Laurie Simmons, The Love Doll / Day 30 / Day 2 (Meeting), 2011
Laurie Simmons | The Love Doll: Days 9-35
20.04.2013 – 25.05.2013
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokio
Laurie Simmons is known for her photographs and films using human surrogates like puppets, toys, dolls, and magazine cut-outs, among other props. Simmons has long investigated human performance as it relates to specific environments through a deep documentation and profound choreography of dolls and objects in and on a stage. The boundaries between fiction and reality are often blurred, and the artist’s tableaus are evocative of a sincere humanity, emotion and character.
Laurie Simmons, The Love Doll / Day 27 / Day 1 (New in Box, Head), 2010
In this exhibition, 14 works from Simmons’ new body of photographs entitled “THE LOVE DOLL” will be paired with the artist’s new film “GEISHA SONG”. In 2009, Simmons discovered a poster advertising a plastic love doll dressed in a school girl’s uniform in a comic shop in Akihabara. “I had a strong sense I’d find something that would change my work and move it forward – a book, a prop, a background,” she said later (Laurie Simmons, The Love Doll, p.10). Simmons immediately ordered two of the customized, high-end and life-size Japanese Love Dolls. Originally intended as surrogate sex partners, the dolls arrived to her New York studio in a crate, clothed in a transparent slip and accompanied by a separate box containing an engagement ring and female genitalia.
Laurie Simmons, The Love Doll / Day 24 (Underwater), 2010
Simmons began to document her photographic relationship with this human-scale “girl”. The resulting photographs depict the lifelike, latex doll in an ongoing series of “actions”, shown and titled chronologically as the artist’s relationship with the prop evolves. Simmons selected clothes, accessories, props and settings for the dolls, taking various portraits of them in the living room and the kitchen, inside the pool and in the garden, among other domestic sites. She documents the figures in various moments, under changing light, and through all seasons. The series has been published in the book “THE LOVE DOLL” and has been exhibited in New York, London, Paris and Aspen and Gothenburg Sweden.
Laurie Simmons, The Love Doll / Day 32 (Blue Geisha Close-up), 2011
Laurie Simmons was born in Long Island, NY in 1949. She graduated from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia with B.F.A. in 1971 and lives and works in New York. Her works are collected in major institutions in the U.S. including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Walker Art Center, as well as The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, The Israel Museum, The National Museum of Art, Osaka and Hara Museum, and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa in Japan. She recently had a solo exhibition of her major works including the Love Doll series at Gothenburg Museum of Art in Sweden in 2012. This year she will participate in Venice Biennial with Allan McCollum, showing “Actual Photos” series in 1985. She has extended the scope of the artistic practice to collaborations with fashion brands such as COMME des GARÇONS and Chanel.