Flannery Silva Poser Tube Dolls November 1–December 15, 2019

Exhibition

6200 Hollywood Blvd Suite 3116

Los Angeles

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Installation view

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Installation view

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Flannery Silva
Photo Box A: Lolita Richi, Cosette, 2019
Digital print, wood, paint, plexiglass, screws
Photograph: 24 x 60 inches (61 x 152.4 cm)
Box: 40.25 x 68.75 x 10.5 inches(102.2 x 174.6 x 26.7 cm)

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Flannery Silva
Jem’s Designs Basket, 2019
Pleather, foam, plastic, screws
20.5 x 32 x 24 inches (52.1 x 81.3 x 61 cm)

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Installation view

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Flannery Silva
Photo Box B: Poser Tube Doll A, Braced Star A, 2019 Digital print, wood, paint, plexiglass, screws
Photograph: 24 x 60 inches (61 x 152.4 cm)
Box: 40.25 x 68.75 x 10.5 inches(102.2 x 174.6 x 26.7 cm)

7/15

Flannery Silva
Rat Girl, 2019
Foam, paint, ceramic
23 x 22 x 26 inches (58.4 x 55.9 x 66 cm)

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Installation view

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Flannery Silva
Photo Box C: Poser Tube Doll B, Braced Star B, 2019 Digital print, wood, paint, plexiglass, screws
Photograph: 24 x 60 inches (61 x 152.4 cm)
Box: 40.25 x 68.75 x 10.5 inches(102.2 x 174.6 x 26.7 cm)

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Flannery Silva
Laura Ashley Coil, 2019
Suspension spring, pleather, wood, paint 20 x 10 x 10 inches (50.8 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm)
base diameter: 10 inches (25.4 cm)

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Flannery Silva
Scorpion Cornucopia, 2019
Foam, paint, wooden dutch flowers
22 x 12.5 x 12.5 inches (55.9 x 31.7 cm)

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Installation view

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Installation view

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Flannery Silva
Poser Tube Novelty Slipper Lures, 2019
Foam, paint, shark hook, chain, hardware
Each slipper: 36 x 12 x 10.5 inches (91.4 x 30.5 x 26.7 cm) Chain height adjustable
Base: 46.5 x 46.5 x 4.5 inches (118.1 x 118.1 x 11.4 cm)

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Flannery Silva
Poser Tube Novelty Slipper Lures, 2019
Foam, paint, shark hook, chain, hardware
Each slipper: 36 x 12 x 10.5 inches (91.4 x 30.5 x 26.7 cm) Chain height adjustable
Base: 46.5 x 46.5 x 4.5 inches (118.1 x 118.1 x 11.4 cm)

Press Release

Poser Tube Dolls takes its title from an online illustrator named ElisaDesign. Using the Tubes tool on PaintShop Pro and sourcing from various Poser image-rendering databases, Elisa creates surreal vignettes featuring baby-faced women surrounded by haunting props that suggest a sense of innocence lost.

In her first Los Angeles solo exhibition, Silva recreates sculptural mise-en-scène renditions of Elisa’s online purgatory. Three large, elaborate platforms are used as stages to display these uncanny sculptures that merge interpretations of Elisa’s designs with Silva’s own cartoon infatuations: a jumbo half egg covered in the Chevrolet logo; an auto suspension coil dressed in Laura Ashley pleather; a curvy, begging rat girl; and a mash-up scorpion-cornucopia-bouquet.

Adorning each platform are photographs of realistic life-size dolls superimposed onto picturesque settings both urban and rural. The dolls’ choreography references the viral images of Lolita Richi, a Ukrainian model known online as the ‘Real Life Teenage Barbie,’ who often posts pictures of herself in city parks or nature scenes, almost as if the pastoral settings lend a desired authenticity to her plastic look.

Behind the gallery’s large curtain wall hangs a pair of oversized ballet slippers pierced with giant fishing hooks. Their shape resembles novelty fishing lures, bright and phallic devices meant to attract prey. A song titled “Poser Tube Doll Anthem,” written by Silva and composed by Chase Ceglie, plays on loop near these deadly slippers. The song is intentionally fragmented, opening with a suspenseful piano riff that then melts into a country ballad. The yearning, timeless sounds echo throughout the space. Sheet music is available to sing along to the instrumental, as if the room is a karaoke booth: Young, pretty, insatiable. God put me here to accomplish certain things…I’m so far behind. I’ll never die…

Poser Tube Doll t-shirt text designed by Ray Younghans.