Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Laura "Dinkie" LaForge: "Sassy Ladies" - Stutz Gallery - June 30, 2004 - 1/2 star

The artist's statement for this show of rigid, ill proportioned, cartoony-looking painted women reads, in part, that the work "strives to reveal beauty of empowerment that exists in all females," which only furthers the visual arts Spinal Tap experience. All the female figures have the same, stylized, flat poofed lips, oversized and elongated eyes, a line for a nose. Flat on many levels, and painted with acrylics that look right out of a jar, the pieces actually all look alike - only the blanks have been filled in with different colors. Static, stale and following a base, dated design formula, the dressed up girlies resemble what an early '80s Valley Girl might aspire to. Through July 16, 2004; 317-833-7000. -Mary Lee Pappas

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