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Pamela Bennett Ader, Legal Vows at Phoenix Gallery

Legal Vows
All Photos By Gail

One of the most fun and unique exhibits I visited during last week’s Thursday night art crawl was Pamela Bennett Ader’s, Legal Vows, which I stumbled upon at Phoenix Gallery while running between shows at Emmanuel Fremin and Joseph Gross (fortunately, all of these galleries happen to be in the same building).

Installation View

White and Black Barbie

What I caught my attention when I walked by the gallery were little vitrines lining the walls, with Barbie and Ken Doll Couples in them! In celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision for the legalization of same sex marriages, Ader created these mixed media vignettes of same sex couples on their wedding days, using Barbie and Ken dolls that she bought on eBay. “With or without the permission of Mattel,” she offers, “my Barbies and Kens are a happy and legal lot!”

David and Hakim

This one reminds me of my friends David and Hakim, who got married over Easter weekend this year. When I tagged them both in a FaceBook post of the above photo, Hakim commented “We need to have this in our house!” I can imagine many couples might want to own one of Ader’s works to celebrate their happy unions!

Two Barbie's

In the exhibition’s press release, Ader reveals her motivation behind the artworks. “This body of work is in celebration of same-sex marriages. I believe in love and I believe in marriage. I also must confess to have had no feeling about the need for these legal marriages until 9/11. Compounding the horror of the day, I was horrified when I learned that many couples, some of which were life partners, were denied any benefits as surviving mates. In some cases, unknowing or unfeeling parents did not even include these loved ones in funeral arrangements not to mention the many who were evicted from their homes and questioned about possessions.” You can see there is deeply felt compassion behind this project, which makes it even cooler.

Two Kens

Legals Vows is only up for a few weeks, so don’t miss it!

Two Barbies

Pamela Bennett Ader’s Legal Vows will be on Exhibit Through November 28th at Phoenix Gallery, Located at 548 West 28th Street, Suite 528, In the Chelsea Gallery District.

Two Kens

Legal Vows at Phoenix Gallery

My Little Pony Toy Designer Gayle Middleton Creates new Line of Undead Monster Babies

Midnight Mori
I Am Such a Sucker for a Skull with a Bow

I can’t tell you how many recovering Goths I know that also have an insane obsession Hello Kitty or Uglydolls. It’s weird how those two things sort of end up going together: Goths with a Cuteness Fixation. If you can relate to that, I’ve got your cuteness fix right here.

Gayle Middleton, the designer who did the revamp of My Little Pony (and other popular toys) a while back has a dark side of her own which has led her to create a series of plush toys she calls Vamplets. They are pretty sweet.

Gayle is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a second run of all of these crazy cute little vampire and monster baby plushies, which sold out of their first runs almost immediately. I think you can see why.

Lily Rose Shadowlyn
The Cuteness

There’s way more to the story that we don’t have time to go into right now, so please check out the Kickstarter page, which features a super fun video staring Gayle, at This Link and make a pledge! There are some very cool and wildly collectable plush gifts available for pledges as low at $35. This campaign expires on April 11th so please help her reach her goal and get some bitchen swag in exchange. Good luck with the campaign, Gayle!

Secret Universe by Aelita Andre at NYC’s Agora Gallery

Aelita Andre Pointing to Paintings
Aelita Andre Admires her Work at the Agora Gallery (All Photos By Gail)

It was almost exactly one year ago that The Worley Gig was first introduced to the engaging painting style of art prodigy Aelita Andre via her 2011 solo exhibit, Prodigy of Color. Aelita, now five years old, has a new show at Agora Gallery and we were on hand last night for the opening reception of the current Andre collection called Secret Universe.

Island of Fairies By Aelita Andre
“Island of Fairies”

It sounds hilarious to observe that the artwork of a five year old has “visibly matured” since last year, but that is definitely the case with Secret Universe. Andre has maintained her signature abstract style, which involves dripping and pouring paint of various colors onto a canvas and then embellishing it with the adhesion of random found objects including toys, dolls, odd bits of plastic and metal, and lots of glitter! While these pieces are instantly recognizable as Andre’s work (and for those skeptics, a video of Aelita in the process of creating many paintings 100%-on-her-own plays on a continuous loop in the gallery) this collection includes several multi-panel works that further demonstrate Andre’s ability to extend her vision. Overall, her new work also has a more dynamic feel, for lack of a better way to describe it, and the individual works have sharper points of contrast within them.

Floating Rainbow Man By Aelita Andre
“Floating Rainbow Man”

Paleontologists Footprint By Aelita Andre
“Paleontologist’s Footprint Dinosaurs Nesting Grounds”

Photos don’t fully capture the brightness of the colors on these canvases, which is another reason that your enjoyment of Aelita Andre’s work will be so fully heightened by experiencing this show in person, if you are intrigued at all. It will be interesting to see how her painting style develops as she gets older and to see whether she will become less abstract in her representation while maintaining her surrealist style. There is no doubt that Aelita Andre is an authentic and exciting talent to keep an eye on. She’s also a really cute kid who was running around the gallery at Saturday’s opening like, well, a typical happy 5 year old. Her sprit is definitley captured in her work.

String City By Aelita Andre
“String City”

It’s also worth noting that while we fully expected to see Andre’s work selling for the tens of thousands of dollars, pieces are mostly in the $4800 – $6,000 range, with only two very large multi-panel works selling for close to $13,000. Certainly an affordable price range, though your mileage may vary.

