Toys Redux – On Play and Critique

 

Cory Arcangel – Alex Bag & Patterson Beckwith – Judith Bernstein – Vittorio Brodmann – Marvin Gaye Chetwynd – Simon Denny – Harun Farocki – Jan Peter Hammer – Nic Hess – Danny McDonald – Dawn Mellor – Claus Richter – Tabor Robak – Timur Si-Qin –Michael Smith – Lily van der Stokker – Julia Wachtel – Hannah Weinberger

The group exhibition brings together artists who make creative use of formats and imagery from popular culture usually addressed to children or teenagers. Such adoptions and manipulations of motifs from video games, television shows, movies, and cartoons should not be seen as mere pop-cultural quotations: they simultaneously comment on the capitalist production of these consumer worlds. Their pop aesthetic and the promise of an "innocent" and playful universe of childlike fantasy contrast with the underlying reality of neoliberal advertising and marketing strategies. The thematic exhibition unfolds a dialogue between works by artists from several generations, including selected pieces from the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst's own collections, and expands on one of the museum's ongoing central themes previously explored in shows by Cory Arcangel (2005), Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (2007), and Alex Bag (2011) as well as Deterioration, They Said (2009).

Exhibition view, «Toys Redux – On Play and Critique», photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

List of works

Cory Arcangel: Super Landscape 1

Cory Arcangel

Super Landscape 1
2005
4 projections on walls, 3 monitors, (reprogrammed Nintendo Famicom cassettes (Super Mario, Bros., F1 Race), Nintendo Entertainment System und Hyperkin RetroN)
Dimensions variable

Alex Bag: Cash from Chaos / Unicorns & Rainbows

Alex Bag In cooperation with Patterson Beckwith

Cash from Chaos / Unicorns & Rainbows
1994-1997
11-channel video projection on 11 monitors (color, sound)
each 30 min.

Judith Bernstein: Cockman #1

Judith Bernstein

Cockman #1
1966
Acrylic on canvas
168 x 161 cm

Judith Bernstein: Cockman #2

Judith Bernstein

Cockman #2
1966
Acrylic on canvas

Judith Bernstein: Fucked by Number

Judith Bernstein

Fucked by Number
2013
Various materials on paper
427 x 975 cm

Vittorio Brodmann: Envision Glam

Vittorio Brodmann

Envision Glam
2014
Oil on canvas
25 x 35 cm

Vittorio Brodmann: Frog

Vittorio Brodmann

Frog
2015
Wood, metal, leather, brass, acrylic paint, paper
63 x 66 x 111 cm

Vittorio Brodmann: More About Leverage

Vittorio Brodmann

More About Leverage
2015
Oil on canvas
35 x 42 cm

Vittorio Brodmann: Ritual Assault

Vittorio Brodmann

Ritual Assault
2015
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 cm

Vittorio Brodmann: Speak and Moan

Vittorio Brodmann

Speak and Moan
2015
oil on canvas
36 x 40 cm

Vittorio Brodmann: The Tendency to See Problems as Jigsaw Puzzles

Vittorio Brodmann

The Tendency to See Problems as Jigsaw Puzzles
2015
Oil on canvas
45 x 35 cm

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd: Some Canterbury Tales

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Some Canterbury Tales
2010 - 2014
166 collages photocopied, wall paper photocopied
Dimensions variable

Harun Farocki: Parallele I-IV

Harun Farocki

Parallele I-IV
2012 - 2014
Video installation (2 two-channel video projections, 2 single channel video projections, color, sound)
Dimensions variable

Jan Peter Hammer: The Jungle Book

Jan Peter Hammer

The Jungle Book
2013
Single-channel video on monitor (HD, color, sound)
17:24 min.

