Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chicago's Soft Sculpture Artists

So I was poking around on Twitter to see if anyone was talking about cool stuff, and I came across something called Faux Taxidermy Plush by Lana "Plushinator" Crooks.

I have to say that I hated it at first, but when I started looking into this artist, I not only liked it more and more, but I discovered an extremely interesting art movement called "soft sculptures."

Now, I'm not art-savvy enough to even begin to explain what constitutes a soft sculpture rather than a toy or stuffed animal (Original Cabbage Patch dolls are considered to be soft sculptures), but there's an art gallery in Bucktown that you can visit to decide for yourself! OhNo!Doom is a Chicago artist collective that Ms. Crooks happens to be a member of. (I swear, not a stalker. Just following the Internet train.) The gallery features a wide array of genres, including soft sculptures. OhNo!Doom hosts regular events, including their recent one-year anniversary party.