Dinosaur Planet By Aelita Andre Detail
“Dinosaur Planet” (Detail)

Secret Universe By Aelita Andre is on Exhibit through July 3rd, 2012 only, so don’t waste any time planning your visit. The Agora Gallery is Located at 530 West 25th Street (West of 10th Avenue), 2nd Floor, NYC. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM.

Agora Gallery Sign For Aelita Andre Opening

Step Aside Barbie: It’s the Michelle Obama Action Figure!

Michelle Obama Action Figure
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It is no secret that Michelle Obama, this country’s First Lady, kicks some serious ass. I just love her. If I had a daughter I would so totally be buying her this super stylish Michelle Obama action figure doll – which is 6″ tall and has six points of articulation – for the holidays. Always on the cutting edge of fashion, Michelle can be purchased in three different color dresses, including Purple, Black and White, and a Red and Black dress based on the unforgettable outfit Michelle wore on Election Night 2008 (I wish I had her upper arms)! Available from JailBreak Toys for only $12.99! Preorder now for shipping November 30th!

Sick and Twisted Thing of the Day: Living Dead Dolls Pencil Toppers

living dead doll pencil topper

Too bad school is almost out, because school kids would be all over this shit. And who doesn’t love disembodied Doll Heads. I know I do. Mezco Toys has introduced a new line based on one of their most popular products – the Living Dead Dolls Pencil Toppers. Each topper is an accurate miniature recreation of your favorite Living Dead Dolls‘s head. Series one contains the disembodied heads of: Sybil, Schitzo and Sadie. Fits most common size pens and pencils (not included) and – for you completist collectors out there – each one is individually carded. My friend Debbie once had a Living Dead Doll made in her likeness and named after her. It was called Deadborah. Clever.

Sick and Twisted Website of The Day: Headless Historicals

I stopped paying attention to my MySpace page about six months ago (Face Book, baby!) but occasionally I still get the odd “friend request” from a shitty band or porn webcam. So, every few weeks I make a pit stop by the page just to check out who wants to be my “friend.” Today while I was quickly deleting a dozen or so earnest requests from guys with Yahoo instant messenger who claim to love me, aforementioned shitty bands and product salesbots masquerading as humanoids, I accidentally clicked on the page for a website called Headless Historicals, which sells “Commemorative Dolls of the Executed.” So I must say that MySpace is still good for something, because this site is fucked up.

According to their website, “Headless Historicals ™ are reworked dolls that were inspired by people throughout history who died in rather horrible ways. Each doll is dressed according to how they might have appeared during the peak of their success, while their bodies display the manner in which they died.” I wish I was making this up. And from their MySpace page: “Using forensic photographs, written historical accounts, and techniques used for creating horror effects in film, special attention is given to the details of the injuries sustained during the final moments of each character’s life. All of the eyes are glazed over to produce the lack-luster stare of the dead. Torn flesh and deep gashes are shown in all their gory details and for decapitations the severed muscle tissue and bone is visible in the wound.

These dolls are for display purposes only and are certainly not intended for children. Because these dolls were originally obtained from second-hand sources, slight imperfections are normal and often add to the doll’s character considering the nature of these reworkings. We are not affiliated with any doll manufacturer. Headless Historicals are created by artists Garith Pettibone and Shiva Rodriguez.” Awesome.

Lady Jane Grey, Severed Head Included, Sells for $169.99

Barack Obama Action Figures

Jailbreak Toys has announced a pair of new variants of their Obama Action Figure. The HOPE Edition, designed by Nelson Asencio, is a tribute to Shepard Fairey’s iconic poster, and the Inaugural Edition was designed by Jailbreak’s own J*Rock as a way to celebrate what’s about to become the biggest Inauguration Party of all time. Set to be released on January 12th, 2009, each figure will be part of a numbered limited edition of 3,000 pieces.

Thanks to Plastic and Plush for the Tip!

Yes, It Exists: The Birds Barbie!

I found this on Geekologie a few minutes ago and had to share.

“The Alfred Hitchcock The Birds doll is a genuine Barbie, manufactured by Mattel and everything. It’s not just a doll that somebody modded in their basement (although by all means feel free to do that yourself).” Here’s a description of the doll courtesy of Barbie Collector:

“Dressed in a re-creation of the stylish green skirt-suit worn by the film’s ill-fated heroine in an iconic scene, Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” Barbie® Doll celebrates the 45th anniversary of the acclaimed film. From the doll’s classic ensemble to the perfectly painted expression to the accompanying black birds, every aspect captures the film’s infamous appeal.”

And I certainly cannot do better than the Geekologie writer’s own fun commentary: “They run about $40 and are the perfect gift for a daughter that has no idea who the hell Alfred Hitchcock is. Also, I’m a little disappointed there’s no Psycho Barbie. What better way to teach our nation’s youth about diversity and acceptance than a knife wielding Barbie dressed as a man? Well, a man cross-dressed as his dead mother and about to get all stabby on some chick in the shower? I certainly can’t think of any.”

Hell-O Mr. Potatohead!

Potatohead Hellboy

I’ve been very much looking forward to the upcoming release of director Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy II and nothing got me more excited just now than seeing this awesome Mr. Potatohead Hellboy mash up! I want to own it!

Image and info from Mr. Potato Mash via Neat-O-Rama.