“Cast in Plastic: Art from the Designer Toy Revolution"”

The DIY custom toy movement puts a more individualistic spin on playthings not really meant to be played with. In the exhibit “Cast in Plastic: Art from the Designer Toy Revolution,” more than 30 different artists — all working in vinyl figures — showcase their custom-painted creations. “Companies release unpainted versions of their toys, and anyone from kids to hobbyists to established artists can create a one-of-a-kind work,” says curator Marie Ung, adding that movement began in Tokyo and Hong Kong in the ’90s. “I wanted to bring the unbridled creativity of the scene to Houston.”

Among the artists participating in the show are Daniel Anguilu, Rocketboy and Babyvtec. Noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through June 23. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer. For information, call 713-523-3669 or visit www.domystore.com. Free.
Mondays-Sundays. Starts: May 14. Continues through June 23, 2011

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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