Click HERE for Jennifer Baron's excellent review of Wearable Nostalgia: Deconstructing Barbie & Ken in PopCity Media !! December 2, 2009
Opening: December 5, 2009
Closing: January 16, 2010
"Wearable Nostalgia: Deconstructing Barbie & Ken"
In honor of Barbie's 50th birthday, Luke & Eloy Gallery is pleased to feature Brooklyn, NY based artist Margaux Lange with a solo exhibition of Lange's hilarious and irreverent jewelry. Margaux received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD where she graduated "Cum Laude" in 2001.
Barbie dolls were extremely significant in fueling my creative life as a child. They were controlled and manipulated to fit infinite situations of my choosing. I immersed myself in on-going narratives (complete with elaborate hand-made dwellings) where all my fears, embarrassments, joys and explorations of human interactions could be played out like characters on a stage. An invaluable tool for the expansion of my imagination as a child, ironically, Barbie continues to be such for me as an adult.
Whether you love her or hate her, there are few who feel neutral about the plastic princess. I am fascinated with who she is as a cultural icon, her distinguished celebrity status, and the enormous impact she has had on our society. Specifically, I’m intrigued with her influence in defining gender roles of women in contemporary American culture.
- Margaux Lange