San Francisco-based artist and sculptor, Brad Isdrab, is building a world.
“When I close my eyes I find myself in other places. I want to express these worlds in whatever means I can. Currently this manifests by taking ordinary objects, removing them from their context, replicating them, building upon them, and altering them to create something new. When I take away its context, I find within it a new being.”
The world is called Drab Future, and it’s characterized by “a scarcity of resources that’s driven man and machine to subsist by scrounging”.
He’s populating his world with resin ball-jointed dolls called Gynoids.
The Gynoid was the first part of this world I envisioned. Inspired by the opening sequences of ‘Hardware’ and ‘Battle angel’. I knew this would be the story of a salvaged fembot, found in the wasteland, and repaired. I knew she had to have a sense of beauty, of sex appeal, but not seem quite human.I looked all around at reference, at Japanese Ball-joint dolls, like super Dollfie and handmade ones, I looked to surrealist Hans Bellmer, to anime style and 80s horror, fashion and fetish. I even trolled through the forums of RealDoll owners, looking to the way they store and even fabricate their own versions.
Hmmm…after that one episode of My Strange Addiction with the goth guy, I don’t know if I’d be so quick to troll RealDoll owners myself. But props to Isdrab for his diligent research! Moving along…
Isdrab made three new figures in “various stages of weathering and character” for sale at The Have and Have Not Group Show curated by Lee Ballard at Varnish Fine Art in San Francisco. The exhibition, which also features work by Jon Wayshak, Robert Bowen, Morning Breath, Scott Cambell, Lucien Shapiro and Sam Keith, opens tonight, Saturday, April 7th with an artist reception from 5-8PM. The show runs through April 28th.
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Perfect for Easter!