And now a message from Italian pop surrealist sculptor and philosopher GABRIELS:
Let it be clear: these are not sculptures, but toys and more precisely prototypes of Toys for Melancholics. They aspire to the industrial production on a large scale and to the indefinite propagation, in proportion to the planetary diffusion of the anguishastic-desperative Weltanschauung and of the consequent – very legitimate, although not absolutely incontrovertible – propensity to suicideness. In this sense, our Toys for Melancholics scrupulously respect all the standards of global melancholy quality in a petrified primeval landscape, addressing courageously to a public of adults, kiddies and lithopaedia.
The polished hand-crafted bronze sculptures Toys for Melancholics have glass eyes and tiny intricate organs. A full spectrum of the artist’s work will be on display in LA at Toy Art Gallery through April 30th. The show opens tonight, May 6th, at 7PM with Paolo Gabrielli in attendance. I’d like to check these out in person. I haven’t heard much discussion about these figures in the toy scene. Let me know what you think.