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Bad Luck Club : Angie Mason

October 21st, 2011

“Some Magic Left in Me”

“Chicken Heart Bone Belly Cloud Bummer”

We spoke to artist Angie Mason about her work in The Bad Luck Club, which will be up at the gallery until October 30th and is currently available online for purchase. Here’s what she had to say about the inspiration behind her work:

“When Aya invited me to be a part of this show, I certainly felt it was good luck being in such wonderful company. But back to the theme of the show, The Bad Luck Club. To tell you a bit about the work I made specifically for this show, I spent time thinking on this Bad Luck theme, as it certainly struck a chord in me and probably many others, with times not being so easy these days. Everything is complicated and the struggle to get by is an even greater challenge in life.”

About her painting “Some Magic Left in Me”:

“The central character is a tree girl who has been compromised and cut down, but she still manages to have new growth emerge from within herself even with all of the negative forces and darkness surrounding her. I guess I can say in all honesty this is very much reflective on things I have gone through in recent years – the struggle one can face in life to keep magic coming to stay positive and keep pushing forward no matter how dark things get. I wanted to take a negative idea and put a positive spin on it. Even though this character has seen some brutality in her existence, making life pains stronger, she manages to conjure up strength, light and hope even amongst a difficult landscape.”

And when asked about the art scene in Brooklyn:

“I have a great, talented bunch of friends who live in Brooklyn and because of this I was fortunate enough, or shall I say lucky to be included since, in fact, I am from New Jersey. But I find myself in Brooklyn often visiting friends’ art shows as well as taking part in shows at such places like the fantastic MF Gallery and Cotton Candy Machine, to name a couple. There is a rich energy with so many talented, creative people making things and really I would say the whole scene is pretty transformative, shaping neighborhoods and landscapes. The energy has been a welcoming, positive one that I hope continues to spread and grow, changing even more perspectives with all the wonderful visions going on.”

Thanks, Angie!

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Bad Luck Club : Stella Im Hultberg

October 19th, 2011

“Reverie”-  Mixed Media – 18 x 22 framed

We spoke to Stella Im Hultberg, NYC artist currently showing work in the Bad Luck Club exhibition at mph until October 30th. Stella is formally trained in industrial design and is a self-taught painter whose talents have grown, drawing interest in her female characters. “Reverie” depicts a woman with flowing hair, an element often found in Stella’s work, and according to her, the subject’s hair represents “some sort of interior of her mind.”

When asked about the idea behind her work, Stella noted that her artwork allows her to articulate her feelings. She said, “…I’m never really sure what I have in mind, when I start my pieces… I don’t seem to know any other way to express those weird moods I have in my head.”

In exploring the Bad Luck theme further, We asked Stella if she ever had felt affected by luck (good or bad):

“Yes, I do feel mostly lucky, especially when I look back – it mostly seems like bad luck that turns out to be good in the end. There was a stretch in my life where I felt like every turn I made was met with a huge wall, but it seems all too long in the past.

I also had a bike accident a couple years ago where I was knocked off my bike and got a concussion (and temporary memory loss). But all in all, it was a minor injury after all, and I came out relatively unscathed – it could’ve been lots worse!

Mostly, I find myself luckiest to have gotten into art when I did – when a lot of galleries were opening up and were looking for new artists – so lucky to have been offered that opportunity.”

Thank you, Stella! Make sure to check out Stella’s and the other Bad Luck Club artists’ work here.

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Toys Around Town : Economy Candy

October 18th, 2011

Baby Treeson and I snuck away from NYCC and the watchful eye of proper adults this past weekend to indulge in a serious candy fix. With Halloween just around the corner, we knew that we’d be able to find candy somewhere, but we didn’t realize we would find a store as impressive as Economy Candy at 108 Rivington Street, just a five minute walk from myplasticheart. The logo of this place alone is enough to draw anyone in, featuring a cartoon boy, surrounded by candy, opening his arms to those in need of a trip to the dentist. Inside it was like we had stepped into a Hansel & Gretel dreamland, minus the terrifying witch. The next time you are visiting myplasticheart and are craving a sugar high, stop by Economy Candy!

 

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NYCC 2011 Recap

October 17th, 2011

Cobra Commanders, Boba Fett, Transformers, exclusive releases and signings by some of your favorite artists – What do these all have in common?! The power of NYCC! myplasticheart had an awesome time in The Cultyard this year, dishing up vinyl art, plush and prints, including exclusives and pre-releases by Mad, kaNO, Ryan the Wheelbarrow, Matt Siren and more! Many of the pieces we had at NYCC have sold out, like “Guilty as Charged” Pork Dumpling, but here is the list of remaining pieces (while supplies last!):

1.5″ text_r series labbits
Sketchbot : Red Version
Ghost Girl : Glow
Koguma : Kazuhiro
Jeremiah Ketner’s Urchin Print
Mork : Prisoner 816
Dragon King (pre-order)
3.5″ DIY Teddy Troops
Humphrey Mooncalf : The Entertainer
Yoka 2.5″ : Veil Chrome
Yoka 2.5″ : Taiwan Series
MyPlasticHearted BadBad
5″ Qee : Captain Sturnbrau
5″ Qee : First Mate
5″ Qee : The Forgotten

The con went quickly but we managed to snap some shots to savor the fun! Thanks to all of the artists and to everyone who came out and visited our booth!

Brent Nolasco

Matt Siren incognito

kaNO

Mad

The finished product!

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NYCC EXCLUSIVE : MyPlasticHearted BadBad

October 13th, 2011

This NYCC Exclusive FluffyFriend by Jordan Owen and Pock-it Palz invites you to open your heart to the the only plush toy that lets you serve up bite after loving bite. You might think just because BadBad loves to chomp everything he has no heart. Well, it’s time to show the world just how big (and plastic) BadBad’s heart really is!

These are super limited to only 10 pieces – so you know they won’t stick around for long. Each BadBad comes signed and numbered on his lil’ booty. Jordan will be at the myplasticheart booth #879 on Sunday at 12pm, if you’d like to come say ‘hello!’ BadBad will be available starting on Saturday at the mph booth for $50.

He’s cute, cuddly and ready to CHOMP!

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