The V&A Museum of Childhood in London has published a selection of WAR-TOYS work in conjunction with an exhibition opening on May 25th. Titled "War Games," the show examines the material culture of war reflected in toy artifacts from 1800 until today.
Brian will be giving a TEDx talk titled "War, Art Therapy, and Toys"on Thursday, August 23rd in Santa Monica.You can find more information and purchase tickets here.
Brian will be at the San Diego Comic Con for a couple signings this year:
Thursday, July 21st @1pm - Hi Fructose (booth #4939)
Brian will be giving away Hi Fructose View-Master reels from Vol. 3 of the magazine!
Thursday, July 21st @3pm - Baby Tattoo Books (booth #4712)
Friday, July 22nd @Noon - Vinyl Frontier / Toyqube (booth #4934)
A proof of concept trailer was released today, showing the results of Brian's initial journey to the Middle East to work on his WAR-TOYS project.
Brian is heading overseas to begin production on the WAR-TOYS project. As a results, his commercial studio will be closed from Feburary 14th until March 21st. We'll be checking voicemail and email during that time. To keep track of Brian's progress, check out his daily posts on the WAR-TOYS blog.
Brian announced a new, work-in-progress photo essay and documentary film titled WAR-TOYS. Using Brian’s unique toy photography and principles of play and art therapy, the project will explore firsthand accounts of war from the perspective of children living in its day-to-day reality. Working through local humanitarian organizations in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank, WAR-TOYS will focus on a generation of Israelis and Palestinians that has never known an existence without the constant threat of rocket attacks, air strikes, gunfire, explosions, and incursions.
For more information, please visit the WAR-TOYS website.
The iconic Los Angeles Lowbrow gallery La Luz de Jesus will play host to a book launch event and signing for Brian's new monograph Art-Toys on September 9th, 6-9pm. Since releasing at Comic Con, the book has been moving up and down Amazon's bestseller list. Copies of both the regular and nearly sold out special edition are still available in the store.
Brian is extremely honored to be included in the July issue of the highly respected UK magazine Bizarre. The three page feature includes a look at some new images and an early glimpse at his upcoming book.
In the April issue of FHM Germany is an article on Brian's work. Because his foreign language skills are a little lacking, Brian had to rely on the wonders of Babelfish to read the piece: “Forced Perspective says the specialist, if a producer or Photographer its spectators by one sent selected camera angle wrong relative importance before-tells lies. That new ones photographer Brian McCarty is a master in this discipline…” Brian isn't sure exactly what he's being called a master of, but it’s flattering all the same.
Brian was invited to contribute to Gallery 1988's exhibition Under the Influence: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, presented by Mattel. Opening January 8th, the show features unique reinterpretations of the iconic characters by 100 fellow artists. A sneak peek at Brian's piece can be found in the lastest ePostcard.
For those of you that aren't Hello Kitty® superfans, the title Three Apples refers the precise weight of the iconic character as listed in her bio. It's also the title of a current exhibition celebrating Hello Kitty's 35th Anniversary. Hosted by the massive, Harajuku-themed gallery and café Royal/T, Three Apples celebrates all things Hello Kitty through a retrospective and reinterpretation of the character by a variety of contemporary, cutting edge artists. Brian was flattered to receive an invitation to participate from curator Jamie Rivadeneira. A preview of his piece can be found in the most recent ePostcard.
The Telegraph UK published a gallery of Brian's work, featuring photographs from the last several years.
McCarty PhotoWorks is sponsoring a massive event and party in San Diego around Comic-Con. Kaiju Big Battel will be bringing live monster mayhem to Wonder Haus, site of the old Wonder Bread factory. Admission is FREE, but you must RSVP before the space is full.
Freshbumpprovides daily visual inspiration for industries including Advertising, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, and Photography. Brian is flattered to be featured as a 'Fresh Cut' for June 3rd.
A featured interview with Brian went online today at the graffiti-based website GuerillaOne.
Toys factor heavily in the work of brilliant pop surrealist painter Mark Ryden, yet Mark chose not to release any toys of his own until now. After a number of false starts dating as far back as 2005, YHWH is being brought into vinyl form by Long Gone John and his Necessaries Toy Foundation. I was flattered to be commission by John to shoot the character for its upcoming premiere.
