Matt Campbell’s ‘Out of the Black’ at Gallery Hanahou

03.31.10 Marina Galperina

As we continue to consume compulsively and poison our environment (fuck you, imaginary grandkids!), artist Matt Campbell says “We know it’s bad but we can’t stop – because we love all the cool shiny new stuff we make.” So here’s the cool shiny stuff he made: manufactured, loved, trashed, then rescued and “entombed in a symbolic black rubber skin” (acrylic, really) – these cuddly little guilt trips cry out from a dead world with their button eyes. The New Zealender/ex-Japan-dweller/New Yorker’s solo exhibit at Gallery Hanahou opens tomorrow with tons of these cute, oily nightmares.

“Out of the Black,” Matt Campbell, Apr 1 – Apr 30, Gallery Hanahou, New York City