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Sebastian Masuda’s Colorful Rebellion (Seventh Nightmare) at Kianga Ellis Projects

Sebastian Masuda's Colorful Rebellion Teddy Bear
Does This Teddy Bear Remind You Of Anything? (All Photos By Gail)

If you pay attention to global pop culture, then you’ve probably heard of the Japanese Harajuku style and Kawaii (Cuteness) culture, where the adorable has an undercurrent of rebellious edge. For just a short time you can immerse yourself in a kind of Cuteness Overload at Tokyo-based Artist and Fashion Designer Sebastian Masuda’s Colorful Rebellion (Seventh Nightmare) installation, through March 29th only at Kianga Ellis Projects. Geoffrey and I paid the space a visit yesterday and it was positively disorienting.

Sebastian Masuda's Colorful Rebellion
Detail of Walls and Ceiling

According to the Artist’s statement, Masuda has, “created this work as if I was writing my own autobiography.” The small room (about 150 SF), covered on all sides with the collage of multicolored material speaks to his different reflections on “the various mortal sins I have committed, or to which I have fallen prey, through my life thus far.”

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The only props in the room besides the wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling ocean of multicolored brick-a-brack is a twin size bed, which evokes the feeling that you are entering child’s fantasy bedroom.

Sebastian Masuda's Colorful Rebellion

Since the space is so small, it gets crowded with, say, more that five people in the gallery at one time, especially of you are trying to get photos that show a good section of the space. But fortunately, people were being very courteous about waiting out in the hall of it got too crowded, since many visitors (including several Asian girls dressed in their full-0n Harajuku Babydoll Lolita fashions) wanted to get their photos taken against the colorful backgrounds. And who could blame them?

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Details of Colorful Rebellion

You probably won’t see another exhibit quite like this again in your life, so if this seems like your thing, don’t waste any time in checking it out.

Sebastian Masuda’s Colorful Rebellion is on Exhibit only through through March 29th at Kianga Ellis Projects, Located at 516 West 25th Street, Studio 306B (when you get to the Third Floor Landing, walk through the door marked “3” and the exhibit is down the hall on the right) in the Chelsea Gallery District. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

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Kickstarter Campaign: Mr. Smith, Spinning on a Dizzy Edge

Robert Smith Figure
Image Source

Everybody and his brother has a Kickstarter campaign these days, but on occasion, one of them catches my eye. I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for The Cure, from the time of Three Imaginary Boys, even. So it’s understandable that I would be charmed by this fantastic, hand-crafted resin Bobblehead figure of Robert Smith, which represents the Cure front man at his most adorable.

Created by New York-based artist Derrick Cruz, Mr. Smith: Spinning on a Dizzy Edge is the 3rd and final chapter his Musical Muses Series. According to Cruz, this triptych is an idolatrous effort to immortalize the musicians who’s sincerity and courage helped him survive the 80’s as a teen. I’m sure many of us can relate.

Read all about the genesis of this campaign and see a fun video of little Robert being put together at This Link.

For a $75.00 pledge, the first 100 backers will be guaranteed a handcrafted and painted Mr. Smith figure to be shipped by Christmas 2013, although the 7.25″ tall Robert Smith figure will be available in both painted and unpainted versions. This project will only be funded if at least $12,000 is pledged by Friday November 22nd, 2013 at 5:40PM EST, so all of you Cure collector completists will want to get on it! Visit Kickstarter at This Link to donate and get some rad swag!

Thanks to Pastic and Plush For The Tip!

Citizen Brick’s Chemistry Enthusiast

Lego Walter White Citizen Brick Chemist

Art Toy Enthusiasts Citizen Brick take the LEGO platform and put out small-run figures that you’ll probably never see LEGO release. They’ve recently released a new figure that looks an awful like the main character from one of my favorite shows. Just read the description:

“This minifig knows that science is serious business best left to professionals. In his stylish hazmat suit, Citizen Brick’s new Chemistry Enthusiast always puts safety first while cooking up the purest product on the market.”

So adorable!

Thanks to Plastic & Plush For The Tip!

Citizen Brick’s Chemistry Enthusiast

Lego Walter White Citizen Brick Chemist

Art Toy Enthusiasts Citizen Brick take the LEGO platform and put out small-run figures that you’ll probably never see LEGO release. They’ve recently released a new figure that looks an awful like the main character from one of my favorite shows. Just read the description:

“This minifig knows that science is serious business best left to professionals. In his stylish hazmat suit, Citizen Brick’s new Chemistry Enthusiast always puts safety first while cooking up the purest product on the market.”

So adorable!

Thanks to Plastic & Plush For The Tip!

Yes, It Exists: The Crazy Cat Lady Game

Crazy Cat Lady Game
“Go Cat Crazy!”

Pictured above we see my lovely friend Ivy posing with a board game called The Crazy Cat Lady Game. Said game is yet another genius item we found at Greystone Gardens during Berkshires Adventure Weekend 2012. We do not know the exact rules of the game, but we are pretty sure that possession of at least a dozen cats is a prerequisite.

Photo of The Day: A Jar of Candy Buttons

Jar of Candy Buttons

I love this photo I took of a jar of Candy Buttons found at Greystone Gardens, a really cool shop in the Berkshires that sells old fashioned candies, antique-y things, toys and other fun stuff.

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