyday life, FWY’s work is designed to be accessible to all. Sounds like a plan!
Take a look at some of their playful creations in the gallery below and prepare to be hooked.