KENISE BARNES FINE ART

FINE ART GALLERY AND CONSULTING SERVICE SINCE 1994

Toy Story

Sid Caesar, Ernest Concepcion, Daly Flanagan, Lori Nix, David Packer, Don Porcano, Roxa Smith, Madeline Wilson 

Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY

November 23, 2011 - December 18, 2011

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"Toys" are made to bridge from the practical to the imagination.Toys stimulate the child's imagination that is not yet so encumbered with "real" things. Why artists use toys and childhood mementos is a multilayered question and a rich vein to mine. Roll playing, modeling, and memories of a less complicated self are some of the many facets of imaginative play. Many artists used toys as a metaphor for real life scenarios that we encounter in adult life. Toys, dolls, in particular are standing in for the "self" but also for the dark shadows in ourselves that we can only explore in our pretend world. We find these tendencies fascinating and how artists have employed toys compelling interesting and psychological and visual terms.

Kenise Barnes and Lynn Stein