Fans of KAWS on Facebook saw a surprising version of the artist’s Companion figure today – which, it turns out, is a piece created by Robert Lazzarini. Lazzarini and Brian Donnely (KAWS) are both New Jersey-born Brooklyn residents, and the two move in overlapping circles in the art world, with notable support from Honor Fraser, Jeffrey Deitch, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Lazzarini’s signature is heavily distorted sculpture; the viewer’s brain is compelled to find the right angle from which to view his perspective-warped objects. His most celebrated recent work is based on weapons – .38-caliber Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers, knives, brass knuckles – distorted in conflicting directions. Amazingly, Lazzarini creates his sculptures in the same materials as the originals. That presumably makes this project less materially challenging, but Lazzarini has certainly put major twists into KAWS’ Companion, with versions in three classic KAWS colors. The piece is scheduled for a January 2011 release at KAWSONE.com; check out all three versions after the jump.