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Play : New works by Calvin Ma and Erika Sanada

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

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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

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Early Black Friday Sale at myplasticheart!

November 24th, 2015

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Get an early start on your holiday shopping with our Early Black Friday sale! Over 100 items are available online and in-store with some available for as much as 50% off!

Looking for more? Use coupon code BLKFRI15 for 15% off site-wide* from now until Sunday 11/29.
Receive additional savings when you shop in-store: from Friday 11/27 to Sunday 11/29, take advantage of our buy 2 get 1 FREE offer (of equal or lesser value) on blind box items (certain restrictions apply) at this in-store only event.

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Junction book signing with Nathan Jurevicius 12.04.15

November 18th, 2015
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Please join us on Friday Dec 4th from 7-9pm for a special event with artist and Scarygirl creator Nathan Jurevicius.  He will be signing copies of his new art story book “Junction” published by Koyama Press. Original artwork from the book will be on display and some available for sale, as well as a few surprises!
About the book
For generations the Face Changers have made the clay tokens that change the winds and faces of their kin. This month the youngest is tasked to take the ten thousand footsteps to the top of the mountain and engulf the town in the winds of change. Junction is an all-ages picture book that combines a variety of influences to produce a magical piece of modern myth making.
About Nathan Jurevicius
Nathan Jurevicius is an Australian/Canadian illustrator who has worked in a variety of media including designer toys, video games, and animation. He is best known for his acclaimed multi-platform project, the psychedelic and heartfelt modern folktale Scarygirl. Nathan currently lives and works in Toronto.
Junction book signing with Nathan Jurevicius
Friday Dec. 4th 7-9PM

myplasticheart
210 Forsyth St.
New York NY 10002
646.290.6866

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WuzOne signing at myplasticheart 11.11.15

November 5th, 2015

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Join us on Wednesday Nov. 11th from 6-8pm for a signing with WuzOne , designer and artist of the No Strings on Me Dunny by Kidrobot. Bring your Dunnies, blanks and books to get sketches! Handmade customs will also be available. See you there!

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Boy and Bear opens Saturday Oct. 24th

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
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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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