There’s been a run on the fanciful and haunting artworks of British artist Mister Finch, with figurines on his Etsy site recently selling out. But lovers of his dark yet playful aesthetic needn’t fear, you can still get your fix at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea where Finch is making his New York City debut.
Fifty of Finch’s creepy animal and plant sculptures are on display now through July 31 at 515 West 26th Street in an exhibition dubbed Mister Finch’s Handmade Museum, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Finch is known for using materials like “discarded wire, steel, and wood, vintage tablecloths, antique silverware and rescued cottons” to sew together lifelike sculptures of things like dead birds, enormous pink spiders, and mice curled in the fetal position. Though the work has an uncanny, lifelike quality (and yet is still clearly fake), there is something pleasing and whimsical about the fairytale pieces. To put it in Finch’s words, “I want to inject a bit of old-fashioned magic back into the world.” A worthy goal indeed, and one that makes this show well worth a visit.