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Preview for Works Cited :: Evoker and Flying Fortress

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Today we’re previewing the artwork of Evoker and Flying Fortress for the upcoming Works Cited group exhibition opening this Friday, April 11 from 6 – 9pm. Evoker’s work is up first, and he grew up reading books based on cartoons and comics, which is evident in his stylized work. Oh yeah, he also loves skateboarding!

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fortress1Master of the spray can, Flying Fortress pays tribute to the character Jim Button by Michael Ende, a very popular writer from Germany.

Thanks to Evoker and Flying Fortress and thanks to you for checking out this preview!

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“Works Cited” Group Exhibition
Opens 6 – 9pm, Friday, April 11, 2014 at myplasticheart; Runs through May 11, 2014




Preview for Works Cited :: Naoko Stoop and Paul Shih

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Today we’re previewing the work of Naoko Stoop and Paul Shih for the upcoming Works Cited group exhibition opening this Friday, April 11 from 6 – 9pm. Naoko’s work is up first, and is based on her book Red Knit Cap Girl, which was named one of The New York Times’ Best Illustrated Books in 2012.

About the work, Naoko says, “Living in New York City, it can be hard to see the beautiful night sky shining above the city lights. I was inspired to create this story after participating in Earth Hour, an event that encourages people to turn off the lights for an hour. Turning off the lights allowed me to sit quietly and appreciate the beautiful natural world and sky around me, beyond the light and noise of the city. No matter where we live, we can enjoy the beauty of the moon and stars shining above in the quiet darkness of the night, just like Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends.”

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paulshihCreator of the Doo Doo Diving app and New Zealand-based toy designer & artist Paul Shih’s work comes from his recollection of a Japanese folktale from his childhood.

Paul says: “My piece is inspired by Momotaro, a Japanese folk tale about a boy who was born from a giant peach, and his journey of fighting monsters in a distant island, where he met some new animal friends who helped Momotaro in his quest. It’s one of most unique and creative children’s stories I’ve read, and probably the most memorable one, as there are all sorts of products for it, I was really into it when I was a kid, remember saw the Momotaro movie, cartoon, played its own video game, and even till today I still check out its ever growing related products.”

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Thanks to Naoko Stoop and Paul Shih and thanks to you for checking out this preview!

If you’d like to see the full show before the opening, please email us at previewme@myplasticheart.com to be added to the preview list.

Join the event on Facebook!

“Works Cited” Group Exhibition
Opens 6 – 9pm, Friday, April 11, 2014 at myplasticheart; Runs through May 11, 2014




Preview for Works Cited :: Apak and Chris RWK

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

We’re so excited to share with you previews this week in anticipation of the upcoming exhibition, Works Cited, opening this Friday, April 11 from 6 – 9pm. Up first is the artwork of husband and wife team, Apak, whose work for this show is inspired by the intimacy of story time. Look closely and the details of this beautiful scene evoke the peacefulness surrounding a time well spent with a good book.

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Next up is Chris RWK’s Where the Wild Things Are inspired work. About the work he says, “I don’t remember a lot of books from when I was a kid. I do remember comics and cartoons. One book that does and will always stick out in my mind is Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’.  I’m sure this book meant a lot to a lot of people, but I will always feel like it’s my story. It has such amazing illustrations. I remember years later seeing the cartoon version on PBS and I was hooked again. The book would also pop up throughout my life as if it was meant to be there. Still I feel like Max wanting to get away.”

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Thanks to Apak and Chris RWK and thanks to you for checking out this preview!

If you’d like to see the full show before the opening, please email us at previewme@myplasticheart.com to be added to the preview list.

Join the event on Facebook!

“Works Cited” Group Exhibition
Opens 6 – 9pm, Friday, April 11, 2014 at myplasticheart; Runs through May 11, 2014




Preview for Works Cited :: Brian Butler

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

 

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We’re excited to share with you previews this week in anticipation of the upcoming exhibition, Works Cited, opening this Friday, April 11 from 6 – 9pm. Up first is the work of Brian Butler, who redrew the cover of RL Stine’s The Haunted Mask, an early book from the Goosebumps series.

