Pic of the Day: Misfit Toys

The stuffed animals in artist Matt Campbell’s upcoming show at Gallery Hanahou all come entombed in a black rubber skin. It almost looks like they’ve been abandoned, and then dipped in molten lava as punishment. We’ll let him explain why: “This work embodies the state of mankind today and our imprint on the planet. We take natural resources and create garbage and pollution. We invade the habitats of other life forms and take them over and drive them out. We know it’s bad but we can’t stop — because we love all the cool shiny new stuff we make. We love technology — we love tuna and we just want to keep eating it.”

More sad toys after the jump.


Blackened Mouse
Wall sculpture – 30 x 40 cm
Acrylic fiber and paint – magnetically mounted on lacquered wood


Blackened Dog
Table sculpture – 30cm high on 30 cm circular base
Cotton and paint – magnetically mounted on lacquered wood


Blackened Bunny
Wall sculpture – 30 x 40 cm
Cotton and paint – magnetically mounted on lacquered wood


Black Teddy Ewok
Wall sculpture – 30 x 40 cm
Acrylic fiber and paint – magnetically mounted on lacquered wood