You’ll never look at LEGOs the same again. Circus of Books WeHo East is currently featuring an art exhibit by Samuel Hatmaker, “The Bricks I’ve Played With,” at the Gallery @ Circus. The exhibit is too explicit to show here without a censor block, but worth a visit in person.
“In the digital age, ‘dick pics’ are ubiquitous,” said Hatmaker. “Men use hi-resolution close-ups of their genitals as greetings and profile photos, whether we like it or not. These exposures are today’s currency of (gay) male desire.”
“In this collection, I’m merging two realities: the pure play of my burgeoning sexuality and the crass close-ups meant to spark—and obscure—longing,” he added. “LEGO is the perfect bridge, reflecting both a simple toy’s call to imagination, and the pixelated form through which we detail the world online. From youth, to adulthood; from rarity, to saturation; from shame to pride; from analog to digital; from past, to present; from toy, to art… these pieces reflect a journey.”
Samuel Hatmaker grew up in rural Michigan. He spent two decades in New York City designing toys for DC, Disney, Hasbro, Marvel, Mattel, Nickelodeon, and other leading brands. Today he lives in Los Angeles with his plush pig prosciutto. He continues to create custom action figures, costumes, dolls, props, set pieces, and sculptures. He was a finalist on the first season of LEGO Masters, a reality show on Fox. His LEGO creations have been exhibited around the world, most recently at Art Basel in Miami.
Channel 1 Releasing (C1R) recently announced the opening of Circus of Books West at 8861 Santa Monica Blvd. The new 2nd location will adopt the LGBTQIA+ gallery theme of Circus of Books. Both stores will also take on more unique gift items from LGBTQIA+ artists and small business owners.
“The overwhelming response to the Gallery @ Circus at the original Circus of Books caused us to rethink our offerings. We were having so many artists wanting to exhibit, we had to turn many away. The venue allows for a more sexual art that most galleries shun.”
Samantha Madison, C1R Retail Manager
The new layout will allow more artists and feature smaller capsules, art objects and a large selection of coffee table books. Circus of Books will merge adult novelty with unique gift options from up and coming LGBTQIA+ artists.
“I really want the stores to be a place where you can find a one-of-a-kind gift mixed with a curated array of quality sex toys. Like a sexy museum shop,” said Circus of Books owner Rob Novinger.
There will be an opening party for Samuel’s exhibit on March 17th, 8PM at the Circus of Books East location, at 8230 Santa Monica Blvd.
To learn more, visit: http://circusofbooks.com.