Laurie Simmons "The Love Doll: Days 1-30"

Salon 94 Bowery

poster for Laurie Simmons "The Love Doll: Days 1-30"

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In the fall of 2009, Simmons ordered a customized, high end Love Doll from Japan. The doll, designed as a surrogate sex partner, arrived in a crate, clothed in a transparent slip and accompanied by a separate box containing an engagement ring and female genitalia. Simmons began to document her photographic relationship with this human scale ‘girl’. The resulting photographs depict the lifelike, latex doll in an ongoing series of ‘actions’, shown and titled chronologically from the day Simmons received the doll, through to the present. The photos reveal the relationship Simmons develops with her model. The first days depict a somewhat formal and shy series of poses with an ever increasing familiarity and comfort level unveiled as time passes. A second doll arrived one year later. This new character, and the interaction between the two, reveal yet another dynamic in composition - both formally and psychologically.
"The Love Doll: Days 1-30" opens at the gallery’s newly completed Bowery location on February 15th. The Rafael Viñoly designed space has been the site of several gallery exhibitions during construction. The opening of the Simmons show will mark the official unveiling of the finished gallery to the public, a first for the star architect. Works by Simmons may also be viewed at Salon 94, uptown.



from February 15, 2011 to March 26, 2011

Opening Reception on 2011-02-15 from 18:00 to 20:00


Laurie Simmons

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