SUCKADELIC Art Gallery Show in New York, NY

SUCKADELIC Art Gallery Show in New York, NY

The SUCKADELIC Art Toy Universe

Opening Party: January 11, 2011, 6pm
Closing Party: January 23, 2011, 3pm

OPEN EVERYDAY 11pm-6pm
521 W 23RD ST, NEW YORK, NY 10011

The Boo-Hooray Gallery reluctantly announces the first SUCKADELIC retrospective gallery exhibition. Intentionally confusing, misleading, disappointing and really funny, the limited edition parodies of action figures reverberate with a vicious wit and are oddly eyeball-pleasing in the manner of all kinds of toothsome 20th/21st century collage and montage art.

The toys and their aggressively situationist piss-take packaging comment on pop culture commodification and the consumer habits of compulsively shopping kidults: The very process that made KAWS, Takashi Murakami, and Michael Lau art-stars on the Art Basel Miami/Armory Show/Venice Biennale tip.

One of the most respected despised and influential figures in the art toy movement for the past decade, the SUCKLORD has been producing handmade bootleg action figures in very limited runs, each selling out immediately. As the plot thickens, the work of the SUCKLORD is widely collected in fine art circles, and has been auctioned at Christie’s, Freeman’s and Phillips.

This exhibition marks the first time the entire SUCKADELIC catalogue will be exhibited in one place. For the duration of the exhibit, a SUCKADELIC SUCK-SHOPPE pop-up store will be open. Original artwork, sculptures, silk- screens and paintings will also be for sale.

The work presented in this exhibit is a documentation of my struggle to reach the top of a sinister pyramid scheme; A culture-jacking enterprise where ruthless-yet-compelling super-criminals compete for the imaginations of fickle consumers and a relentless media machine.

– Excerpt from the SUCKLORD’s artist statement

The 100 page exhibition catalogue will be available as a limited edition of 500 numbered copies. A deluxe signed limited edition catalogue of 50 copies with an exclusively created SUCKADELIC figure will also be available.

If you show up on opening night, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the characters from the SUCKADELIC Universe. We can not guarantee a pleasant experience: the SUCKLORD, his nemesis Vectar the Intolerable and their cast of super-villains don’t really get along and have been prone to serious falling-outs, resulting in laser gun- battles and sulking.

The exhibition is curated by Johan Kugelberg and Simeon Lipman.

Boo-Hooray is the pop-up/parasite gallery curated by (mostly) Johan Kugelberg that once in a while shows up in New York or Tokyo or London or Paris or Stockholm or hey maybe your hometown?

SUCKADELIC Website: www.suckadelic.com

TOY LORDS Of CHINATOWN: Episode 1

A new series from SUCKADELIC depicting the Supervillain bootleg wars below Canal Street. This multi-part epic begins to explain the back story of the mysterious SUPER SUCKORD and his enemies as he tries to hold his position of Action Figure King on the mean streets of New York City’s Chinatown. Look out for sneak peaks of new SUCKADELIC products placed throughout the episode as well as cameos by old classics…

Markalan - Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Markalan moved to Pacific Beach in 1994. During his first four years in San Diego, he worked as a photographer for the United States Navy. Over the past decade, he's been behind the bar or turntables in many of San Diego's nightclubs, and venues. He's shared his musical selections with Southern & Baja California, and the Mayan Riviera. During these years, he could be found exchanging his time for vinyl at Groove Records and Siesta Records. 

He often worked for trade, to support his vinyl addiction. He currently owns over 8,000 records. "Listening to my father's albums is when it all began. Flipping through the stacks, cleaning off the LP, placing the needle on the record, reading the lyrics, studying the artwork, and enjoying the rich analog sound. Sure, there are occasional pops & you might have to clean the record. You actually have to flip the record at the end of the side. It's not a play list or program on shuffle. You are present, involved, and engaged in the listening process. 
Please Keep Vinyl Alive & Support Local Artists!" 
Markalan

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