Archive for the ‘MPH Exhibits’ Category

Monstrosities returns Jan 2nd!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

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MONSTROSITIES is back for another installment and this time will be just as impressive as the last! This year’s lineup has almost doubled with 12 amazing US and Japanese Kaiju artists being represented including the following:

Blobpus
Bwana Spoons
Buildbots
Figure Lab
Gumtaro
Guumon
Paul Kaiju
Mechavirus
Miscreation toys
Mutant Vinyl Hardcore
Splurrt
Snatchpunch

MONSTROSITIES opens on Saturday Jan 2nd from 7-10pm Paul Kaiju/Mutant Vinyl Hardcore/Splurrt figures will be available via lottery at 8:30PM during opening night of the show and all other releases will be available for purchase starting 7PM in-store. Some of the artists will be in attendance so come out and meet some of your favorites!

Monstrosities

Opening Reception Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 7 – 10pm

Exhibition runs through January 31st, 2016

myplasticheart toy store & gallery

210 Forsyth St.

New York NY
10002

646.290.6866

Play : New works by Calvin Ma and Erika Sanada

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

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myplasticheart presents ‘Play’, an exhibit featuring new works by San Francisco based sculptors Erika Sanada and Calvin Ma. Both artists take on decidedly different approaches to the theme but are connected in the whimsical nature of the final outcome of their work. The pieces for this show represent their childhood experiences and the need to express and revisit emotions both good and bad. They each give their interpretations on the theme of ‘Play’ and what it means to them:

I create odd ceramic creatures that represent my fear, worry and anxieties. I’ve been worrying every little things since I was child. For example, I worried getting germs from door nob, bench, and other stuff, and I afraid of breaking relationship with my friends.. But now, I had kind of break though with my anxieties and I feel much better than before. So this new series, ‘Play’ represent I’m dealing with my fears and worries well. I made my ceramic puppies and birds playful and joyful, but still it has a little bit of bitter taste like my state of mind – Erika Sanada

My work for this show is a bit different from what I usually make and something I’ve been itching to do for a while. Toys and action figures were such a huge part of my childhood and memories of playing with them as a kid drives my passion for what I do now in the studio. The aesthetic of my work is heavily inspired by the whimsical nature of toys with a bit of gloominess to it. As a kid, you use your imagination and put yourself in the shoes of your favorite plastic hero and create adventures for them. With that in mind, I’ve put together a small series of my generic ceramic figures all dressed up in superhero costumes and they’re ready to play! – Calvin Ma

Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday December 12th from 7-10pm. Both artists will be in attendance to chat and discuss their work. Exhibition runs through December 31st 2015.

Play
New works by Erika Sanada and Calvin Ma
Opening Reception Saturday, December 12th 2015 7-10pm
Exhibition runs through December 31st 2015

myplasticheart toy store & gallery
210 Forsyth St.
New York NY 10002
646.290.6866
www.erikasanada.com
www.calvinmasculpts.com

www.myplasticheart.com

About Erika Sanada
My work reflects the weird and the creepy; I am fascinated with the dark side. “Odd Things” is my current body of work and I use ceramic for making bizarre creatures. They have extra body parts such as multiple arms, legs, teeth and ears. These are how I express my sensitive mind. There are two reasons I create misshapen and abnormal work. One is my bitter childhood and the second is my constant anxieties.

When I was young, my friends ignored and bullied me. As a result, I stayed indoors and watched supernatural movies and animations. They helped me escape from reality and gave me power. These movies showed main characters using magic to turn others into freakish animals and insects. This transformation inspired me to make work that reflected the images that I saw in those movies and animations.

I have had an anxious personality since I was a child. I worry about everything, even tiny things. Anxiety drags my mind to the dark side, which is more powerful and intense than my bright side. Sometimes I can’t move forward because I am emotionally paralyzed. I decided to go face-to-face with my anxieties by creating irregular and eerie creatures representing my dark side. As a result, these creatures show my twisted mind as I try to overcome anxiety through my creation.

About Calvin Ma
I utilize the action figure form in my sculptural work to explore personal issues and struggles with social anxiety. As an adult, I face difficulties in the social environment. Meeting new people, being in the company of strangers, crowds, peers and intermittently among friends and family brings about a heightened nervousness that takes over and impedes my ability to function socially. Even as a child I was reserved and apprehensive, so I turned to toys to keep me entertained. I believe the tactile activity of playing with them coupled with my active imagination helped establish this passion for the action figure early on. There was something about picking up your favorite hero or villain and creating stories and adventures that captivated me. It felt only natural to tap into this childlike sense of exploration and storytelling through my artwork.