Nic Hess: Mit Tiere

Nic Hess

Mit Tiere
1999
Dispersion, overhead projector, wood, cardboard, adhesive tape, charcoal, fluorescent paint, metall, paper, plastic bag, acrylic glass, adhesive foil
Dimensions variable

Danny McDonald: This is What Happened

Danny McDonald

This is What Happened
2015
Uncle Sam action figure, plastic leather vintage hair and doll beads
37 x 29 x 29 cm

Danny McDonald: Credit Card Offering 2 (Uncle Sam in a Hat with Vulture & Rat)

Danny McDonald

Credit Card Offering 2 (Uncle Sam in a Hat with Vulture & Rat)
2012
Plastic, wool, satin, nylon, plastic, printed card, glass, MDF
127 x 25 x 33 cm

Danny McDonald: Science Fiction vs Fantasy (Darth Vader & Harry Potter)

Danny McDonald

Science Fiction vs Fantasy (Darth Vader & Harry Potter)
2010
Darth Vader Mask by "Don Post Studios" 1977 (plastic), Darth Vader costume by "Rubies" 2005 (fabric), Darth Vader Force FX Lightsaber Collectible "Hasbro Signature Series" 2008 (plastic, metal, LED lighting), J.K. Rowling "Harry Potter" Complete Collectio
Grösse variabel

Danny McDonald: The Speculator

Danny McDonald

The Speculator
2015
Antique top hat, styrofoam skull, wrestler legs, glass monocle, chain, crystal, broken globe
73 x 40 x 30 cm

Danny McDonald: Untitled (Corn)

Danny McDonald

Untitled (Corn)
2012
Resin, modified plastic action figures, nylon, acrylic, polymer clay, syringe, LED lights, MDF, dildo, glass, plastic ring, on metal plate, on wooden pedestal
137 x 33 x 33 cm

Dawn Mellor: Pirate Dorothy

Dawn Mellor

Pirate Dorothy
2008
Oil on canvas
340 x 270 cm

Claus Richter: Very Large Self-Portrait with Train and Colored Lights

Claus Richter

Very Large Self-Portrait with Train and Colored Lights
2015
Wood, paper, carton, toy train, electric lights, Polyclay, fabric, ribbons
Grösse variabel

Tabor Robak: Analphabetic Aquarium

Tabor Robak

Analphabetic Aquarium
2014
4-channel HD video (custom software)
30 min.

Timur Si-Qin: Axe Effect

Timur Si-Qin

Axe Effect
2013
Axe bodywash, sword, tripod
ca. 163 x 110 x 110 cm

Timur Si-Qin: Axe Effect

Timur Si-Qin

Axe Effect
2013
Axe bodywash, sword, tripod
ca. 163 x 110 x 110 cm

Timur Si-Qin: Axe Effect

Timur Si-Qin

Axe Effect
2013
Axe bodywash, sword, tripod
ca. 163 x 110 x 110 cm

Timur Si-Qin: Axe Effect

Timur Si-Qin

Axe Effect
2013
Axe bodywash, sword, tripod
ca. 163 x 110 x 110 cm

Michael Smith: Mike Builds a Shelter

Michael Smith

Mike Builds a Shelter
1983 - 1985
Single-channel video on monitor (color, sound), animation on monitor (color), printed paper mounted on foam core, color lenticular photographs on paper, B/W photograph
2 parts, each: 21 x 28 cm

Julia Wachtel: Handmade

Julia Wachtel

Handmade
2011
Oil on linen
97 x 206 cm

Julia Wachtel: Local

Julia Wachtel

Local
2011
Oil on canvas
102 x 218 cm

Julia Wachtel: Brick by Brick

Julia Wachtel

Brick by Brick
2014
Oil on canvas
4 parts: 2 parts each 152 x 95.25; one part 152 x 122; one part 152 x 105.5

Hannah Weinberger: For Future Inspirations

Hannah Weinberger

For Future Inspirations
2015
MP3 file, 2-channel-sound-installaton
30 min.

Lily van der Stokker: Interesting Work

Lily van der Stokker

Interesting Work
2003/2015
Acrylic paint on wall
902 x 355 cm

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