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Archive for July, 2005

Finally a Sheep for Barbie

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

The last items on Barbie’s Altar are: A sheep Two small school photos of my daughters Twenty yards of pink ribbon Hope to see you at the opening.

Recomplicating Fairy Stories

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

Jadelennox commented on our first Willy Wonka entry, saying in part: “Dahl uses grotesque or extreme descriptions of body types to represent wickedness, venality, villainy, and stupidity.” This comment hooks neatly into something we were thinking based on the movie, which is how many fairy tales and folk stories are based on a cruelty of […]

Altered Barbie Exhibition Opening Information

Friday, July 29th, 2005

The Artists’ reception for the Altered Barbie show is on Thursday, August 4th from 5 to 9 PM. The exhibition continues through the month of August. The exhibition is at Red Ink Studios (415.336.6332) at 989 Market Street in San Francisco.

Chocolate Gender and Sweet Families

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

You have to wonder what made director Tim Burton and his crew decide on a genderless look for Willy Wonka in the current Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; the character is not genderless in the book, or in the 1971 film with Gene Wilder. There are lots of ways to present as ungendered; Johnny Depp’s […]

Still More on Barbie’s Altar

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

a tiny baby doll a handmade glass cherry two pink candles from my favorite botanica in the Mission two gold metal candle holders with star-shaped bases Still no sheep.

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Gender

Monday, July 25th, 2005

Body Impolitic went to the movies. Specifically, we went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory … and so should you. We have a good deal to say about the movie (and not too much about the fat stereotypes, because we’d be preaching to the choir). Our detailed comments will come. Meanwhile, we were thinking […]

More on Barbie’s altar

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

I went shopping on Mission St. yesterday for altar pieces. There are shops that have lots and lots and lots of small ceramic figures Many of them are religious and some are “pretty girl” Victorian and almost all are very sentimental. They are all made in China. After having examined literally hundreds of figures, I […]

What’s On Barbie’s Altar?

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

So what’s on Barbie’s altar so far? silk and dried roses a fat woman porcelain sculpture in period black lingerie three cherubs that I bought in a Xmas-carol-filled market in Kyoto in 2002 a tile of three fat women playing cards in their underwear a small toy giraffe a photograph of my god-daughter a small […]

Barbie’s Altar, Part I

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

Jill Lee, curator of the ChatterBox Gallery and art curator for the State of California for Asia, is putting on the fifth showing of her Altered Barbie series. The Altered Barbie and Friends exhibition in Shanghai earlier this year included eleven of Laurie’s photographs for Women of Japan. The Altered Barbie show is a mixed-media […]

Live Nude Artist’s References

Monday, July 18th, 2005

We are really grateful to Nipnic, because we can now see the photographs we blogged about as “the pictures we can’t see.” They are by Akira Gomi, a Japanese photographer, who has apparently done similar series with Japanese, Chinese, and American women, and with Japanese men. You can see a large selection of the American […]