I bought my first piece by Scott Wilkowski in 2012, immediately recognizing his artistry as something special. That initial work I purchased was an Infected Labbit (2011), which consists of a transparent resin version of Frank Kozik‘s modern Labbit (2003) form encasing Wilkowski’s sculpted skeletal system of one. Conceptually brilliant, it’s easy to know that if you like a designer toy form then it’s a no-brainer that you’d enjoy a specially made version that gives insight into its fictional inner biology. But, on a deeper level, this is self-referential pop art; designer toys that are proclaiming the art toy movement itself to be a cultural phenomenon, not needing to seek anything outside themselves for inspiration.

My Thoughts on Infected Bazaar

Following his The Uncanny Valley (2014) and Spectre of Atma (2015) showcases, Infected Bazaar is Wilkowski’s third major exhibition at the Clutter Gallery. Instead of showing the diversity of works he’s “infected”, this outing focuses almost entirely on his Infected Dunny (2015) rendition of the popular Kidrobot form. In fact, aside from a couple of new Infected Misfortune Cat (2012) color combinations, every piece in the show was either a 3″ or 5″ Infected Dunny.

While the two sizes do use different inner sculpts, the larger one having a heart element akin the Infected Target (see review here), the repetition of form did cause one to focus more on the color choices rather than on the skeletal elements. From two-toned, marbled parts to smooth color fades, Infected Bazaar really seems to shine in these instances.

Images from Infected Bazaar

Having had its opening reception on Saturday, January 14th from 6-9pm, the works in this exhibition will remain on display until February 3rd, 2017 at the gallery’s physical location (163 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508).

View the gallery’s dedicated page for the exhibition

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