Doing Strange Things to Toys. Exhibition: 7 Sept to 28 Sept 2008
From the cute and cuddly to the down-right disturbing; seventeen artists from across the country have been playing in the toy box and the results are spectacular.
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Curated by Sarah Nicholson the exhibition includes Tim Knight’s teddy bear worshipping installation “Deus Ursus”, Lee Stowers’ circuit bending interactive musical instruments, Val Jackson’s intricate fabric assemblages, and Stas Krakiewiczs’ miniature paintings of plotting toys.
The work explores the roles which toys take on for us, our obsessios and even confessions drawn from childhood memories and in particular the haunting and uncanny potential of toys mutated and animated. Like some ungodly version of Toy Story the gallery will be alive and twitching with the barely restrained hybrids.
The artists use toys as metaphors for many different issues: gender politics, the burgeoning responsibility of parenthood, globalisation, boundaries and authority, consumerism, spirituality, beauty and loss.
Humour sits at the centre of this exhibition; even the title raises a smile, making this a show which will delight, intrigue, inspire and maybe cause a few minor nightmares.
Carys Anne Hughes
The Kitchen Gallery
Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
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