In the Magazine: The Sucklord

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Morgan Phillips and his alter ego, The Sucklord, have created a singular sweet spot between fine art and lowbrow. His tools are not traditional paintbrush on canvas but rather a reclaiming of the commercial toy industry, specifically targeting the ubiquitous packaged action figure. The Sucklord reigns supreme over a world that is at the same time fantastical and acutely transparent. Toiling over toxic resins, blister packs and poor working conditions, The Sucklord brings us the best of the worst in reimagined popular culture. 

Sucklord "Toy Lords of Chinatown"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 28, 2014
"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." - Sucklord on his 2011 Suckadelic retrospective gallery exhibition, “You’re An Asshole For Buying This.”

Pharrell Co-Curates "This is Not a Toy" @ the Design Exchange

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 12, 2014
This Is Not A Toy, curated by John Wee Tom and DX Associate Curator Sara Nickelson with special guest curator Pharrell Williams, is the world's first exhibition featuring a collection of contemporary sculptures, figurines and artworks created by artists including Takashi Murakami, KAWS, FriendsWithYou, Coarse, Huck Gee, and Frank Kozik...

"Mr. Dictator Head" and Other Sculptures by Stephen Ives

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The all-popular Mr. Potato Head gets a fantastic makeover with Melbourne-based artist Stephen Ives series of sculptures, "Mr. Dictator Head." The artist's other plastic toy figures are often humorous, sometimes disturbing (as re-assembled toys often are) and always imaginative and inspired.

Horfe x Case Studyo "Snake/Gun" Porcelain Sculpture

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 14, 2012
Using his creative talents toward new mediums, Horfe recently collaborated with Case Studyo to create a limited edition white porcelain sculpture, Snake/Gun. The Parisian artist created a snake/gun with hand painted black details, each packaged in customized hand painted wooden boxes. Limited to a mere nine, these will be gone quick.

Super7 x Krooked Skateboards x Mark Gonzales "The Priest" Figure Release Party

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Our friends at Super7 and Krooked, along with our very good family friend, the legendary Mark Gonzales, have all teamed up to turn Mark's iconic Priest figure into a limited edition, made in Japan vinyl figure. Coinciding with the figure's release, Super7 will be holding an opening party at their Haight Street in SF flagship this Friday, November 30.

Ron English + Chris Brown "Dum English" toy giveaway

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 14, 2012
Ron English and Chris Brown took the promotion of their DUM English collab to the right coast on Tuesday, June 12, greeting fans at NYC’s Toy Tokyo for the in-store launch and signing. In honor of Toy Tokyo’s celebration between the unity of art and music, we’re giving one lucky winner a DUM English toy signed by the artists.

Ron English x Chris Brown "Dum English" @ Toy Tokyo NYC

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 11, 2012
Toy Tokyo, invites you to attend a private signing session with Ron English and Chris Brown for the NYC launch of “Dum English” a limited edition toy collection produced by Garageworks Industries and Made by Monsters. Or as it is being called, “An artistic collaboration between Chris Brown and Ron English where parodic post modernism inspires an entire culture.”

Parra x Kidrobot "Pierced" Vinyl sculpture

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 22, 2012
“As he pierces her with brutal force” is no understatement with Dutch artist Parra’s depiction of a harsh necking in his first collaboration with pop art brand Kidrobot. The 10-inch vinyl sculpture is a dramatization of eroticism and dominance, with beaked creatures pecking away at each other in a menagerie gloss and matte. The forceful embrace is an ode to romance novel covers that even Fabio might be turned on by depending on what angle he views it from.

Recap: My Little Pony @ Toy Art Gallery, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 18, 2012
Toy Art Gallery’s “MY LITTLE PONY Project 2012” exhibition opened May 5 to a gigantic crowd that lined up around an LA city block. Twenty-five artists uniquely created their own painted My Little Pony 18-inch vinyl figures, which are available for sale through next Saturday, May 26, 2012. Ten percent of the sales from the MY LITTLE PONY artworks is donated to Give Kids the World.
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