Vintage Vices

A few years ago, my friend Jessica Sims and I had a two-person exhibition titled, Vintage Vices, at Artspace in Richmond, Virginia.

It was a great collaboration since we approach painting differently (she is an abstract painter). We decided to use vintage print advertising as our inspiration-me for imagery/composition and her for palette/composition.

I have never posted a gallery of the work, so here are some of the works I created for that show, plus a few additional ones that were created after the show because they are just so much fun to make.

Barbie on campus

Since I work for a university, I am always interested in seeing how "university life" is portrayed in popular culture. I recently stumbled on a set of vintage advertisements for 1964's Barbie on Campus line.
You get a chance to see Barbie's dorm room-that looks nothing like today's dorm room, but I really appreciate the matching decor and lack of a TV, Wii or docking station of any kind.
You can see where barbie will spend her time. Please note the lack of any academic pursuits.

And you can see what Barbie and Ken will be wearing. I especially enjoy the masquerade outfits that would be the hit of any greek event.

Yayoi Kusama

Accumulation, 1963

Yayoi Kusama has a retrospective exhibit at theWhitney Museum. New York is the last stop of this traveling exhibit. It was previously shown in Madrid, Paris and London. It features 60 years of her work and will be on display until September 30.

Since the exhibition is sponsored by Loius Vuitton, Yayoi Kusama has transformed the Louis Vuitton store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. 

Inside the store, a special section is devoted to the collection featuring classic Louis Vuitton bags and shoes washed in Kusama’s dots. 
Louis Vuitton also collaborated with artist Takashi Murakami