The first time I heard of The Sucklord was via now defunct reality TV show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. While he may not have won that season, The Sucklord certainly isn’t a name you forget anytime soon, and the New York-based artist has somehow wormed his way back into our consciousness with his first ever show in Singapore.
Held at Kult Gallery from 5th October to 10th November, Bootleg Toy Supervillain will see the arrival of The Sucklord’s army of bootleg toys take over the space, often crudely funny but ruthless in its commentary on the world around us. Featuring both brand new works and items from the vault, visitors can expect to see unwholesome parodies of contemporary subjects from meme culture to Lady Gaga through bootleg toys.
Having unabashedly self-christened himself as “one of America’s leading artists”, The Sucklord has grown to become one of the most respected, despised and influential figures in the art toy movement over the past decade, with each limited run of handmade bootleg action figures selling out immediately.
Besides crowd pleasers such as “Gay Empire” – a neon pink Stormtrooper affectionately known as the Homotrooper Bootleg, Kult will also be collaborating with Daniel Yu (SG), Kabuki Master (TH), Mojoko (SG) and Quiccs (PH), where each artist was given a bag of resin toy parts from The Sucklord’s studio in Chinatown, Manhattan, and created original packaging and action figures that will be for sale during the exhibition.
Besides a big launch party on 5th October, the next day will also see a medley of events take place as part of the show, where visitors can get cosy with the originator of the bootleg art toy movement himself in a dialogue session, while in the evening, The Sucklord will connect up-and-coming local toymakers for an intimate one-on-one cum mini masterclass with the artist. The Sucklord branded merchandise will also be available for sale during the exhibition, and a DIY mask station will be set up where visitors can customise and walk around the gallery in their new villain identity. An arcade machine loaded with bootleg games by new media artist Igor Hoogerwoord (NL), inspired by the way The Sucklord destroys originals and turns them into bootleg, will also be in the gallery for visitors to immerse themselves further into the experience.
With the rugged gallery space known for welcoming all things off colour and weird, Kult Gallery finds in Bootleg Toy Supervillain a natural complement, matching each other’s unapologetic, in-your face approach to social conversations. Come see for yourself the work that has gone from gross to sleazy yet meaningful art, some of which has made their way into auctions at Christie’s, Freeman’s and Philips. How you ask? Come see for yourself the extent of the outrage these toys will no doubt bring to life.
Bootleg Toy Supervillain runs from 5th October till 10th November 2018 at Kult Gallery, 11 Upper Wilkie Road. Admission is free. For more information, visit Kult Gallery here