Joyce Dallal’s The Other Toy Story presents Receptacle, a 10-foot tall trash-can “baby” that is “fed” during the opening reception and throughout the exhibition with used and broken non-recyclable toys.






Short video documentary about the project. By John Flynn.


Introducing the Litter

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Atkins Library
UNC Charlotte Campus

Thing One

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Discovery Place
301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Thing Two

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North Carolina Dance Theater
701 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

March 28-June 26
Opening Reception Friday, March 28, 6-8 pm

Toy collection ongoing at the gallery through June 26.

More info

Projective Eye Gallery at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte · Center City Building
320 E. 9TH St.
704‑687‑0833 or 704‑687‑0877
Monday – Sunday, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Projective Eye Gallery

mine. By John Flynn.

The Other Toy Story is an ongoing project by Joyce Dallal conceived as part of a residency at the Marlborough School in Los Angeles, spanning the 2010-11 school year. It began as a multi-faceted art project to investigate the impact and influence of toys on our social, psychological, and physical environment—especially, what do we do with them when we’re done playing with them? The concept grew out of her personal experience as a parent overwhelmed with all the stuff that accumulated in her own household—especially the amount of plastic contained in toys that cannot be recycled. During the residency, students created artwork on the theme of toys that was exhibited alongside the Receptacle.


Joyce Dallal is an artist working with themes of collective and personal history, community, memory, and the evolution of contemporary cultural identity. She is interested in the human ramifications of political and social realities and this is most often the inspiration for her work. She works with a variety of media, from small prints and collages to large installations and public commissions that often involve a public participatory component. Over the last twenty years her work has developed along two distinct tracks. One involves narratives and subjects informed by her personal and family background, and the other inspired by subject matter related to specific sites and communities for whom she has produced public projects. The two realms are connected by an interest in examining the ways cultural identities mix, evolve, and are shaped by contemporary culture.
Bio: Joyce Dallal has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over 20 years. She is the recipient of several grants and fellowships, among them a National Endowment for the Arts Regional Arts Fellowship in Photography, a Brody Arts Fellowship, and a City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship. Her public art projects can be viewed in various sites around Los Angeles. She received her Masters in Fine Art from USC and is a professor in the art department at El Camino College in Southern California.