Exhibition photos…first days

9 Dec

After Dan, Nicola, Zoe and I managed to clear out the rest of the junk left in the interior of the shop, we gave it a good clean and rearranged the shelving in preparation for the exhibition. As we pulled up the metal shutter for the ‘Re-Toyed Trash’ exhibition opening at 1pm on Thursday, several curious glances from other shop owners in the Merrion Market suggested that we had transformed the space into something new.

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We had two offers in one day from men who wanted to paint us a sign at a low cost. They had discovered that our shop was newly opened and were quick to get in with their offers. Once I had told the men that the two ladies who were renting out the shop were graduates from fine art courses and were going to paint ‘theartmarket‘ sign themselves, the men left looking rather disappointed.

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We had many curious passers-by who were not intentionally in the Merrion Market for our exhibition and would come and ask us questions. I found this to be a great benefit of the location of this venue, we not only had people who came down after seeing our posters around the town, on the internet and via emails….people who were wandering through the Merrion complex would stroll in and check the exhibition out. One man remarked that it had a very ‘welcoming’ feel to the space and this is unlike many galleries, which can be less welcoming to the general public on the street.

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I enjoyed the encounters I had with people wandering in and asking me questions, I met many interesting characters in the first two days. One lady (not pictured here) after seeing some of Dan Walls work told us a story of how her friend’s dog ate another friend’s parrot and how looking at Dan’s work reminded her of this. She also insisted on making a contribution and wrote in our guest book stating that she would like to see more of these creations. IMG_3433Dan's Frederfeeko toys

This is Dan Walls ‘Badgerborg’. When the stomach area is pressed the badger makes a wailing noise and when the shoulder is pressed the badger moves. Dan often re-uses the mechanical components from the toys that he finds and puts them together to create his unique toys.

'Badgerborg' by Dan Walls

This is Dan’s rabbit bag . He works with road kill and gives dead animals a new life in his work. To enable him to use this kind of material in his work, Dan has been learning taxidermy for the last 5 months. He only ever uses found objects, re-used materials and (already) dead animals in his work.

Dan's rabbit bag

This is Jonathan Bointon’s ‘Glassback Bear’. This soft toy has shards of glass protruding from it’s fur. Jonanthan says, ‘this distorts the ideas of cuddliness and comfort that one usually associates with teddy bears.’'Glassback bear' by Jonathan Bointon

Nicolar Bells’ ‘Stitchikers’ soft toys. They travel the world via people passing them on and their travels are documented by the bearer of the Stitchiker at the time and photos of their whereabouts are uploaded onto Nicolar’s website. One lucky Stitchiker managed to be passed on by Des Lynam (left in the photo below).

'Stitchikers' by Nicola Bell

Nicola Bells ‘Eew!’ toys. ‘Eew!’ stands for Ecologically Ethical World. Each character represents a sustainable solution, for example wind or solar power. Each of them is made from sustainable or recycled materials and these toys attack the idea of creating designer toys in plastics and uncompostable materials.
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One Response to “Exhibition photos…first days”

  1. Contractor Fred July 26, 2007 at 3:27 pm #

    Nice post. Thank you for sharing your expertise. I found it enlightening.

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