Mischa Good and Carmen Gomez have been making toys for adults out of all sorts of materials for over ten years now.
Normally the word “toy” would be related to a children’s world. Toys serve as entertainment in the kid’s room; they can
lead one into a dreamland, they can also teach us, they stimulate one’s imagination or can even encourage a child to deal.
The impossible becomes possible when playing, reality makes way for fantasy – the thoughts in your head are more impor-
tant than the real world around you. Just like an adult doesn’t loose his or her desire to play, with time it becomes more
difficult to give in to a game and to forget reality.
That’s exactly the point on which Mischa Good and Carmen Gomez have concentrated and played with in a layered, cryptic
way, toying with these thoughts and the possibilities at hand involving adults and games, confirming certain expectati-
ons and avoiding others. The expectation for example that something labelled “Adult Toy” has something to do with sex
is true. The PVC-toys from Dr. Med. FMH f. Chir. Good’s (alias Mischa Good) clinic are clearly of pornographic nature, and
mould classic children’s toys into sexual devices for adults.
That’s provocative, and of course the question is asked often enough, just if these toys are art or pornography. On the
other hand Good and Gomez’ work is beautifully bright, meticulously handmade, funny, surprising and sort of naïve, al-
most innocent – in other words disregarding the question above. Because the toys are somewhere between art and por-
nography (and kid’s joy), that’s the reason their so valuable. Most kids wouldn’t have a problem with this stuff at all. The
In an epoch in which sex has become a billion-dollar business and internet (luckily) continues to boom, toys like the Bad-
boystoys and a shop like the Superstore are a welcome, pleasantly subversive alternative. Of course Good and Gomez’ Bar-
bies don’t look like those from Mattel, and you just won’t find their dildos in your local porn-catalogue. Their toys satisfy
the individual, anarchic fantasies and at the same time undermine the sex-industry, which attempts to lead our imaginati-
on and to exploit us.
The concept behind “Badboystoys the Superstore” is rather complex and plays provocatively with aspects like sex, porno-
graphy, commerce, imagination, a lack of fantasy, taboos and tolerance levels. The Good and Gomez Superstore is mainly a
pleasure for the eyes and many other senses though.
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