Rob Burden’s Toy Box series was recently shown at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.
Burden’s statement on the series:
I remember these figures as being magnificent. They represented power, beauty, good and evil, and they captured every aspect of my imagination. As a young adult, these toys are wonderfully nostalgic, but they’re no longer amazing to me. The ineffability of what can turn a cheap yet coveted piece of plastic into an almost talismanic object was the original inspiration for this work. I am also motivated by the amorphous line that is drawn between imagination and reality, childhood wonder and adult practicality. Though sheltered and naive, there was a freedom in my childhood. It was free from the politics of race and religion. It was free from the burdens of history. It was free from rhetoric and paranoia, shame and regret, cynicism and despair. There is nothing profound about commenting on the minor tragedy of losing one’s innocence, or the struggle to maintain one’s idealism. I just want to renew my faded sense of awe.
Check out the link above for the rest of the pieces featured in the showing, and for even more beautiful works inspired by such vintage greats as Masters of the Universe, Marvel Comics, Disney, and more, click over to robertburden.net.