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Toys For The Holidays

Curated by Julian Calero

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(Alexandra Rubinstein\, Venus Mobile\, 30 x30"\, Oil on Canvas)

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Featuring: Gary Murphy\, Ben Needham\, Alex andra Rubinstein\, Adam Taye\, Cook Williams

November 30 – Decem ber 16\, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday\, November 30th\, 6 pm – 9 pm< br />Hours: Sat/Sun 1-6pm and by appointment
Location: 17-17 Troutman Street #220\, Ridgewood\, NY 11385 (map)
Direction: L Train to Jefferson St. / B57 (Flushing Ave) to Cypress Ave

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Who doesn’t relish in having a gift to open up ar ound the holidays? When this time of year rolls around I still think about the black Huffy BMX bike with a bow on it under the tree and how within min utes I tried to jump a makeshift cement ramp only to find myself face first in the dirt on a cold December desert morning. Before that there was the i nnocent pleasure of my sister and I getting Cabbage Patch Kids and later th at afternoon pretending we were taking our new children on a cross country camping adventure. As we get older the toy objects we crave change\, but th e desire for the toys remain strong. 

Toys for the Holidays expl ores the concept of the toy and how it changes and takes on different meani ngs as we move into different stages of life. The artwork considers innocen ce\, over-protection\, imagined narratives\, innuendo\, and the impact toys have on the sex industry and the business of escapism.

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Gary Murphy recently received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. The works featured in this show explore new artistic territory beyond the i ntricate realistic painting he’s been known for. His installation creates a fictional narrative using his record collection as the spring board. The n arrative supplied by the aural mix ties the paintings and objects together to create an uncanny psychological space.

Recently featured in H ola Indio\, a bi-country collaborative art project presented by Vice Magazi ne and The National Museum of Mexican Art\, Ben Needham lives and works in San Francisco. This work juxtaposes the Real Doll and more traditional pain tings or photographs of women. The weaving of female representations are a meditation on the abstraction of desire and the commodification of the fema le body for private delectation.

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Alexandra Rubinstein is a Brooklyn based painter whose work often evokes feminist undertones. H er most recent paintings are a satirical commentary on society’s portrayal of female sexuality and it’s nature. Her paintings poke fun at the duality of a sex toy that acknowledges women as sexual beings\, yet presents an ext erior that evokes contrary associations. 

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Bulletproof Elmo is Adam Taye's depiction of a parental dichotomy: the balance between legitimate protection and paranoia when exposing one's children to the wor ld. The piece is an illustration of his inner dialogue of the best way to b alance the preservation of the innocence and magic childhood while teaching about a pragmatic awareness of danger. Adam lives and works in Brooklyn.\n


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Cook Williams was born in San Antonio Texas. He lives and works in Brooklyn and had this to say about his pieces in the show: "Wh en I was a kid I used to imagine that cartoon characters and product mascot s led private lives apart from what they were doing on the television. Thou gh not a very profound leap of imagination\, it did provide loads of entert ainment. As I got older\, it all morphed into something ridiculous and inap propriate and hot. Sometimes I draw that."

(Text by Julian Calero)

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Gallery Info:
Parallel Art Space\, formerly C amel Art Space\, is an artist run exhibition space committed solely to exhi biting exceptional visual art. Located in one of New York’s premier art stu dio buildings and positioned on the border of two of New York City’s most d ensely artist-inhabited\, culturally rich neighborhoods (Bushwick\, Brookly n and Ridgewood\, Queens) we endeavor to provide an exhibition platform bas ed on excellence\, contribution and connectivity\; serving the parallel int erests of artists\, community and culture alike.

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17-1 7 Troutman Street - # 220 - Ridgewood NY 11385  • www.parallelartspace.com

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