Has it actually been three years since I first wrote about Patient No. 6? (“Patient No. 6 is Ready for Discharge”) Time really flies in Toyland.
With his latest figure, the Ukranian artist has stepped outside the hospital walls, but clearly not left behind the “impulses of pain to the brain” that factored into his previous psychiatric art. When asked to elaborate on “I and MGH,” Patient No. 6 responded that the human figure with the giraffe head is very difficult to explain, but contains “echoes of the past.”
Having grown up in the U.S. (very different from growing up in the Ukraine, I’d imagine!), my mind wants to link toys and giraffes to Geoffrey the Giraffe, the official “spokesanimal” for Toys “R” Us. But Patient No. 6’s “I and MGH” bears little resemblance to the big box store’s mascot–who exchanged his spots for stars in a 2007 rebrand. (WTF?)
I continue to be intrigued by the world of Patient No. 6, and “I and MGH” is no exception. It’s great to see artists grow, and I especially like spotting their work in each other’s collections (see below). Patient No. 6’s new 5.5-inch hand-cast resin figure has just been released in an edition of 26 pieces in wooden boxes for $36 (including shipping) each. Get yours here. (I did.)
collection of DoubleParlour, studio visit 2012