Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Vision To Visuals: Keeping It Real
Rachel Hovnanian challenges perceptions of female beauty
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Elaborating on the theme of this solo exhibition, she says, "Mud Pie explores the blurring of reality and the narcissistic side of digital life. The viewer is invited into my dream/awake state as I identify commonplace sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and views of my early childhood in Texas. I ask everyone to imagine a young girl making mud pies in the backyard swallowed up in the world of make believe. I recall vividly the smell of pie in my mother's kitchen, which triggers a powerful memory—but is it apple or mud? And my memory of a profusion of fresh flowers—real or is this more cultural taxidermy? I often think it took a digital revolution to overwhelm the mythic purity of both a child's mud pie and a kitchen-baked, factory-fresh American apple pie and that we need to recall our own mud pie to preserve our earliest origins. We seem to have forgotten what is real. Fast food chains replaced cafes; children think a package of pink powder mixed with water is real lemonade made with freshly squeezed pink lemons. We think we have 1,000 real friends on Facebook. We are sucked into our screens and can't find the time to separate from technology. Only when the power is down, or if we are visiting a remote place with no wireless, can we take a break."
It's a true honor for Duggal to work with artists like Rachel Hovnanian, the real soothsayers and healers of our era.
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