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Works Cited Group Exhibition opens April 11

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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Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with Patty O’Dumpling!

March 15th, 2014

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In honor of all things green whether it be grass, mountains or beer Shawnimals, Squibbles Ink and myplasticheart bring you a new limited edition, hand painted vinyl Pocket Pork Dumpling to celebrate the most irish of holidays, St. Patrick’s Day! Patty O’Dumpling is all decked out in an Irish flag motif with clover design on the back. Each dumpling is designed by Shawn Smith of Shawnimals, painted by Joe Somers of Squibbles Ink and sold exclusively at Shawnimals and myplasticheart. What’s more? If you’re really lucky you may be able to find a special four-leaf clover version of Patty. With only a 1/10 chance, you really would have to have the luck of the irish! Patty O’Dumpling is available for $11.99 starting St. Patrick’s Day March 17th at shawnimals.com and myplasticheart.com

Patty O’Dumpling

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Junior : Dark Night unleashes Wednesday 3/19

March 14th, 2014

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The Dark Night returns as Junior dons a familiar set of greys for his next colorway release. Based on the original Dark Night colorway of the resin Cranston Fellows Jr. by Lou Pimentel, he will haunt the dark alleys of the city looking for candy and assorted treats. Dark Night Junior will be available at myplasticheart.com and at our NYC retail location starting Wednesday 3/19 for $34.99

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Sweet Nothings : New Works by Kelly Denato – Sneak Preview 3

March 12th, 2014


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“I Love You To Pieces”

In the third installment of these sneak previews here on the mph blog, artist Kelly Denato talks about the visual language she’s developed in the work for Sweet Nothings, opening this Friday, March 14 at mph!

In your work, I often see roses, ribbon like objects, and spindly digits poking through orifices. Please give us an idea of what these images or any other reoccurring imagery represents in your art.

 I do have a visual language that I use to express themes in my work and it grows and expands every time I create something new. There is no definitive “key” or “legend” for the symbols the language contains, and the things they represent can change and evolve depending on the theme of the piece or the series they are being used in. I often have open, closed, or empty, eyes and mouths that are either oozing, steaming, weeping or being poked at – mouths and eyes are tools we use to express and to connect to others. I like to think of these visuals as examples of how frustrating and ineffective that communication can be. The ribbons in my work have represented blood, sweat, tears, breath, etc. The spindly digits or “tubes” in my work have been representative of connections and longing. The thought behind the paper roses for this particular batch of paintings and drawings in “Sweet Nothings” are being used as symbols of falseness, fragility, and the idea of being a lovely and intricate impostor. The globular clusters that have seeped into this series, are representative of similar objects as the ribbons, but they also represent things like dew, crusty excretions, vomit, plants, bodily growths.  I visualize them as this sugary, saccharine, sap-like accumulation. They ooze. I think of all of these bits of imagery as characters and try not to confine them to a singular meaning, this way they can be less limited and take on other roles on other stages.

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“Turn My Insides Out”

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“Your Mouth”

See the above pieces and way more of Kelly’s amazing work this Friday at the opening of Sweet Nothings!

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Sweet Nothings
New Works by Kelly Denato
Opening Reception Friday, March 14th
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Exhibition runs through April 6th

kellydenato.com
myplasticheart.com

myplasticheart
210 Forsyth St.
Lower East Side
New York
646.290.6866

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Sweet Nothings : New Works by Kelly Denato – Sneak Preview 2

March 10th, 2014

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“I’ll Eat You Up; I Love You So”

Here you’ll find the second preview for Brooklyn-based artist, Kelly Denato’s solo show opening on March 14 from 6 – 9PM at myplasticheart. Today, Kelly discusses the intention and theme behind this upcoming exhibition. Keep an eye on the mph blog, as we’ll be uncovering more about this show and Kelly’s work during the week.

In your work for the upcoming show Sweet Nothings at mph, the emerging imagery and title suggest a thematic slant toward the bittersweet nature of love. Is this your intention?

I think “a slant toward the bittersweet nature of love” is quite an appropriate descriptor in regards to this body of work. “Sweet Nothings” are hyperbolic, trivial, expressions of love, affection, and sometimes obsession. I often use language as inspiration for my imagery, as you may have noticed in the titles of many of my previous works, and these romantic whispers are chock full of visual ammunition; “You Invade My Senses”, “I Could Drown In Your Eyes”, “I Love You To Pieces”, “I Could Eat You Up”, etc.

Duality is also important to me in my work and “Sweet Nothings” are a marvelous example of that. When someone expresses himself or herself in this way, it could be a disguise for more impure motives or, perhaps, at the time these sweet nothings are whispered, the emotion and intensity are sincere, but one day, the recipient’s name can’t even be recalled. These expressions of love, friendship, or admiration can be very intense and intensely fleeting.

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“You invade my senses”

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 ”Your Smell”

Sweet Nothings
New Works by Kelly Denato
Opening Reception Friday, March 14th
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Exhibition runs through April 6th

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