TELENOVELAS SUBURBIA: Carter Burden Gallery, 548 West 28th Sept 7-28th, 2017

TELENOVELA SUBURBIA :  Episodes One, Two, and Three

In my recent series, Telenovelas Suburbia, I create scenes within imaginary suburban homes by the use of vintage dollhouses from the 1950’s and 1960’s. As lifelong collector of pop culture commodities, my work is inspired by vintage kitsch, which includes anime dolls, action figures, dollhouses, bodybuilding and vintage nudist magazines. I arrange pulp fiction inspired scenes within the tin walls of vintage dollhouses. Inspired by film noir, and the works of David Lynch, Wes Anderson and Todd Solondz, I enjoy staging, lighting, and photographing my cast of characters within the dollhouse sets. Next I distort the colors by computer and manipulate them one final time on canvas. What excites me is exploring socio-psychological taboos, societal foibles, and machinations from a voyeuristic perspective by use of the dollhouses. In the end, I’m a painter and storyteller. I create painted stills from movies never made but influenced from my suburban upbringing, my life in New York and Japan, eccentric lovers, and unforgettable past marriage to lovely natural bodybuilder.

VALLEY OF THE ANIME and VALLEY OF TESTOSTERONIA

I enjoy  ‘piling up’ my collections of dolls and painting their humor, drama, absurdity, and 'innocent' sexual machismo and femininity. The piling up of dolls also creates an energy of their forms, colors, and accidental compositions. There's a visceral visual experience, a byproduct of 'controlled chaos' – resulting from the juxtaposition and irony in their complex relationships - especially between hyper-sexualized anime dolls and the prototypical display of male veritlity and strength embodied by bodybuilding, wrestling , and Masters of the Universe dolls. Their compostions both repell and attract at the same time.. There's a challenge in finding this delicate balance.

 

Carter Burden Gallery presents new exhibitions Women of Absurdia in the East Gallery featuring Vicki Khuzami and Daena Title. The reception will be held September 7, 2017 from 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibition runs from September 7th through 28th at 548 West 28th Street in New York City. The gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.