With the recent passing of H. Maxwell Fisher–visionary toy shopkeeper and pioneer amateur space aeronaut–Jim Kempner Fine Art, in collaboration with Mr. Fisher’s
eldest son, H. Maxwell Fisher II, is pleased to announce the estate sale of the toy store’s entire remaining – and for that matter, what was indeed the store’s opening
day – stock. Also offered for sale is the senior Mr. Fisher’s personal hand-built spacecraft, the “Fisher FireFly”. The FireFly may be viewed at the location of both
the store, “H. Maxwell Fisher’s Underground Toy Emporium” and the ill-fated landing site of Mr. Fisher senior’s last flight, directly adjacent to Jim Kempner Fine
Art gallery in Chelsea, New York City. –Albert Goldbarth This is exactly the type of inner monologue running through the head of artist
Randy Regier as he scavenges dumps, secondhand stores, yard sales and other thrifty locations, looking for the perfect components for his newest invention. Jim
Kempner Fine Art is pleased to present, for his New York City debut, the work of Randy Regier in H. Maxwell Fisher’s Underground Toy Emporium and Spaceship
Artist Randy Regier has personally designed all the work currently on display at H. Maxwell Fisher’s Underground Toy Emporium. Regier handcrafts each toy often
using molds he pulls from existing toys to construct each creation. No premade toy parts are used to create these toys. The packaging for each toy has also been
handmade and the concepts behind manufacturing companies and product description are invented entirely by Regier. Firefly, the 2000 LB 12’ x 6’ x 6’ rocket
ship in Jim Kempner Fine Art’s front courtyard, is reminiscent of Novelty architecture. This lustrous, comic beacon has been placed to advertise the toy
emporium that awaits visitors inside the gallery.
Upon entering the Underground of Jim Kempner Fine Art, viewers are taken back to the mid 20th century, to a mothballed, latent toy business. The shelves on the
wall are lined with toys, each possessing a unique description and function. The Blazing Model Sun is a toy sun advertised as being tons of fun for kids to play with.
For kids to enjoy this toy fully, instructions have been neatly printed on the side of the package encouraging users to simply “Fill with gas and light it”. This artwork
has been described as “exquisitely lethal.”
Some of Regier’s toys are less treacherous, and instead posses a more abject quality. The flawless presentation cannot detract from the reality that these toys
have a sense of hopelessness and resignation in their ability description. Tardy the Manpony is a centaur figurine with a forlorn look on his face. When observing the
images on the packing, one can see Tardy, rearing on his hind legs as Noah’s ark sails away in the distance. This is perhaps why there are no centaurs to be seen
Whether hopeless or dangerous, something that all of the toys in H. Maxwell Fisher’s toy emporium share is an element of surprise or mystery. The most
mysterious of them all would be Mystery Action Man in Space with Mystery Action. This metal robot was made in a 1960’s era aesthetic, and within the torso of each
robot contains some unidentified element. The elements within each robot are so mysterious, that even artist Randy Regier does not know the contents. The only one
who can solve the mystery is renowned poet, Albert Goldbarth, whom Regier recruited to assign each robot their mystery action.
Regier currently lives and continues to make toys in Wichita, Kansas.
For more information, see www.randyregier.com.
JIM KEMPNER FINE ART
501 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011