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Kenny Scharf, Inner and Outer Space at Deitch Projects

Kenny Scharf Face Painting
All Photos By Gail

Whether you’re seeing his colorful works out on the street, or in the gallery, Kenny Scharf has one of the most instantly recognizable styles in the contemporary art world. Deitch Projects downtown is currently hosting Inner and Outer Space, an ambitious exhibit of Sharf’s newest works which features several distinct collections that provide evidence of Scharf’s enthusiasm for expanding his oeuvre, while staying true to the playful characteristics of his work that his fans love the most.

Deitch Projects Building Exterior

You can get a hint of what you’re in for before you even stop inside the gallery

Drip Faces

The faces are melting in Kenny Scharf’s new paintings. “Things are disintegrating,” says the artist. “I am reacting to our increasingly out-of-control situation.” Scharf’s work continues to be infused by his inexhaustible optimism and his sense of fun, but there has always been an engagement with profound issues beneath the façade. Ecology, the environment, and capitalist excess have long been central themes.

Drip Faces

Kenny Scharf’s work has always combined and contrasted the pop culture he absorbed growing up in Los Angeles with the important innovations in modern and contemporary art. His earlier work fused Dali and Disney. More recently, he has been in dialogue with Pollock and Abstract Expressionism. In the new work, he merges his distinct style with color field and stain painting. “I like to connect with every movement in 20th-century art,” Scharf explains. “I make new hybrids, taking it all in and putting it in a blender.”

Inner and Outer Space Installation View

Drip Faces

Scharf is very enthusiastic about his new “sloppy style” that characterizes the major paintings in the exhibition. Rows of faces disintegrate into colorful drips reminiscent of both New York School painting and the serial imagery of minimal art. In these new works, Scharf is striving to create clear and simple forms that resonate with meaning. He feels liberated and excited, adding that “it is so much fun.”

Inner and Outer Space Installation View

Like his artistic colleagues from his early years in New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, Scharf studied cartoons as a way to intensify figurative expression. He makes use of cartoon faces to express emotion with abstract power.

TV Bax Installation View

In the past, Kenny found many of the items integrated into his art in the garbage,and even today he still stops his car when he finds plastic toys and TV sets thrown away on the street. These discarded plastic objects have inspired the two other bodies of work featured in the show, one being   TV Bax.

TV Bax Red and Green

The TV Bax are painted on the plastic backs of discarded television sets. Like the toys, the TV backs have a disconcerting anthropomorphic quality. Scharf wonders if their anonymous designers created these plastic covers, which are different for every model, to resemble a face.

TV Bax Red

TV Bax Red Detail
TV Bax, Detail

Scharf finds these thrown-away toys and TV backs to be poignant objects, resonant with emotion. “Each of these objects carries a story,” Scharf explains. He thinks about how people might have struggled and sacrificed to buy these toys and TVs, and about the intense relationship that children and families have with them. Scharf resurrects the lives of these inanimate objects in his work. He also notes that garbage keeps changing with technology. The backs of TV sets used to have large protruding “noses.” Now they are flatter and more similar to a canvas.

TV Bax Purple and Blue

TV Bax Sky with Clouds

Toy Assemblage

Another new collection, his Assemblage Vivant Tableaux Plastiques, inspired by the Nouveau Realistes, are constructed from his stock of recycled plastic toys. These wall sculptures, which mix assorted toy parts with Scharf’s whimsical animated faces, are my favorite items in the exhibit.

Toy Assemblage

Toy Assemblage Installation View
Installation View
Toy Assemblage

Toy Assemblage Detail
Assemblage Vivant Tableaux Plastiques, Detail

Toy Assemblage

Toy Assemblage

Since his childhood, Scharf has been fascinated by outer space. Space travel and the portrayal of infinite space have long been central themes. In his life and in his work, he tries to eliminate boundaries and borders. As he pursues his dialogue with the great painters of the New York School, he is increasingly preoccupied with the inner space of painting. His exploration of inner space creates a dynamic tension with his passion for outer space. With his characteristic exuberance and his moral voice, Scharf reformulates his unique combination of Pollock and Pop to create a vibrant new body of work.

Kenny Scharf Signage

Kenny Scharf’s Inner and Outer Space will be on Exhibit Through December 22nd, 2017 at Deitch Projects, Located at 18 Wooster Street (Just North of Canal) in NYC.

Kenny Scharf and Friend
Kenny Scharf and Friend at the Exhibit’s Opening Reception.

Inner and Outer Space Installation View

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Remote Control Cars for Girls!

