I Only Want You to Love Me
Exhibition Dates: May 8 - June 8, 2013
Opening Reception & Signing:
Wednesday, May 8
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Something is not quite right with Mies Aldrige's women and the exhibition title I Only Want You to Love Me is a perfect description for the sentiment within the work. This exhibition marks the second featured show for Aldridge with Stephen Kasher Gallery; it is a retrospective, and will open in tandem with a show of the same title at the Somerset House in London. I Only Want You to Love Me is super saturated with color but full of darkness. What Aldridge has composed are meticulously crafted spaces where otherwise polished women come apart at the seams. Frames almost saccharine with color poke at stereotypical female roles, fashion, and the commodification of our culture. An artist of the subconscious and of fashion these works are pinnacle, for we see both the bright shinny packages of these types and the gaping hole that has become their existence. They have finally become aware of the degrading nature of their own vanity, their own perfection. Aldridge catches all the drama of their decline. In Home Works #7, 2008 a wife knifes a birthday cake; in A Family Portrait # 14, 2011 a daughter offers a bite of food at fork's end to her withdrawn mother without reaction; and in The Rooms #2, 2011 an elegantly dressed gambler has fallen to the floor chips, cards, and a fallen drink surround her. While firmly postmodern the work finds roots in Pop imagery and the Kodachrome palate of 1950's Hollywood.
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