Posted in Dolls, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Hair & Fabric, Medicine / Anatomy, Sculpture by Suzanne on September 5th, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia
Princess Owl by Eric van Straaten - click to enlarge
Curating a doll group show is a challenge in many ways but particularly because the genre has a difficult position in the arts and it's often a very tricky navigation between admirable, if not slightly OCD crafts(wo)manship and downright sugar-coated fantasy kitsch.
Strychnin, however, has avoided falling into the marzipan trap by getting 3D-printing "sculptor" Eric van Straaten on board an otherwise female cast of doll artists and therefore giving a very decorative and fashiony Valley of the Dolls a much needed obscure twist.
Virginie Ropars will certainly once again deliver outstandingly detailed symbiotic and allegorical work, twin sisters Elena and Ekaterina Popovy will be presenting their samurai Barbie®... err... beauties while Marmite Sue has been taking self-harming one step further for this group show and will be showing porcelain lolitas with limbs carved down to translucent filigree.
Basically, there's something for every doll lover in this show. Opens this Friday, September 9. Details below.
Model No. 3 by Ekaterina and Elena Popovy - click to enlarge
Opening reception: Sep 9, 2011, 7 PM onwards
On show: Sep 9 - Oct 2, 2011
Address: Strychnin Gallery, Boxhagenerstr. 36, 10245 Berlin, Germany, tel: +49 30 9700 2035
Opening hours: Thu - Sun: 12 - 6 PM
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