Posts Tagged ‘femininity’

Barbie Redux Workshop, Ojai

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Mass produced, over perfectified, glamorized fashionistas destined for goodwill, thrift shops and dumpsters can be given new life! Learn how to “up-cycle”, alter and embellish Barbie into an interesting, fun, whimsical, and or thought provoking work of art.

It is with malicious joy that many a child has taken scissors to Barbie’s golden mane. That would be just the beginning in the Barbie Redux workshop! The plastic pop culture icon can be re-constructed and held up to a higher standard of representation. As a work of art she may reflect societal issues about the roles that women play, related to gender, beauty, sexual objectification and feminine idealism. Or, she may become a whimsical or surreal creature leaving commercial symbolism behind in favor of a unique, one of a kind, work of art not to be destined for a landfill.

Instructor, Patricia Anders started altering Barbies in 2009 and continues to give new life and meaning to the mass produced object. Her altered dolls have been exhibited and published many times. Having altered nearly a hundred Barbies, she brings a wealth of experience to “playing dolls”.

The Barbie Redux workshop will be held on Nov 9th and Nov 10th (tentative)in conjunction with the Ojai art festival, “Dis-carted”.

The workshops will be held at OVA Arts
108 Signal Street, Ojai, Ca 93023 Phone: 805 646 5682
Class fee 40.00
All materials provided
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Bravo’s Work of Art, the Next Great Artist, Episode 8

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

During the critique, when Peregine glanced askew and sneered that “Mark could have given her more” I saw that not only did she not want to take responsibility for her weak piece but she wanted to let Mark take the blame, at that moment I lost interest in her winning. Conniving, manipulation and deceit ala “Survivor” and Miles Mendenhall, puts a bad name to good art, were there any. While the judges apparently don’t see the goings on behind the scenes the public does and its hard to separate the art work from the artist behavior and attitude and one hopes that decency prevails. Because of its game show like format, its a matter of luck and one good piece, even Abdi stands a chance. And since Abdi and Nicole are the only two who havn’t tried to be underhanded my hope is that they will strike it lucky with an outrageously good idea and maybe even a strong work of art.

Mark seems unpretentious and allowed himself to be vulnerable at Peregine’s bidding. China Chow’s tears at the end probably had to do with recognizing Mark’s sincere effort and then being shot down, not sure, but for her to shake that icy demeanor had to mean she was touched…And honestly, while the heaven and hell topic was trite to begin with, Marks piece worked better to me than Peregrine’s grommetted, glittered gunky cigarette butts of a mess.

Jaclyn’s piece was suppose to be about masturbating while standing up but her posture read something else to me. The limp hand shrouding her pubic area and her pose with head thrown back appears to be an act of complete surrender and maybe shame (as a fig leaf would do, covering nudity) rather than control. This is after all what happens with an orgasm, a complete surrender of bodily function. I would be interested in what scholarly feminists in the know would say about that. It seems that the meekness of it in contrast to a powerful stance and confrontational stare, in the nude or not, might have been more effective if trying to convey feminine “control”. And oddly enough, Mile’s piece, which was suppose to convey masculine/out of control, showed literal, violent penetration, think what you will, but he did penetrate that wall with his fist.