The ABCs of Plastic Surgery

The ABCs of Plastic Surgery
By Karen Mainenti

September 5–21, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, September 5,  6 - 8 pm
Open hours:
Saturday-Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm
and by appointment:
On view from the window: Daily

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The ABCs of Plastic Surgery is a solo exhibition of works by Karen Mainenti, whose frolicking assortment of artwork inspired by plastic surgery images, Barbie dolls, lipstick colors and idiomatic phrases come together to create a humorous, disturbing and incisive commentary on the modern American woman’s role as an object of desire in contemporary culture.
Mainenti uses a range of mediums including traditional painting, women’s makeup, iron-on transfers and iconic toys. Much of the work, based on text or imagery, is appropriated from advertising and media, which is then reframed to show the absurdity, artifice and unnatural expectations of femininity that society has come to accept as ordinary and reasonable.
“Karen Mainenti’s humorous painting[s]… capture the conflict and dichotomy of color and the sexes.” —
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Artist Biography:
Karen Mainenti is a visual artist living and working in New York City. She is currently at work on a site-specific project entitled “Dumbo Underfoot” which will be exhibited at the 2014 DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn, NY from September 26-28, 2014. Most recently, her work was selected by juror Lauren Hinkson of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for “Color” at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) in Brooklyn, NY. She has also exhibited at Recession Art in New York, NY, Family Business in New York, NY, and A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, she attended the School of Visual Arts Summer Residency Program in Painting & Mixed Media.

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