YHWH is inspired by a god-like figure from Ryden's Bunnies and Bees series. When brainstorming the shot with Mark, it seemed a natural choice to play with elements from the original painting - similar location, girl, lighting, and basic composition. The result can be seen below:
Art plays a pivotal role in creating cultural momentum. The MANIFEST HOPE: DC Gallery celebrates that role and shines a spotlight on artists who use their voices to amplify and motivate the grassroots movement that carried President-Elect Barack Obama to victory.
MANIFEST HOPE: DC gathers together a diverse array of the nation’s most talented visual artists under one roof to mark this monumental achievement in our nation’s history and encourages artists and activists to maintain the momentum to bring about true change in the United States.
Brian is extremely honored to have his work included in the exhibition, and he will be on-hand for the closing gala on January 19th in Washington, DC.
Two of Brian's prints will be up for auction at Phillips de Pury in NYC on October 25th, 2008. Sympathy for the Record Industry and Hotel Room will be offered alongside an impressive variety of toy art and pop art pieces.
Baby Tattoo will be publishing a collection of Brian's work from the last five years, including some never before seen shots. Titled Art-Toys: Photographs by Brian McCarty, the book is scheduled to be on shelves by the middle of 2010.
Amy Sol, Anthony Ausgang, Attaboy, Brian McCarty, Boomer, Brian Viveros, Chris Peters, Christopher Ryniak, Christian van Minnen, Dan Quintana, Daniel Lim, Dan May, Dave Cooper, David Stoupakis, Erik Alos, Esao Andrews, Germs, Gris Grimly, Jeff Gillette, Jeff McMillan, Jeff Soto, Jim Woodring, Josh Keyes, Keith Weesner, KMNDZ, Kukula, Lola, Luke Chueh, Makiko Sugawa, Mark Covell, Martin Witfooth, Matt Dangler, Michael Page, Michelle Mia Araujo, Naoto Hattori, Nathan Spoor, Laurie Lipton, Noferin, Oksana Badrak, Ray Caesar, Shag, Scott Belcastro, Stella Im Hultberg, Tin, Travis Louie, Winston Smith, Xiaoqing Ding, Yoskay Yamamoto.
Opening reception is July 12th, 8-11:30p.
Brian just finished an amazing shoot of "Juke-Bot" from DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist's Hard Sell Tour. Brought to life by a dream-team of creative thinkers, the Juke-Bot is designed by internationally renowned street artist and longtime Shadow collaborator Paul Insect, based on conceptual art by Ben Stokes. Production and sculpting credits go to Klim Kozinevich and Scott Wetterschneider of Bigshot Toyworks.
The April 2008 issue of Shutterbug magzine has a very flattering review of the website and Brian's work. It includes blush-worthy quotes such as, "McCarty's flawless style and technique elevate these images from mere pictures of yard gnomes in incongruous settings á la Amelie to that of a pop art William Eggleston."
McCarty PhotoWorks is pleased to announce that the legendary sports and entertainment company Upper Deck is now a client of the studio. The latest ePostcard gives a sneak peek at a recent shoot of their All-Star Vinyl NFL line.
Brian is very honored to have been named a juror for the upcoming PLATFORM International Animation Festival. Look for him in attendance at the week long event in Portland, Oregon.
Brian is excited to have an article about him and his work included in the February 2007 issue of Uomo Vogue.
ABC World News features an interview with Brian today. You can hear some behind the scenes stories while checking out photos of: Grand Theft Auto® Kubricks, The Cubes®, Broken Heart Robot, Groob, Swear Bear, Biddies, Bunny Van, Master Shake, Melto-Fu, Antoinette, and the Monkey Assassin.
The renown pop-culture magazine XLR8R features an interview with Brian in their November "Vis-Ed" section. It comes with a bonus of an exclusive Grand Theft Auto: Vice City poster!
We just finished a very exciting shoot for Rockstar Games featuring Kubrick characters from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. A postcard with a sneak peek will be available at the San Diego Comic Con this weekend!! Sign up for our ePostcards to see more next month.
In case you missed it, you can see highlights here.
The inaugural issue of Hi Fructose magazine hits stands this week. Brian's work is featured on the cover, and an interview with him is inside.
Brian teamed up with Hi Fructose and Cartoon Network's [adult swim] for a Las Vegas roadtrip. Photos will appear in the next issue of the magazine as well as during "bumps" on-air starting Sunday June 12th.
Agata Nowicka interviewed Brian McCarty for the September issue of the amazingly cool Polish lifestyle magazine AKTIVIST EXKLUSIV.