Hyperstoic Returns (2016)

The annual Hyperstoic event returned this year with, appropriately enough, Hyperstoic Returns. Taking place in Toy Tokyo‘s lower display level, lovingly referred to as Basement 91, this eight-person exhibition drew a massive crowd eager to see the macabre offerings. And while my wife and I arrived nearly three hours before the doors opened, being within the coveted first 20 people allowed entry still eluded us.
Toy Tokyo's exterior on the day of Hyperstoic ReturnsAs the event’s 2pm opening time drew near, the sky darkened and a light rain descended… Appropriate atmosphere, to be sure, given the grim stylings of the artists displayed. From the fine line, black-and-white morbid machinations of Usugrow, Brandon Holt, and Lango to the colorful exhumations of the human condition that Rockin’ Jelly Bean, Wes Benscoter, Shane Pierce, and John Cebollero provided, the entire exhibition seemed united by the muted palate and skull-centric illustrations of Pushead.

Pushead’s Vinyl Sculptures for Hyperstoic Returns

Pushead’s primary contribution to Hyperstoic Returns was a vast array of vinyl sculptures, especially row after row of hand-poured and/or hand-painted Sour (The Scourge of SnotBlower) (2015) pieces. Adjoining these were exclusive editions of his skullHevi (2013), skullORM – ORMcaptain (2016), Siamese Pirate (2010), and Skullwing (2004) works, as well as a yellow version of Pushead’s collaboration with Usugrow, the Rebel Captain (2011). And while not quite belonging alongside these depictions of death and piracy, Pushead’s brand new Blue Water Bearbrick (2016) set, including a 400% and 100% version, was also present.

Wes Benscoter’s Resin Sculptures for Hyperstoic Returns

But Pushead’s contributions weren’t the full extent of those within the designer toy art movement. Artist Wes Benscoter debuted his Horns-Up Horror (2016) resin figures, imaginative interpretations of winged demons with their heads in their abdomens, a clawed hand throwing the sign of the horns atop their necks. Not only designed by Benscoter, these immaculate looking pieces were also sculpted and cast by him, with several of them being hand-painted as well. Needless to say, these works have me eager to see what designer toy sculptural works Benscoter will create next.

Artist Signing Table at Hyperstoic Returns

With all eight of the artists involved in Hyperstoic Returns being present, collectors were enthralled to not only meet them but have the opportunity to discuss their art, have them autograph pieces, and even take photographs.

Further images from Hyperstoic Returns

Hyperstoic Returns was a one-day only exhibition held on October 8th, 2016 at Basement 91’s physical location (91 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003).

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