@ObviousPlant ‘s ‘Museum of Toys’ opening 1 March in Los Angeles – the must-see museum for toy fans, collectors and humor lovers alike!
February 6, 2019

OBVIOUS PLANT presents OBVIOUS PLANT’S MUSEUM OF TOYS

   
Subversive Toy Maker and Famed Social Media Artist OBVIOUS PLANT Transforms His Online World of Toys into a Mind-Blowing Real-World Museum Experience


OPENING RECEPTION

March 1, 2019 | 7pm – 11pm


MUSEUM RUN

March 2 – 17, 2019 | 12pm – 9pm

TICKETS
$10
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4075536

OBVIOUS PLANT’S MUSEUM OF TOY’S @ START POP UP

2270 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

www.museumoftoys.org

February 4, 2019 | Los Angeles, CA – Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys is an interactive exhibition that transports visitors into the surreal, alternative history of toys, as told by Jeff Wysaski a.k.a. Obvious Plant. In this parallel universe, the toys we know and love have been recontextualized to create a dark, bizarre version of the past, where Hello Kitty Goes to Rehab, Casey: The Talking Tape Player delivers only bad news and Spiderman is, well, Covered in Spiders, Man!

For the past four years, Wysaski has been creating and ‘planting’ phony and satirical replicas of signs, toys and products in real-life retail spaces; leaving them to be discovered by the unsuspecting public. These guerilla installations are then shared with Obvious Plant’s 600,000 social media followers, under the moniker @obviousplant.

“As a comedian and artist, it’s important to know what the audience’s response is to something I’ve created,” Wysaski explains. “The intention of the initial piece is to bring a moment of unexpected joy to someone’s life and give them something out of the ordinary to share with their friends. But I don’t get to see that response. Social media allows me to share that humor with a larger audience and bring other people in on the joke. My main goal of any piece is always laughter. Social media allows me to “see” that laughter.”

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys is an ambitious extension of this process. By showcasing the reimagined toys in an accessible real-world environment, visitors are able to experience his offbeat humor first-hand. “Over the years, I’ve made hundreds of fake products and signs. It has long been a dream of mine to collect those items into a physical retail space that allows visitors to immerse themselves in my satirical world. My fans have also been asking for a way to see my work in person. A museum is a great way to accomplish that.”

On March 1-17, Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys will open its doors in the neighbourhood of West Adams, just south of Koreatown, with over 100 toys and games to view and interact with. Beyond the 100+ toys and games, there will be several experiential photo opportunities including a life-size action figure box where guests can step inside and become a toy themselves.

Another major attraction of the museum will be a wall of fake GameCube games designed by notable artists and web personalities such as: @teenagestepdad, @lord_birthday, @renaissance_man, @calkearns, @ermsy, @onegianthand, @dustinteractive, @bethdrawsthings, @toonholechris, @doodleforfood, @sean_speezy, @hannahhillam, @djinn_kazama, @tittybats, @fokawolf and more!

Special guest museum pieces will also be on display from @paperbackparadise, @baseballcardvandals, @everythingisterrible666, @dano_brown, and @joseph_harmon.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be a museum gift shop selling exclusive, limited-edition toys and apparel. The museum will also feature numerous special events, including artist Q&As and pop-up stores from other popular web personalities.

The confirmed pop-up guests days are:

Saturday, March 2

Poorly Drawn Lines Pop-up shop and exclusive toy release | 12-9pm

@poorlydrawnlines will be on-site releasing an exclusive toy in collaboration with Obvious Plant and selling Poorly Drawn Lines merchandise.

Sunday, March 3

Everything is Terrible Pop-up shop | 12-9pm

@everythingisterrible666 will be on-site selling their merchandise and taking donations of Jerry Maguire VHS tapes for their #jerrypyramid project.

Sunday, March 10

Oddly Weird Pop-up shop

@oddlyweirdshop will be on-site selling her kooky handmade merchandise in a one day pop-up.

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys is a must see for toy fans, collectors and humour lovers alike.

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys will be open daily from 12pm-9pm March 2-17, 2019, with an opening reception on March 1 from 7pm-11pm. Located at Start Pop Up, 2270 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 900061.

About Jeff Wysaski

With a social media following of over 600,000 people, Jeff Wysaski a.k.a. @obviousplant is one of the most shared and talked about bootleg toy artists in the world. His limited-run toys typically sell out within hours of release, fetching up to $600 per piece. A veteran of online comedy, Wysaski has consistently proven that his work stands out against the endless barrage of content that is uploaded to the Internet each day. Over the past 4 years, Obvious Plant has been routinely featured on the front page of Reddit, BuzzFeed, and countless other media and entertainment websites. Wysaski has been interviewed by The Washington Post, Fast Company and NPR’s All Things Considered. Prior to starting Obvious Plant, he ran pleated-jeans.com – a successful comedy website that garnered 6 million page views a month.

Instagram: @obviousplant

Twitter: @obviousplant_

Facebook: facebook.com/obviousplant

Tumblr: www.obviousplant.com

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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