I like the idea of making something completely useless. Bubblegum Vanity is just that. A vanity with mirrors and lights with no chair, just a set of stairs leading no where. Selfies with attendees will extend the work into a social sphere.
—artist Michelle Carollo
Last month Long Island Sound & Beyond posted a preview of the Projections exhibit featuring local artist and arts coordinator Michelle Carollo’s surreal Bubblegum Vanity installation. “My process investigates using three-dimensional elements on two-dimensional painted surfaces—sculptural paintings,” says Carollo. “I’m completely immersed in what I make and how my body reacts within the space while I am making it.”
While some of her earlier works like Waste Tube, Black-Out-Bits and In a Split recall the Whos’ colorful flu-flubers, tar-tinkers and hoo-hoovers, Carollo’s latest installation, Bubblegum Vanity, includes elements of furniture design and dumpster diving treasures.
And here it is:
In Michelle’s own words: “It’s a spin off from older work—playing with previous concepts of transforming a room into a three-dimensional abstract painting. In this piece, I have shifted my focus towards the idea of making non-functional furniture. I like the idea of making something completely useless. ‘Bubblegum Vanity’ is just that. A vanity with mirrors and lights with no chair, just a set of stairs leading no where, with a red carpet cascading downward. The alluring carpet entices the spectator to come closer and exchange with the piece.
Approximate size is 144” x 120”
Materials: Wood, Plexi-glass, mirrors, vinyl, tape, paint, crates, light bulbs.
Surface: Flat, gloss finish.
Theme: The act of making a place to facilitate vanity. Selfies with attendees will further extend the work into a social sphere.
Experience the piece live at the Patchogue Arts Council through June 21st as part of a show entitled Projections: New Installations by Michelle Carollo and Jason Paradis.
And if you miss the hypnotic Bubblegum Vanity at PAC, Carollo will also be showing it at Freecandy Creative Space in Brooklyn, with an opening on July 19th.