“You should stop by or help promote it ” went the suggestive email message from the public relations person, who reached out to us to spread news of Septenary, the new group show at ohnodoom gallery (1800 N. Milwaukee). “They are seven of the most exciting sculptors in the character scene today using fabric, clay, silicon, wood and wire to bring monsters, creatures and fantastic beings to life,” she wrote.
Septenary features the works of Chris Ryniak, Amanda Louise Spayd and Lana Crooks– all currently 2012 Designer Toy Award nominees who participated in Imaginary Menagerie, the gallery’s sold out sculpture exhibit of 2011. They’re joined by Jake Waldron, Melissa Sue Stanley, J.Shea and Melita “Miss Monster” Curphy.
The red dots symbolizing “sold” attest to the fact that even at $700 per pop, some monsters are finding new homes, as are felted shacks like Melissa Sue Stanley’s Baba Yaga’s Chicken Shack, pictured.
As for this writer, she’s angry that trying to survive in “hyper local” journalism has made a monster out of her. A monster who doesn’t want to check her email or “promote” anymore. She knows when to stop and it looks like September 2012– if the monster can secure employment. Until then, here’s an orange monster that made us smile: “Valencia Nugglewort,” by Chis Ryniak. She’s one of a kind, and, like the other two in her company (“Juneau Nugglewort” and “Mangrove Nugglewort”), sold. But lookin’s free and you can do it through August 4th when Septenary closes.