Welcome to the click-out world of Michael Johansson. The work you see above is his dingy. It’s called Toys’R'Us and it’s a 1:1 scale model of a boat with all the necessities for staying afloat along with it. This sort of model should remind you of 1-piece click-out toys packaged with action figures such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Michael Johansson specializes in parodying this particular moment in toydom by creating life-sized models with that molded-plastic “break-apart and play” action specifically in mind.
Some other models made this year are Some Assembly Required – Bed Frame Included, and Foldable Hand Truck Assembly, which are both also appearing below in the gallery. Think about how silly this is! It’s just taking the piss out of real toys in the world, things we make for eachother to play with, things we make for eachother to spend time on.
Imagine such a simple comparison!
We live with these toys all day, every day.
TOYS’R'US – Dingy scale 1:1
Mixed Media: dinghy, boat equipment, welded metal frame, spraypaint
Dimensions: 2 x 2,6 m.
Installation view: Besökarna, Västra Hamnen, Malmö (S)
Some Assembly Required – Bed Frame Included, 2009
Folding bed, welded metal frame, spray paint.
Dimensions: 3.2 x 1.3 m
Installation view: Frameworks, Østfold Kunstnersenter, Fredrikstad (N)
Foldable Hand Truck Assembly, 2009
Hand truck, welded metal frame, spray paint.
Dimensions: 0.9 x 1.8 m
Exhibited at: Frameworks, Østfold Kunstnersenter, Fredrikstad (N) 2009
Michael Johansson’s just been in a show called Örebro Open Art, Örebro (S) 2009 – which is where the Toys’R'Us boat was exhibited, and he’s gonna have more soon. He’s primed to go big soon, biggie big. The gallery you see below contains the boat, the bed frame, and the truck and wheels amongst many others, all of the rest besides these ones marked 2009 being before 2009, none older than 2006 if I’m not mistaken!
This post is part of the World Famous Design Junkies toys category.