Tomopop About Town: The Decadence of Decay at Rivet Gallery


Last night at Rivet Gallery marked the opening of their new show, The Decadence of Decay.  They likely could not have picked two better artists whose works seem to embody the theme so effortlessly and fully: Britain's Cris Rose and Ohio native Amanda L. Spayd. Though both work in different mediums — Cris in resin and vinyl and Amanda more so in the plush realm — both had some incredibly detailed work on display that made my trip down to Rivet totally worth it.

Hit the jump for a short breakdown of the show and a few of the best pieces!

For the most part, Cris' pieces were variations on pieces we'd seen from him before, but done in one-off variants. For example, above you see the Rummage and Rumble resin robots we highlighted yesterday, except this Rummage robot had found a little toy train. Many of Cris' hallmarks, from the moss flocking to the painted-on rust spots, appear in each of his new pieces, and up close, they look just as great.

Two of the Rummage robots had found smaller robots that are, as you can tell, customized Qees. I love how Cris has incorporated small elements like the bolts for eyes and even the little bits of metallic paneling you can see on the front of the Qee. And I still swear that moss flocking looks so real ...

Two families of Observation Drones were in attendance, as were two pairs of his newest custom pieces, the Clear Vision Mk. 1 (on the upper right) and Mk. 2 custom Munnys. The details on these were simply impeccable, and it was nice to get to see the Mk. 1 up close. At least now I'll know what to expect when mine arrives because I picked one up not so long ago!

The last of Cris' Copper Snow Jackalope drones was at the show as well, along with a new piece called Dawn that was the real eyecatcher. And no, that's not because it was bright yellow.

It'd be easy to miss that shot since most people were just looking at the front, but again, the little details Cris has added to give it that living, weathered feeling are just remarkable and awe-inspiring. 

But before we forget, Cris wasn't the only one showing off work last night. Amanda L. Spayd's handcrafted plushes were also there, straddling the line between a bit scary and totally cute with their big eyes and misaligned teeth. I also got the chance to meet her, and she is not only incredibly nice, but fun to talk with as well!

These plushes don't have a name for their style, and Amanda did that purposely. The reason makes sense: she didn't want to have to worry about them falling into a certain style and have the public expect the same thing each time. It kind of lets each plush stand on its own, which they all do very well. 

That being said, it's so hard to pick a favorite, but Movie Night was my favorite piece of hers. Something just seems so cute and serene about the little plush critter sitting there, a drink next to it, looking like it's ready to watch some scary flick at the drive-in. And the mask-like face ...

...Tell me that doesn't blow you away, folks. If I remember right, they're simply made of clay that's painted and glazed to give it that mask-like quality, with the eyes being made of glass. The actual plushes are stuffed with hardwood sawdust and made of distressed fabric that's supposed to look worn and faded. After all, the show's theme is about how beautiful decay can be, and Amanda's works certainly belong in such a discussion!

Check out the gallery for even more great pics from The Decadence of Decay. And if you'd like to go, the show runs through the end of March at Rivet (1200 N. High St., Columbus, OH). You can also pick up one of the new Andrew Bell O-No Sushi exclusives while you're there, too!

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