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"Valley of the Dolls" Group Show at Strychnin, Berlin

by Suzanne on September 5th, 2011

Princess Owl by Eric van Straaten - click to enlarge

With Valley of the Dolls, Berlin's Strychnin Gallery will once again pay tribute to some of the world's leading young doll artists.

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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Daniël van Nes, Marina Bychkova, Cliff Wallace & Virginie Ropars at Strychnin Berlin

by Suzanne on December 12th, 2008

Sapphire by Marina Bychkova, porcelain, ball-jointed,13.5” - click for details/larger view

Daniël van Nes' Fallen Angels show opens at Strychnin Berlin tonight, and I must confess that I'm actually even fonder of the works of the three special guests the gallery has invited:

Marina Bychkova (see image above, previously featured here), Cliff Wallace (see image below) & Virginie Ropars will all exhibit their doll/creature effects/sculpture works alongside Daniël's oeuvre and I really, really wish I could beam myself to Berlin-Mitte to see this exhibition, particularly because Daniël announced on his blog that:

"This will be a show that's in a completely dark gallery... the confessional, the large tryptich and other new work will be present."

I have no idea whether that's a slight exaggeration or whether people will have to bring torches or just stumble through a "completely dark gallery" in the faint hope to smash the least expensive sculpture to pieces, but I admit that it does sound conceptually interesting to say the least. Further details below.

The Burden of Knowledge by Cliff Wallace - click for details/larger view

Opening reception: Tonight, Friday, December 12, 2008, 7 PM onwards

On show: December 12, 2008 - February 1, 2009

Address: Strychnin Gallery Berlin, Boxhagenerstrasse 36, D-10245 Berlin, Germany, tel: +49 30 9700 2035

Artists' websites: Daniël van Nes | Marina Bychkova | Cliff Wallace | Virginie Ropars


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