The term DAYP will be familiar to those fluent in Internet slang, those four little letters being an abbreviation for Do As You Please. And it’s no coincidence that Joohee “Stickymonger” Park selected this acronym for the title of the first exhibition she’s ever curated. Enlisting a diverse array of artists, Park seemingly has assembled a group who have all built their recognition and acclaim through non-traditional avenues, such as designer toys, comic books, zines, and animations. Displayed at New York City’s myplasticheart gallery, DAYP – Do As You Please is a memorable collection of paintings and sculptures, each exuding the unique voice of their various creators.

The DAYP – Do As You Please Exhibition Overview

Taezoo Park’s Digital Being pieces

Built from the detritus of broken and discarded technologies, Taezoo Park‘s Digital Being works imbue his constructed forms with what’s been referred to as a ghost in the machine. Elevating them from their practical purposes, Park’s creations take on lively and sometimes life-like aspects, revealing the soul that he conceivably believes was trapped inside all along. For his window display piece, which appears to be part of his TV Being series, it purportedly attempts to communicate with the viewer through its simple graphics display. With the lower six screens exhibiting the television test pattern, the topmost one frantically shifts through a series of colorful box designs, their animated nature implying that this one is different, this one is alive.
Furthering his technology-based sculptural series, Park collaborated with curator Stickymonger on a trio of TV Moong works, their animated feline faces creating the impression of robot pets. Constructed using cathode ray tube televisions, basic Raspberry Pi single-board computers, thin-film-transistor screens, and vintage Panasonic receiver housings, there’s something deeply nostalgic about this concept, the digital animal aspect evoking memories of the Tamagotchi craze from the late ’90s and early 2000s.

Quiccs’ TEQ63 Trilogy contribution

Filipino artist Quiccs provides three representations of TEQ63, the central character from his Bulletpunk visual narrative. Initially designed back in 2012, this figure is a merging of the artist’s passions for Japanese robot forms, hip-hop culture, and the graffiti aesthetic, embodied herein as the TEQ63 Trilogy in a Red Camo Stim Package. With these unique, hand-painted pieces each made to mimic the others in the set, this collection includes the artist’s massive MegaTEQ resin form, the medium-sized TEQ63 vinyl rendition as produced by Martian Toys, and the recent NanoTEQ soft vinyl version from Devil Toys.

Seulgie’s Pooltime Bunnies pieces

While a cursory glace may identify these as Peter Kato‘s Bedtime Bunnies forms, closer examination will uncover notable differences from the traditional. From subtle alterations, like the slightly changed ear shapes and wider faces, to more apparent ones, such as the sculpted hair tufts and cottonball tails, these are Seulgie‘s reinterpretation of her former teacher’s creation. Introduced late last year with these forms known as Baby Bedtime Bunnies, Seulgie has beautifully decorated four of these creations, transforming what was initially a onesie attire into a one-piece bathing suit. Titled Pooltime Bunnies, each decorated with immaculately rendered patterning, their oval eyes, chunky legs, and outstretched arms somehow make an already adorable creation into something even more memorably cute.

Fluffy House’s Strawberries Over the Rainbow contribution

Hong Kong-based studio Fluffy House displayed a hand-painted version of their newly issued Jumbo Rainbow & Chicky vinyl sculpture set, titled Strawberries Over the Rainbow in this singular rendition. With Miss Rainbow‘s name typically stemming from the coloration of the ribbon upon her cloud-shaped head, this aspect as well as her dungaree attire are adorned with a strawberry decoration reminiscent of curator Stickymonger’s signature patterning. And while this certainly implies a form of tribute, the fact that this piece is further embellished with some of Fluffy House’s frequently employed elements, like stars and clouds, it remains a work that feels wholly their own.

Eimi Takano’s Mushroom Cat piece

Early in 2014, Eimi Takano created the Memory Bear piece, depicting a teddy bear’s head affixed to a wall-mounted plaque. She has since revisited this concept frequently, including a creation titled Mushroom Bear, which was adorned with fungal growths on its forehead, eluding to it being a child’s plaything that had been lost deep in a forest. For DAYP – Do As You Please, Takano provides a similar concept titled Mushroom Cat, which employs a plush feline’s head as the base. Completely handmade by the artist, this work features oversized eyes that are specially made by her out of resin, star and flower forms trapped within as permanent remembrances of what it has seen.

Andrea Kang’s hand-painted contributions

Decorated with her minimal but impactful hand-painted details, artist Andrea Kang imparts her trademark aesthetic onto a pair of Peter Kato’s Bedtime Bunnies as well as DelitoysOuip form. Titled Ether, UFO, and Edin from left to right, these works convey a sense of sadness through their slanted eye positions and inverted V-mouth shapes while simultaneously expressing playfulness by the dots of color under their lips, implying that they are all sticking their tongues outward.

Peter Kato’s Painted Bunnies pieces

A more abstract decoration than Peter Kato typically applies to his Bedtime Bunnies forms, this trio of Painted Bunnies are hand-painted in swaths of colorful shapes and forms. While their intended meaning is open to interpretation, these pieces emit an impression of depicting the sky, specifically due to the black raindrop silhouettes and white cloud patterns. With sun-like yellow speckles interspersed throughout, the primary coloration is divided between an atmospheric blue and a hazy reddish-pink morning hue, these areas clashing against one another in a simultaneously harmonious and combative manner.

Nathan Jurevicius’ Night Peleda contribution

For the final sculptural work displayed in DAYP – Do As You Please, artist Nathan Jurevicius exhibits his recent Night Peleda creation, an abandoned early rendition of his design for the IKEA Art Event 2018 (learn more here). A remaining copy from his 30 piece self-released edition, this is a hollow, blown glass rendering that features a metallic glaze applied to the top portion of it, creating a wonderful decorative effect over the clear base. A deceptively simple looking piece, the complexity and perfect execution of elements like the eyes can truly haunt the open-minded viewer. And like all the pieces exhibited herein, Jurevicius’ creation wouldn’t exist if he followed traditional rules or listened to naysayers; it only became reality because he persisted with his own vision and did as he pleased.

The DAYP (Do As You Please) group exhibition at myplasticheart had its opening reception on Friday, April 27th from 7-10pm. All works in this exhibition will remain on display until May 25th, 2018 at the gallery’s physical location (210 Forsyth St., New York, NY 10002).

View the gallery’s dedicated page for the exhibition

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