Tiara Non Grata

Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Or, in the age of ubiquitous celebrity culture, and Miley Cyrus debates, perhaps the catch phrase is "Who wore it best?" That's the title, in fact, of a large-scale oil painted by Erin Goedtel, who shares a critical sensibility about glamor, media, and fantasy perceptions of female beauty with Wisconsin artist Emily Bennett Beck. In their paintings and mixed-media work, they (and quoting the press release here, because the verbiage is brilliant) "skillfully create a feeling of disgust," and "depict a distortion of the dewy eyed earnestness of these narrative figures, encapsulating both our connections to the female figure's vulnerabilities and our desire to revel in her miseries." Bennett Beck approaches her work with a "near demonic naivety and sincere devotion," while Goedtel creates "sculptures of the sparkling excrement only the finest of trophy poodles would leave behind." No one does materialism, consumption, and celebrity cultishness — as both expose and caution — better. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 7. (Emily Bennett Beck, A Real Sweetie)
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 7. Continues through Oct. 19, 2013

 
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