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Longoland, 'So Hush You Little Ones'

Between the 3rd - 25th of November 2010, RA has been overrun by the creeping crawling creatures of Longoland! This new body of work by NY-based artist joshua ben longo is a series of devilish little monster sculptures & illustrations "made to recreate that blinded excitement when you enter a toy store or the first time you go to the zoo”. With gnashing teeth but few other human features, these nubbly woolen animals hang from ropes in the front hut, sit squashed into wooden boxes in the corridor, and investigate the ground floor in guerilla groups of babies and mothers. These newest pieces embody a sense of ritual and unknown function, suggesting a social narrative & a mythology for the creatures which inhabit the space. joshua promises this show will take you “further down the Longoland monster hole!” BIO: Since graduating from NYC’s Pratt Institute in 2003 with a degree in industrial design, Joshua has been exhibiting & creating his elaborate exhibits, sculptures, furniture & illustration in reaction to the restrictive world of commercial design. Past exhibitions include the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, the society of contemporary craft in pittsburgh, and most recently in creteil, france for nouveax monstres (exit festival).  Longoland has been featured in such publications as Surface, Hi-fructose, and Flaunt and has received tv news coverage in the USA. Joshua currently works at Pratt Institute teaching 3-D design and as a product/graphic design consultant. alongside his art, Joshua writes music and looks forward to a long career in motivational speaking.

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