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Preview for Works Cited :: Brian Butler

April 8th, 2014

 

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We’re excited to share with you previews this week in anticipation of the upcoming exhibition, Works Cited, opening this Friday, April 11 from 6 – 9pm. Up first is the work of Brian Butler, who redrew the cover of RL Stine’s The Haunted Mask, an early book from the Goosebumps series.

About the work Brian says, “I drew it because at least once a year, around Halloween, I think of the story. I used to go into seasonal spook shops in the mall and basically try on every single mask. I’d roar or yell in different voices and try to scare my younger brother. A shriek from my brother could only be attributed to the design of the mask, as I was indifferent to the use of surprise, and would pop up with different faces with assembly line precision. My grandfather would grow impatient with my costume charades, and try to save my sibling by derailing my experiment with logic. ‘Do you know how many other kids put on those masks?’ he’d say, ‘If just one kid sneezed in that mask before you, it will make you sick.’ I’d be unfazed, all I would hear is ‘You are behind on your research. Everyone else already conducted this experiment on their younger brother.’”

 “Fortunately for my test subject brother, I eventually read The Haunted Mask, and it changed my perspective. My excitement to try on every mask in the spook shop became a cautious gamble with one or two masks. And even those wouldn’t fully be put on my head, for fear that they’d wrap and fuse to my face, leaving me a grotesque troll, bound to live in a cave forever. RL Stine wrote an effective book that haunts me to this day. I was certainly a fan of the entire Goosebumps series, but that story in particular stuck with me.”

Thanks to Brian for sharing the backstory to this fantastic piece!

If you’d like to see the full show before the opening, please email us at previewme@myplasticheart.com to be added to the preview list.

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“Works Cited” Group Exhibition
Opens 6 – 9pm, Friday, April 11, 2014 at myplasticheart; Runs through May 11, 2014

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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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