ELVIS STUDIO
HELGE REUMANN + XAVIER ROBEL

TOY SCULPTURES

FEBRUARY 12 - MARCH 20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ELVIS STUDIO
(HELGE REUMANN + XAVIER ROBEL)

TOY SCULPTURES

February 12 - March 20, 2010


........Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition of Elvis Studio (Helge Reumann + Xavier Robel) from February 12 - March 20, 2010. The exhibition will feature hand painted wooden sculptures of toys by the enigmatic Swiss (Geneva) artists Helge Reumann and Xavier Robel, who have done collaborative work as Elvis Studio since 1996.

........The new series of Toy Sculptures by Elvis Studio explore boyish violence and the terrors of play. A nostalgic 1950's spaceman toy "Robot" is layered like a nesting doll- remove the iron shell to discover the vulnerable astronaut within- remove the astronaut's skin to see the trouble workings of his interior. The hand-made silkscreened box pictures the spaceman running in fear across a lunar wasteland.

........The bumper car amusement ride "Wetzel" is surrounded by thuggish spectators, and recalls the unsavory fun of the carnival. A toy sawmill becomes a scene of martyrdom for helpless trees, the dying logs sporting halos. An innocent toy bus is neatly sliced down the center, to open and reveal all the passenger's guts. Each precisely crafted piece dissects the dark realms of the childish imagination. The "Brutallo Toy Series" repackages cheap plastic toys to highlight their dark lessons about adult life. "The Elvis Studio vision is deliberately juvenile in a good way. In its cheerfully dark humor it expresses feelings shared by people of all ages that the world might be teetering on the brink of total chaos .1"

........Also included in the exhibition will be large drawings executed individually by Xavier Robel for the monolithic comics anthology Kramer's Ergot 7.

........Helge Reumann (b.1966) and Xavier Robel (b.1971) have been important contributors to underground comics, graphic design, zines and art anthologies for over a decade. Individually and collectively as Elvis Studio, they have been contributors to the covers of Strapazine, Blab, Kramer's Ergot, and Drozophile among many others. Helge Reumann's work was included in an exhibition at the Swiss Institute in New York, and Reumann's toys and sculpture by Xavier Robel were exhibited by Elvis Studio at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris in 2007.

........The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00-5:30 PM. For additional information, please contact Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338.

!. Ken Johnson, NY Times, Nov.23, 2007

 

"Camions," 2008
Wood, paint, mixed media with silkscreened cardboard box
c.3 1/2" x 11 1/4" x 2": unfolded 3 1/2" x 19 1/2" x 2"

"Camions," 2008, detail
Wood, paint, mixed media with silkscreened cardboard box
c.3 1/2" x 11 1/4" x 2": unfolded 3 1/2" x 19 1/2" x 2"

 

"Robot ," 2008
Wood, paint, mixed media with silkscreened cardboard box
c. 14" x 6" x 4 1/2"

"Robot ," 2008
Wood, paint, mixed media with silkscreened cardboard box
c. 14" x 6" x 4 1/2"

"Robot ," 2008, open view
Wood, paint, mixed media with silkscreened cardboard box
c. 14" x 6" x 4 1/2"

"Robot ," 2008, open view
Wood, paint, mixed media with silkscreened cardboard box
c. 14" x 6" x 4 1/2"

 


"Berg vs. Wald Matchboxes," 2008
Gouache on matchboxes
13 1/4" x 10 1/4"

 

"Sawmill ," 2008
Wood, paint, mixed media with silkscreened cardboard box
c. 26 1/2" x 10" x 8 1/2"

"Sawmill ," 2008, open view
Wood, paint, mixed media with silkscreened cardboard box
c. 26 1/2" x 10" x 8 1/2"

 

"Submarine," 2008
Wood, paint, mixed media with silkscreened cardboard box
c. 7 1/2" x 13 1/2" x 2 3/4"

"Submarine," 2008, open view
Wood, paint, mixed media with silkscreened cardboard box
c. 7 1/2" x 13 1/2" x 2 3/4"

 

"Elvis Brutallo Toy Series- Deluxe Home" 2002
Plastic toy, cardboard, transfer
12" x 8" each

 

"Wetzel," 2008
Wood, paint, mixed media with silkscreened cardboard box
c. 6 3/4" x 9 1/4" x 9 1/4"

"Wetzel," 2008, front
Wood, paint, mixed media with silkscreened cardboard box
c. 6 3/4" x 9 1/4" x 9 1/4"

"Wetzel," 2008, back
Wood, paint, mixed media with silkscreened cardboard box
c. 6 3/4" x 9 1/4" x 9 1/4"

 

"Plane," 2008
Wood, paint, mixed media with silkscreened cardboard box
c. 23" x 10" x 13"

 

Untitled (Diptych 1), 2007
Ink on paper
40" x 20"

Untitled (Diptych 2), 2007
Ink on paper
40" x 20"

 


“Elvis Road,” 2001
Graphite on paper
11 3/4” x 354”
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"Record Collection," front view, 2001
Gouache on wood
12" x 12"


"Record Collection," back view, 2001
Gouache on wood
12" x 12"

 

"Record Collection," front view, 2001
Gouache on wood
12" x 12"

 

Untitled, 2006
Ink on paper
9 1/2" x 7 1/4"

 

"Elvis Brutallo Toy" 2002
Plastic toy, cardboard, transfer
Ed. of 2
12" x 8"

"Elvis Brutallo Toy" 2002
Plastic toy, cardboard, transfer
Ed. of 2
12" x 8"


Press:
THE NEW YORK SUN 2007
  THE NEW YORK TIMES
   
Previous Exhibition:
OCTOBER 18 - DECEMBER 1, 2007
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