Art: Pharrell Williams, This is Not a Toy

When one thinks of art, the first thing that typically comes to mind are the paintings and sculptures that we’ve inherently  become accustomed to throughout the years. The Mona Lisa, the Venus De Milo – as iconic as they are, don’t have the ‘fun appeal’ as some of the modern art that is being pushed mainstream in today’s artistic world.

Having taken some pretty intense art course over the past few years, I have grown to love and appreciate art from a different perspective. Art embodies much more than paintings and sculptures. Film, music, installations, and more now have become elements that the art communities thrive for. Traditional museums and institutions have been known to ignore these forms of contemporary art. I think this is a real shame because art is something that should not be as definitive as paint on a canvas or shit tonne of plaster on a stand.  This is why I love the Design Exchange (DX).

The Design Exchange located here in Toronto is a non-profit organization, challenged with bringing leading, avant-garde programming on minimal budgets. This means there is no government funding.  This February, they will launch a large-scale urban vinyl exhibition ft. designer toys. Conceived by the museum and guest curated by Pharrell Williams, This is Not a Toy showcases the urban vinyl phenomenon as contemporary art.

This is Not A Toy

This is Not A Toy

These designer toys usually go unseen due to being sold off to private collections for hundreds and thousands of dollars. This exhibit will give individuals a chance to come have ‘fun’ and see all amazing toys. Among the artists included are KAWS, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, FriendsWithYouHuck Gee, Coarse, Frank Kozik, Misaki Kawai, Doma, Bill McMullen and many others.

Damn. Why you gotta be so cool?

Damn. Why you gotta be so cool?

Based on the fact alone that sexy-as-hell Pharrell will be guest curating the exhibit, I will make sure that I’m there to see these amazing contemporary pieces. Please check out their Kickstarter program to bring the exhibit to Toronto.


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