Gina M. ambitious work Midway combines hand built ceramics, found objects, painting, and photography to create trompe l'oeil "fool-the-eye" sculptures of faded plush toys and vintage carnival games. Step right up and enter Midway, a dream-like carnival-themed merchandising landscape emphasizing the human connection between midway games of chance and the disposable plush victory prizes they offer. Passersby are drawn into the space by the large, blue-and-white lacey bearskin rug and a wall of plush toys in the background. A pedestal lifts a jack-in-the-box clown to eye level. A corduroy elephant slumps in the corner. Toddler-sized bears with bows hang from the walls and doors. A midway carnival game and a giraffe on skates complete the amusement atmosphere. Upon closer inspection, the toys are faded, worn, used and abused - eyes pleading, arms reaching out for comfort.
When: Opening Reception: Saturday, October 21, 2017. 6 - 9 pm (show runs through December 1).
Where: Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Admission: Free and open to the public.