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Matthew Dutton’s Midnight Paracosm at Stephen Romano Gallery

Midnight Paracosm
All Photos and Videos By Gail

A Paracosm is a detailed imaginary world created inside one’s mind. Such a fantasy world may involve humans, animals and things that exist in reality, or it may also contain entities that are entirely imaginary, alien and otherworldly. Commonly having its own geography, history and languages, the experience of such a parascosm is often developed during childhood and continues over a long period of time: months or even years.

Paracosm Mantel

Paracosms are also made reference to as types of childhood creativity and problem-solving. Some believe that paracosm play indicates high intelligence. In his installation entitled Midnight Paracosm, Tennessee-based artist Matthew Dutton is creating his own world of creative play. And if you are already familiar with Dutton’s delightfully disturbing found object sculptures, you will understand that this tableau represents exactly what is going on in his mind most of the time.

Santa Deer

Taxidermy Deer with Santa Mask and Wig/Beard

Hula Baby in Birdcage

My Absolute Favorite: Hula Baby in a Birdcage with Blonde Fall

To me, Midnight Paracosm looks like a Living Room on Christmas Morning in a Midcentury Nightmare. Let’s go to the Video!



As you can see, there are four animatronic creatures inside the Midnight Paracosm, three of which emit audible voice recordings that sound like that of small girl child. I asked Matthew about those voices and he told me that the recordings are all from conversations with his two (“almost three”) year old son. So adorable, and yet very creepy!

Gnome Head
Gnome Head

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How fast would you lose your mind if you saw this Mutant Porcupine Baby crawling up the wall? Scary!



And do you even want to know what’s under the blanket on the couch? I prefer to let my imagination run wild!

Mickey Mouse Heads

Thank god this one didn’t move or speak.

Elephant

Matthew Dutton’s Midnight Paracosm isn’t quite as much fun as going to Disneyland while on Acid, but it’s a lot cheaper.

Midnight Paracosm by Matthew Dutton runs concurrently with Saint Bowie at the Stephen Romano Gallery, Located on the Southeast Corner of Harrison Place and Porter in Bushwick Brooklyn. Take the L Train to the Morgan Exit and Walk a few Blocks East on Harrison to Porter Avenue. There’s a Vietnamese Restaurant Across the Street. Please go there and let me know if the Food is any good.

Midnight Paracosm Signage

Porcupine Baby

Yes, It Exists: Fred Flintstone Bowling Pins

Fred Flintstone Bowling Pins
Photo By Gail

In 1965, the Arco toy company (later acquired by Mattel) manufactured a Flintstones Bowling Game with pins molded in the likeness of Fred Flintstone. Fred sure did love to bowl.

Photographed in the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

Top 10 Super Advanced Technologies Santa Needs To Deliver Your Presents

Cyber Santa Claus: Amazon Drones, Supercomputers and Other Cutting-edge Technologies Santa Can Use To Deliver Christmas Gifts

Hello Kitty As Kiss

Kiss as Hello Kitty

You can look at the above cartoon in one of two ways: either this is the band Kiss dressed / made up as a bunch of Hello Kitties, or it’s Hello Kitty as the band Kiss. Either way, the crossover appeal is fairly transparent , as both Kiss and Hello Kitty have merchandised every item imaginable from T-Shirts and Toys to Coffins and Vibrators. Let the battle for the title “Kings of Corporate Whoring” begin!

Thanks to Hello Kitty Hell For the Image!

Michael Jackson Collectible Figure (Thriller Version)

Hot Toys Michael Jackson Thriller 12 Inch Figure
“Undead Undead Undead…”

From Hot Toys:
Michael Jackson’s performance in the Thriller music video will never be forgotten in our heart. Tribute to the world’s greatest entertainer of all time, Hot Toys is proud to present Michael Jackson in this 1/6th scale collectible figure. This life-like collectible figure depicts the King of Pop as he appears in his Thriller music video in 1983.

This Michael JacksonThriller collectible features:

– Hot Toys’ slim version TrueType body, over 32 points of articulation,
stands approximately 30 cm high
– 2 interchangeable heads – MJ head and Zombie head
– 2 sets of costumes (original red jacket and pants & the zombie suit)
– 2 sets of white socks with black shoes
– Five (5) sets of interchangeable hands and one (1) additional posing right hand
– 12 inch figure stand with the classic Thriller title and Michael Jackson nameplate

Release date: Third Quarter, 2009

Please note that while this item will be made available for sale in Hong Kong and Japan only, there is little doubt that a few will be exported over to the States and show up on eBay or on the shelves/behind the front counter of cool specialty shops like Forbidden Planet here in downtown NYC.