Remote Control Cars

This Weeks Pink Thing of The Day is a Guest Post Contributed By Jen Dukson

Gone are the times when girls were supposed to sit tight and play with their Barbies! Nowadays, parents understand that our tastes and likes are not defined by our gender, but by our personality — a girl with a strong personality must have a Pink Remote Controlled Car!

Why pink? Because Pink is the color of joy, and it takes a stand in this world filled with dark, pretentious colors. Pink is an innocent color, and when you see it on an RC rally car or a monster truck, you know that toy is tons of fun.

However, kids still need adult protection and that’s why I can only recommend RC vehicles suited for beginners. Big trucks and fast RC cars are indeed amazing and come with lots of features but they can also be dangerous for small children. Still, if your girl is mature enough to understand responsibilities, you should browse the list with Best RC Trucks for Sale – Top 10 Reviews. When your baby girl grows up, she can lease a car, for further info click here.

On the other hand, if your small girl likes cars and wants to be a driver someday, one of the two models below will definitely make her day!

#1: 1:16 R/C Assortment 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302- M. Vehicle
Ford Mustang Boss

A beautiful pink RC car for a beautiful girl who is just learning how to drive! This car is mostly recommended for small children (under 7 years old). The car doesn’t come with lots of features and because it is a small version (1/16th scale) you shouldn’t let your child drive it outside. Still, it is a lot of fun to drive it inside and works on a wide range of surfaces. Even more, it comes with a sticker sheet so your little girl can get creative on her brand new car’s design.

I like it for the gorgeous design and because it is quite durable in spite of the small size and plastic body. Still, make sure to not leave it around toddlers – they love putting everything in their mouths!

#2: Traxxas 58034-1-PINK 1/10-Scale 2WD Short Course Racing Truck

Traxxas 58034-1-PINK
The Traxxas truck is bigger than the first option (1/10 scale) and it comes with a lot more features and power. While it’s not one of those remote control drift cars, it is impressive when you drive it outside, on rough terrain. It is also quite fast and comes in several color versions, but we’re only covering pink RC cars today. It is also equipped with a NiMH battery that can be recharged and the Titan 12-Turn 550 Modified motor for increased power.

This cute truck is every racer girl’s dream came true as it looks bad ass and it behaves just like a real racing truck! Even more, if your girl is passionate about engineering, this is the perfect RC car for her as many elements resemble a true car’s inner design.

Both cars are a good fit for beginners as well, but for an adult, I would recommend the Traxxas. The control system is easy to understand but it’s also ingenious and fit for someone who understands how radio control works.  In any case, RC driving is a fun activity that will help parents bond with kids while the young ones develop their creativity and sense of competition.

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Author Jen Dukson has a passion for geeky toys, especially drones. During the weekends, she loves to visit parks with her pet and play fetch.

Yes, It Exists: Divine Fashion Dolls

Divine Dolls Gold Outfit
All Photos By Gail

The Goldberg Company (those responsible for the original 1978 Dolly Parton doll) fashioned an impressive set of four Divine character dolls in 1984. While the full line was on shelves in time for Christmas, most never made it under the tree. Most units were left unsold, even after being discounted as much as 90%. Goldberg was banking on Divine’s disco career creating the necessary interest to sustain the line, but it was an appeal that did not translate in the toy department.

Divine Dolls Full Set

It appeared that American girls under 12 were not ready for this kind of Barbie, which is unfortunate given Goldberg’s future plans to add six more figures to the line.

Divine Doll In Pacakging

Upcoming fictionalized Divine characters included Astronaut Divine, Party Girl Divine, Divine as Shirley Temple, President Divine, Waitress Divine (Dawn Davenport) and Surf’s Up Divine.

Divine Dolls

Photographed as Part of the Lost Merchandise of the Dreamlanders Exhibit at La MaMa Galleria in NYC.

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

Family-Friendly Animated Holiday Film HOLY NIGHT! Available Free on YouTube!

Holy Night Movie Poster

If you’re the parent of small children and are looking for a fresh and fun Christmas film to watch with them, you might want to check out HOLY NIGHT! A family-friendly adventure film appropriate for children of all ages, HOLY NIGHT! takes place on Christmas Eve. Two toy worlds live together in the living room of a house. Two traditions confronted. On one side, the Christmas tree, home of Santa Claus and his elves. On the other, the Nativity Scene with the Three Wise Men and the rest of its inhabitants.

Holy Night Still 2

When everyone is ready to celebrate a quiet Christmas the alarm goes off: somebody has stolen Santa’s sleigh and Baby Jesus has been kidnapped! Follow our heroes, Sam and Sarah, in an incredible adventure to save the most magical night of the year! Sounds like fun, right?

Watch it now for Free at This Link!

Holy Night Still