Join the conversation and see sneak peeks of some of the pieces here  – https://www.facebook.com/events/649049548532140/

Join our Preview List – http://eepurl.com/ba9hl1

Boy and Bear opens Saturday Oct. 24th

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

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Sumo wrestling pandas. Cave-dwelling goblins. Board-gaming ghosts… These are some of the wonderful inhabitants that exist in an imaginary world. Join Boy and Bear as they set out to make new friends and explore places full of wonderment and adventure.

myplasticheart presents Boy and Bear, a new show by New Zealand based artist and illustrator Richard Kuoch (aka podgypanda). This show will focus on the cuter side of things featuring both prints and original work in Richard’s signature blue pencil style. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday October 24th from 7-10pm. Richard will be in attendance to chat and discuss his work. Exhibition runs through November 22nd 2015.

Boy and Bear
A solo show by podgypanda
Opening Reception Saturday, October 24th 2015 7-10pm
Exhibition runs through Nov 22nd 2015
myplasticheart toy store & gallery
210 Forsyth St.
New York NY 10002

646.290.6866

www.podgypanda.com
www.myplasticheart.com

PodgyPanda is Richard Kuoch, an artist, illustrator, animator and graphic designer from Auckland, New Zealand. His characters exude that playful innocence we so often associate with childhood. Utilising his background in animation and graphic design, he follows his motto “Blink, Smile, Share” by creating characters and illustrations that show his fun and unique take on life through art.”

Join the conversation and see sneak peeks of some of the pieces here – https://www.facebook.com/events/1633837090223234/

Join our Preview List – http://eepurl.com/ba9hl1


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Coarse : New York Scratches opens Friday Oct 7th

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

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Coarse – Omen Fade Ignited

Press Release
October 6, 2015
For Immediate Release

coarse to release a very special figure this Friday at myplasticheart in NYC

Fans attending the reception for coarse’s latest exhibition, New York Scratches, will be able to purchase the vinyl toy designers’ most personal release yet. The reception sees the release of Omen Fade Ignited, a hand-packaged glow-in-the-dark version of the figure coarse released to commemorate the late Roman Shevchenko, a coarse collector who passed suddenly in 2014.

The piece, which measures 7” tall and costs $90 (USD), will be available at the reception happening this Friday, October 9 from 8-10 p.m. at myplasticheart, 210 Forsyth St, NYC.

Several new pieces by coarse will be on display at the reception, and coarse artists Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk will be in attendance.

 

ABOUT OMEN FADE IGNITED

When avid coarse collector Roman Shevchenko died suddenly in late 2014, the team at coarse responded by dedicating a piece to Shevchenko at their next exhibition. Entitled Omen: Fade, the resin sculpture captured their iconic owl, Omen, with his eyes half-closed and his head bowed in grief.

At the time, it was announced that coarse would release the figure as a vinyl edition in 2015 with proceeds donated to Shevchenko’s wife and family. Two editions of the figure were offered to collectors in September 2015, and now a third and very special version is being released.

Omen Fade Ignited reimagines the grieving owl in haunting glow-in-the-dark vinyl and each figure comes shrouded in an opaque paper envelope inside a hand-screen-printed cotton drawstring bag. Each envelope is sealed by a hand-stamped sticker that reads “this goodbye was not like the rest.” Every Omen Fade Ignited was hand-packaged by the coarse team at their studio in Los Angeles as a token of respect to Shevchenko.

Sales of Omen Fade Ignited also come with a limited edition postcard and each figure will be limited to one piece per customer.

 

EVENT DETAILS

coarse: New York Scratches
Friday October 9
8-10pm
My Plastic Heart
210 Forsyth Street
New York, NY 10002

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NYCC 2015 – Ghost Girl Expo

Monday, September 28th, 2015

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This year we’ll be showcasing a small exhibition at New York Comic Con featuring a talented group of artists working on Matt Siren’s new Mini Ghost Girl platform. Each artist will be putting their signature flair on this iconic character, which you may have come across on the streets and galleries of NYC. This figure in its new mini size has never been release to the public so this may be your only opportunity to add a Mini Ghost Girl to your collection. We’ll be posting glimpses of what we’ll have in store in the next couple of days starting with L.A. artist Reactor88 :

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Reactor88 brings is signature totem motifs to the mini Ghost Girl form with these 2 amazing designs.

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Jenn and Tony Bot brings the cuteness with Lovesick and Gus custom Mini Ghost Girls.

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Alsyone & Maia by Candie Bolton

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Darkness on the Rise by Brent Nolasco

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Weeping Ghost, Sugar and Candy by Jon-Paul Kaiser