You might recall our discussing the work of artist Jason Freeny (see here), his pop art creations elevating favorite childhood characters into playfully twisted sculptures. While he’s best known for taking toys and imbuing them with inner anatomy that’s revealed through quarter cut dissections, his oeuvre includes lots of other imaginative concepts… Like the below pictured fetal sculpture of a Lego minifigure, which is titled Brick Baby (2016).
Jason Freeny - Brick Baby - Figure

A Brief History of Brick Baby

This brand new edition is modeled after one of Freeny’s older sculptures, the Lego Fetus (2012). Having debuted in 2013 as part of Choice Cuts: New Sculptural Works, a solo exhibition Freeny had at Los Angeles’ 101/EXHIBIT in March of that year, the Lego Fetus morphed the traditionally rigid Lego minifigure form into the relaxed pose of a baby within the womb.

As a lifelong Lego fan, this work immediately caught my attention. Here was an iconic toy that I grew up loving reimagined into an exhibition worthy sculpture. So when Freeny partnered with Mighty Jaxx to take that one-of-a-kind piece and issue a limited edition resin version, I knew I had to get one.

My Impressions of Brick Baby

Every bit as elegantly rendered as the original, Brick Baby is limited to only 200 pieces worldwide, but it actually made its debut at this year’s New York Comic Con. Available at the convention from the Tenacious Toys booth, this is one of only 20 pieces made for that initial offering.

Packaged in a beautiful, minimally designed massive box that reflects the immediately recognizable Lego head, simple eye dots on the yellow skin tone, this piece is a truly impeccable polystone sculpture. I mention that it’s made from polystone because that is noteworthy. Anyone can immediately feel its impressive heft, but the material — a mixture of polyurethane resin and powdered stone additives — is also extremely durable. And the longevity of the Brick Baby is obviously an aspect that was considered, as the head and arms are attached by magnets.
Not only did casting each of these parts separately result in cleaner surfaces on the sculpture and more precise paint application, but the fact that they avoided using glue to adhere them was definitely a smart one, especially since glue is known to degrade with age. And the conjoining tabs being odd shapes removed articulation from the equation, which makes the Brick Baby a true sculptural work of art.
The only aspect of this 11.5” tall piece that disappoints, honestly, is the umbilical cord. The piece itself is perfectly executed, with a beautiful fade of colors from one end to the other, but it is strictly held in place by gravity. On my copy, for instance, the connecting area is a bit loose. Not to the point that I’m worried it will fall out, but still… A minor imperfection in an otherwise impressively perfect piece.

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