October 21st, 2011
We spoke to Lauren Simkin Berke, one of the participating artists in The Bad Luck Club, which will be up in the gallery until October 30th and is currently available for purchase online.
About the artwork:
“The four pieces in the show are part of a much larger body of work which comes from my obsession with found photographs and ephemera. I collect photos and draw from them daily (and post them on my blog) and then use those drawings for making work in a variety of ways (paintings, prints, collages, etc.). I’ve also been collecting random ephemera for most of my life and started using them as I started making collages a few years ago. I know very little about the subjects in the images, only what information can be obtained from printed or handwritten text on the backs of the photos, and from style indicators such as dress and photo formatting. For the most part my interest in these images lies in their being simultaneously particular to a time and yet universal in what they capture about life and human gesture. I picked these four as a group so that each piece had a different number of subjects (1 through 4), which is absurd, and for me, focusing on such an absurd particular and irrelevant detail is a sign of bad luck.”
When asked about her own luck, good or bad, Lauren said, “I have particularly good subway karma, which I very much appreciate.”
A luck that a lot of New Yorkers would like to have!
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.”
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.
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!
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
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!
Matt Siren incognito
The finished product!