Posts Tagged ‘Gender’

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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Gendered Object:Barbie as Art at Ann Street Gallery

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Tonight is the opening reception for Barbie as art at Ann Street Gallery in NYC; “The Ann Street Gallery is delighted to present its newest exhibition Gendered Object: Barbie as Art, with an Artist Reception on Saturday, May 19 from 6 – 9 pm. This event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

It seems the entire world knows who Barbie is, and in Gendered Object: Barbie as Art, a group of contemporary artists embrace this plastic beauty, whose iconic pop culture image exerts a powerful influence on artistic and visual culture alike. Mass-produced objects like dolls can tell us much about the creation and significance of self-image in the context of group identities. Since the 1960′s and the advent of the “consumer society” playing with gender identity through styling and fashion has moved from the margins to occupy a more mainstream position. This has since been expressed in popular culture through an interest in androgyny, breaking conventional gender dress codes, gender bending and body reconstruction. Read more here

I have contributed about eight dolls, this is one of them in the exhibit:

Ann Street Gallery

Ann Street Gallery, 104 Ann Street, Newburgh, NY 12550