Plastic Dreams 2021

Action Figures: Resin, Plastic, cotton, synthetic fabric, rubber, acrylic paint
Boxes: Cardboard

Fascinated by Hollywood’s power to influence global culture through the merchandising of their film characters, Patel has created a series of action figures based on his trilogy of films - The Jump (2015), Don't Look at the Finger (2017), and Trinity (2021). Proposing alternatives to the white normative bodies that dominate the toy industry, Patel’s figures are designed to become irresistible avatars for children and adults to project themselves into, regardless of their race, gender or body type.

The figures pictured were shown as part of touring solo show, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2021), and New Art Exchange (2022) Photo by Tom Morley at New Art Exchange, Nottingham.

Action figure series, based on characters from Patel's film trilogy. Photo by Thierry Bal

Action figure series, based on characters from Patel’s film trilogy. Photo by Thierry Bal at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

Action figure series, based on characters from Patel's film trilogy. Photo by Thierry Bal

Action figure series, based on characters from Patel’s film trilogy. Photo by Thierry Bal

Action figure and poster series, based on characters from Patel's film trilogy. Photo by Thierry Bal

Action figure and poster series, based on characters from Patel’s film trilogy. Photo by Thierry Bal

Action figure series, based on characters from Patel's film trilogy. Photo by Tom Morley at New Art Exchange, Nottingham

Action figure series, based on characters from Patel’s film trilogy. Photo by Tom Morley at New Art Exchange, Nottingham

Action figure series, based on characters from Patel's film trilogy. Photo by Tom Morley at New Art Exchange, Nottingham

Action figure series, based on characters from Patel’s film trilogy. Photo by Tom Morley at New Art Exchange, Nottingham

Action figure series, based on characters from Patel's film trilogy. Photo by Tom Morley at New Art Exchange, Nottingham

Action figure series, based on characters from Patel’s film trilogy. Photo by Tom Morley at New Art Exchange, Nottingham