Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Laurie Simmons: Walking and Lying Objects

laurie simmons lying gun color
Laurie Simmons, Lying Gun (Color), 1990

laurie simmons walking camera jimmy the camera
Laurie Simmons, Walking Camera / (Jimmy the Camera) (Color), 1987

laurie simmons walking purse
Laurie Simmons, Walking Purse, 1989

laurie simmons walking hourglass
Laurie Simmons, Walking Hourglass (Color), 1989

laurie simmons lying gun
Laurie Simmons, Lying Gun, 1990

laurie simmons three red petit-fours
Laurie Simmons, Three Red Petit-Fours, 1990

laurie simmons walking gun
Laurie Simmons, Walking Gun, 1991

laurie simmons lying book
Laurie Simmons, Lying Book (Color), 1990

laurie simmons magnum opus the bye-bye
Laurie Simmons, Magnum Opus (The Bye Bye), 1991


Laurie Simmons




Laurie Simmons was born on Long Island, New York, in 1949. She received a BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia (1971). Simmons stages photographs and films with paper dolls, finger puppets, ventriloquist dummies, and costumed dancers as “living objects,” animating a dollhouse world suffused with nostalgia and colored by an adult’s memories, longings, and regrets. Simmons’s work blends psychological, political and conceptual approaches to art making, transforming photography’s propensity to objectify people, especially women, into a sustained critique of the medium. Mining childhood memories and media constructions of gender roles, her photographs are charged with an eerie, dreamlike quality. On first glance her works often appear whimsical, but there is a disquieting aspect to Simmons’s child’s play as her characters struggle over identity in an environment in which the value placed on consumption, designer objects, and domestic space is inflated to absurd proportions. Simmons’s first film, “The Music of Regret” (2006), extends her photographic practice to performance, incorporating musicians, professional puppeteers, Alvin Ailey dancers, Hollywood cinematographer Ed Lachman, and actress Meryl Streep. She has received many awards, including the Roy Lichtenstein Residency in the Visual Arts at the American Academy in Rome (2005); and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1997) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1984). She has had major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006); Baltimore Museum of Art (1997); San Jose Museum of Art, California (1990); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1987); and has participated in two Whitney Biennials (1985, 1991). Simmons lives and works in New York.


32 comments:

Kristin said...

I love the walking gun. Such cool shots! Although if I brought it home the hubs might think I was going to go all Snapped on him. Ah ha

Ela said...

I love this! Except the walking guns, which kinda scare me a little.
I WANT to be the walking purse! And the walking camera...except I think I'd tip over.
And not the walking toilet...
Happy Wednesday :)

Iva said...

"Simmons’s work blends psychological, political and conceptual approaches to art making, transforming photography’s propensity to objectify people, especially women, into a sustained critique of the medium."

ABSOLUTELY!

Such amazing art. The hour glass, the book, the camera, even the scary, scary guns, 'The Bye Bye'. Gender roles are well pointed out! wow.I am in awe of her work. Personally, guns terrify the living daylights out of me, and even here through her art, I am stunned at the visuals behind the gun with the legs laying down, and the 'walking gun'. She truly has some remarkable work.

Thank you so much for sharing these pieces with us!

Clorivak said...

These are Awesome!!! There was a tea-set that I wanted to get with sexy legs coming out of them,i believe as the handle.

oh and btw I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!! ahahahah...you write the best kind.
have a great wednesday!!

Waxy said...

I wish I had a walking toilet - then I wouldn't have to get off my ass all the time! Toilet get over here!

JennyMac said...

Love the artistic vision of these pics.

The Peach Tart said...

I LOVE these especially the purse and the hourglass.

bananas. said...

this lady is pretty effin amazing. i want to one of those gun people. they have rockin legs! talk about BAD ASS!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Very interesting stuff...especially the walking gun and the petit fours!

Jill Pilgrim said...

Very cool!!

Elizabeth Marie said...

I like the guns!! And the handbag OF COURSE I'll be the first one to say it!!!

I'm hyper! I love you! Girl crushy today!!

Brooke said...

I really like the "Walking Gun". The handle totally looks like a strapless dress, at first glance. Very interesting work. It remind me of Alice in Wonderland, or something similar...hmmm...

Emily said...

I love the walking gun the most.

The Haute-Shopper said...

Fascinating. These are beautiful but slightly eerie at the same time. I get her take on consumerism and how people become so taken with material objects they are almost treated with a love you would only reserve for other humans. And on another level, it also shows how people identify or define themselves by the objects they own. Terrific stuff... thanks for sharing!

down and out chic said...

for me, these are definitely uncomfortable and fascinating pieces. this certainly takes personification to a new level.

Phoenix said...

The guns and the book are amazing...such simple, life-changing objects that are suddenly given personalities...

very cool!

Annie said...

very cool and weird at the same time!

diane said...

These are cool. I'm so glad you provide information with the photos, a lot of people don't bother to do that. It really helps the understanding and appreciation process.
I was actually looking for "dead dog lying", not that she's ever done that.

Milly said...

interesting and cool pics

Alina said...

So very Alice in Wonderland!

Kristen Sara said...

These are interesting.... but they kind of weird me out too. But I like them at the same time.

Sam said...

Wow! They remind me of Busby Berkley on acid!! Love them a lot -they make me smile!

Felicia|DaLipstickBandit said...

gives new meaning to the phrase "it didn't just walk away..." lol...don't know if someone else wrote that...

Fragrant Liar said...

These are awesome pics. Gives everyday things a new set of legs to cruise our realities on.

one little simitopian said...

Ooh! Very cool and unique. I love the lying guns, and the lyting book- it kinda looks like a woman is being a bookmark, or maybe getting "lost within" a good book !

Pretty Little World said...

I love each and every one of these. The idea seems so simple, but the pieces themselves actually seem a lot more complex than you would imagine.

What a great conversation piece one of these would make!

Hey Harriet said...

Hmmm...I'm not quite sure what to make of these. Both cool and creepy. I think I need to take another look at them!

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

Magnum Opus (The Bye-Bye) is nothing short of genius!

Fresh said...

She is my MUSE! I love her so much.

Gabbi said...

I love her work! Have you ever seen it in person? I'm guessing yes... she's one of the artists whose work I need to see in person one day.

Hanako66 said...

I absolutely love these! I would love to have a print of walking purse!

...love Maegan said...

i love them so much