Thursday, April 30, 2009

Window Muffys

How much is that Muffy in the window?

A few of the Muffys in the window, as part of my first solo show at ARTspace, entitled Guys & Dolls.

ARTspace Window

Well, it has been a very short month! In 4 days, I take down my ARTspace exhibit. The front window (above) has generated a LOT of discussion. It has been funny watching people walk by, then back up and point to one of the altered Muffys in the window. And laugh.

Exactly what I wanted!

So where does my art go from here? I'm not sure. My printmaking instructor said he'd like to see the Gallery offer waterless lithography. Maybe I'd like that. I have no idea what it is, but it sounds like there's lots of chemicals involved- COOL.

I might take basketweaving. Seriously. There's a basketweaving guild that meets at the Cultural Centre once a month and it sounds like they do some interesting things. But how will I incorporate Muffy, you ask? I won't know until I try.

I'll still do shadowboxes, but I think it might be time for me to branch out and try something different! Having a show was a very good experience for me- printmaking was the springboard.

Now I need a plan. I'm gonna make a plan. Yup- I'll get planning.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Guys & Dolls

That's me, freaking out just before I made my speech. It went well! Somehow, all the thoughts I had swirling around in my head at 2am came out in a coherent fashion when I spoke to the 60+ people in attendance. I sold 3 prints! Yippee! So now, I'm the Flavour of the Month at ARTspace. That ain't so bad. Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

First Solo Show

Burn, baby, burn

All eyes will be upon me this Thursday night! It's the opening for my first solo show at ARTspace- Laurie Langford: Guys & Dolls.

Am I ready? Absolutely not! I still have some bird skulls to glue to Barbie bodies- yes, the front window of ARTspace will be quite different for one month. I am excited! Lots of friends and family will be in attendance- I hope I can come up with some interesting dialogue.

I know that one of the questions will be "why?"

Why do I pose my son's action figures around the backyard and photograph them and turn them into prints? Why do I take dollar store dolls, call them Muffy, and pose them naked on the beach? Because I enjoy it, that's why. And the results make me laugh. And maybe, just maybe, there's a social commentary in there somewhere about stereotypes and the idea body. I am at a point in my life where NOT looking older involves surgical procedures, so the' ideal body' issue is on my mind. And one of the ideal bodies in our society is Barbie. Big boobs, no thighs, and impossibly smooth plastic skin. What's wrong with the way we look naturally? I know, this is coming from a woman who has been dyeing her hair for decades.

The next post will be about the show. For now, it may interest you to know that the 'eyes' in the above print are Audrey Hepburn's.