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this is something i never thought i’d ever see: a trevor brown figure!
there’s been a long history of proposals and such but nothing ever happening – a guy met at the mark ryden tokyo exhibition (in 2009) wanted to make one and i designed the “fix-me-doll” for him (above painting) – but took it out of his hands after several months of no progress and gave it to another acquaintance in america who was keen to do it – the figure sculpted and packaging art completed but it’s remained on-the-shelf ever since (over three years now?!) – whenever i ask about it i’m reassured the project isn’t cancelled…
meanwhile a japanese figure sculptor, yuuki ishiyama, had seen the original painting at bunkamura gallery and apparently expressed an interest in modeling it – i met him at my “toy box” exhibition last year, told the above story, but couldn’t dissuade him with alternative choices for a figure as the american “fix-me-doll” still ongoing (supposedly) – so i officially gave the go-ahead – my expectations still low on it actually happening however – especially as he’s a popular “top” sculptor inundated with work (for the like of “one piece”) – and then a month or so before my “girls war” exhibition, in which the figure was planned to be unveiled, i was told he was too busy – so of course i think “yeah whatever” and immediately forget about it again – but, surprise surprise, happy christmas, she was actually completed in time!!
the figure is an edition of ten – made to order (allow six months) – a ¥189,000 price tag at the gallery (she ain’t cheap!) – this prototype still to be amended slightly (and maybe the price too?)
i have no decent photos of the finished american “sculp” – an embargo was actually placed on me revealing it or talking about it – the sculptress has a cartoonish style, fine in itself but i have to say the figure hugely inferior to this japanese model – so maybe it’s for the best that it was never (and will never be) made?! – for me at least (“good things come to those who wait”)
below: two previous figures based on artworks by the very talented (and very modest) yuuki ishiyama
just for the hell of it – i don’t often succumb to this trendy tumblr reblogging type thing – but minori here attracted my interest – and perhaps is of baby art blog interest – yeah i know it’s very chocolate box and the sorta style my mum (aged 70 or so) would probably like – but, hey, i was always quite a big kana fan – (and not much of a fan of the guruloli trend) – pix swiped from here – minori’s own web site here – and youtube clip here
another, the novel, the manga, the tv anime, the movie… and now the doll/art exhibition – which includes two trevor brown paintings – in fact i was misleadingly told the theme was “eyepatch girl” – so neither of my girls have anything whatsoever to do with the story, tho fortunately both have the correct left eye patched at least – the nurse painting was actually originally produced for the never produced trevor brown “fix-me-doll” vinyl figure packaging (ditto this painting) – anyway, exhibition is at bunkamura gallery in shibuya, august 15 to 29
catalogue for an exhibition in berlin currently
When Morton Bartlett died at the age of eighty-three his relatives found fifteen wooden boxes containing half size dolls and accessories: twelve girls and three boys, self-sewn clothes, black and white photographs of the dolls as well as countless studies and archive material.
[...] All of this work was created for purely private purposes and was never shown during his lifetime.
miracle by mari shimizu and melting by makiko sugawa – link