Visual Arts

Toy Stories at Havu Gallery: Out of the sandbox and into the world

Face it, we never really get rid of our toys after we grow up. They morph and change shape a little bit, but they're still toys, though perhaps imbued with a different, more complex meaning. As kids, we play because it helps us learn to navigate the world. As adults, we play at playing -- play becomes a way to get away from it all. It's only natural for toys to show up in contemporary artwork, as well, and the weight they can give our artistic statements -- from the idea of toys as artifacts or objects of delight to a more sobering view of them as symbols of the lost paradise of childhood -- is pretty astute.
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