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“The Deliquesce of Innocence”🙈
Acrylic and Resin on Fiberglass Plaster
20 x 14 x 14 in
Los Angeles based artist Josh Mayhem's (b. 1979) lifelong habit of collecting children's playthings has fueled his passion for transforming said toys into objects d'art. Among his best-known pieces are those constituting his “Blown Away” series, in which mass-produced forms are covered in strands of resin and layers of acrylic paint to create gravity-defying drips that give the impression of the work being deconstructed by a strong wind. The popularity of this aesthetic has led to Mayhem being nominated for Designer Toy Awards, multiple releases with Kidrobot; the premiere worldwide creator and dealer of limited edition art toys, participating in TRASHed: Art of Recycling at Coachella Festival, having a solo exhibition at Clutter Gallery in Beacon NY, a solo exhibition and artist residency at Bruce Lurie Gallery in Los Angeles CA, a solo exhibition at PIQ Grand Central Terminal NY, and an exclusive partnership with China's leading art toy retailer, 1983 TOYS.
In the process of creating his well-known sculptural works, Josh Mayhem has used dozens of gallery-quality canvases as drop cloths. And as each became decorated with an accumulation of colorful drips, patterns began to emerge in the artist's mind. Augmenting each one with coatings of synthetic resin and additional painted splashes, these Gravitate series exude complexity through the floating effect the various layers create. ...