About the work Brian says, “I drew it because at least once a year, around Halloween, I think of the story. I used to go into seasonal spook shops in the mall and basically try on every single mask. I’d roar or yell in different voices and try to scare my younger brother. A shriek from my brother could only be attributed to the design of the mask, as I was indifferent to the use of surprise, and would pop up with different faces with assembly line precision. My grandfather would grow impatient with my costume charades, and try to save my sibling by derailing my experiment with logic. ‘Do you know how many other kids put on those masks?’ he’d say, ‘If just one kid sneezed in that mask before you, it will make you sick.’ I’d be unfazed, all I would hear is ‘You are behind on your research. Everyone else already conducted this experiment on their younger brother.’”

 ”Fortunately for my test subject brother, I eventually read The Haunted Mask, and it changed my perspective. My excitement to try on every mask in the spook shop became a cautious gamble with one or two masks. And even those wouldn’t fully be put on my head, for fear that they’d wrap and fuse to my face, leaving me a grotesque troll, bound to live in a cave forever. RL Stine wrote an effective book that haunts me to this day. I was certainly a fan of the entire Goosebumps series, but that story in particular stuck with me.”

Thanks to Brian for sharing the backstory to this fantastic piece!

If you’d like to see the full show before the opening, please email us at previewme@myplasticheart.com to be added to the preview list.

Join the event on Facebook!

“Works Cited” Group Exhibition
Opens 6 – 9pm, Friday, April 11, 2014 at myplasticheart; Runs through May 11, 2014




Works Cited Group Exhibition opens April 11

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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“Works Cited” Group Exhibition
Opens 6 – 9pm, Friday, April 11, 2014 at myplasticheart; Runs through May 11, 2014

myplasticheart
210 Forsyth St., NY, NY 10002
(646) 290-6866
www.myplasticheart.com

The Studio Miners are curating their third annual group show at myplasticheart in NYC, opening on Friday, April 11, 2014. In this latest exhibition, entitled Works Cited, they’ve asked artists to delve into the world of children’s literature.

As part of the exhibition, myplasticheart will be accepting book donations on behalf of the Books for Kids Foundation (http://www.booksforkids.org/), a nonprofit organization based in NYC, whose mission is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at risk preschool-aged children. For each book donated, myplasticheart will offer the donator 10% off his/her next purchase in store on day of donation. Acceptable donations are brand new, hardcover books appropriate for children ages 0 – 6. For more book guidelines, please contact myplasticheart at (646) 290-6866. Book donations accepted until May 31.

Participating Artists:
Apak
Brian Butler
Evoker
Flying Fortress
Gary Ham
Michael Hsiung
Aya Kakeda
Sean Kernick
Abe Lincoln Jr.
Phil Lumbang
MCA
Courtney Moy
Clams Rockefeller
Chris RWK
Paul Shih
Naoko Stoop
Tim Sullivan
Mr. Walters

What the curators say about the exhibition:
“Stories are incredibly powerful tools – ones that teach, connect, inspire, and help us to learn about ourselves. As children, bedtime stories built our imaginations. Reading sharpened our mind’s eye as we envisioned the characters in our books. Beautifully crafted illustrations in picture books introduced us to artwork and at times served as teachers, as we recreated scenes from our favorite pages. With access to technology more readily available today, children aren’t as likely to sit down and read a book as they are to catch a snippet of a story in an online game or in a thirty second ad on television. Flexing your imagination through reading as a child is incredibly important in the development of creativity and visualization, so we are asking artists to reflect on the importance of literature in their childhoods in this upcoming group show.”

About the Studio Miners
The Studio Miners are Evoker and Team Sweet. On a trip to Florida in early 2011, the two swapped stories of previous visits to intriguing and inspiring spaces. They both had made it a habit to wander into or find invitations to these magical places. As the conversation went on, they decided it would be for the best to collect their efforts and start a website dedicated to documenting the wonderfully exciting world of artists, collectors, and creatives of all kinds.

About MPH
Established in 2004, myplasticheart is a toy store and gallery dedicated to bringing the best in both the designer toy and contemporary art world together in one place. Located in the Lower East Side in New York City myplasticheart provides one of the largest selections of designer art toys anywhere.

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