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Lankton is a huge inspiration for me as a doll artist and I was really delighted to have the opportunity to see the retrospective this month at Participant Gallery.

Her life is just as fascinating as her work and I so appreciated that the curators reflected the importance of both in the exhibition. The center of the gallery held the collection of doll work in acrylic cases so you could examine them from every possible angle (thank you curators!!!). Surrounding the work were gorgeous fashion photos of Lankton – the way she wants us to see her, combined with horrific and very intimate sketchbook tear sheets about the process of sexual reassignment surgery, and 2 small video installations: one hilariously frivolous, the other incredibly dark and imbued with a heavy political sentiment.

My favorite touch were the curio cabinets that lined the back walls, filled with mementos from her life.

Resources:
participantinc.org
Greer Lankton Wiki
New York Times review of the show

Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is the best harvest time for me. I am no cook and do not know what to do with a bird carcass when it involves eating. However, I can turn that entire carcass into a work of art.

Had the pleasure of a Friendsgiving this year and reaped the benefits.

If anyone has any bones left from Thanksgiving – I want them.

And yes. I have a Fight Club fridge.

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Krampus Gifts

You really need a Krampus plushie, hand made by friends in the dark and cold Northeast, to further dampen your holiday spirits and scare children.

$25

The perfect gift for your favorite metal head.

Buy It Now>>

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I am obsessed.

“Local artist and doll-maker Beth Robinson is co-curator of The Art of Horror, a juried show at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery on Pine Street in Burlington. She came to the VPR studios to help define the “dark art” genre, what to expect at the Art of Horror exhibit and about her own Strange Dolls.

The exhibit kicks off with an opening reception on Friday, October 3rd at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery on Pine Street in Burlington’s South End.

Broadcast on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 4:50 p.m.”

SPACE Gallery is located at 266 Pine Street in Burlington, Vermont. You are welcome to come in to see the show Wednesday through Saturday from 12 – 5pm throughout the month of October.

LISTEN HERE>>

Co-Curator, Sarah Vogelsang-Card and I, spent an exhaustive day hanging the 2014 Art of Horror exhibit. We are so excited about the opening on Friday, we can’t wait for everyone to see the amazing dark artistry that courses through the veins of Vermont artists.

This photo is where my sculpture USED to hang in my studio. It is now finished and on the gallery wall. When you meet her, notice her smell. Her scent is overturned earth and dead flowers.

Hope to see you all Friday from 5 – 11pm for an incredible explosion of dark art, performance, fire, metal… and tacos…. called The Art of Horror!

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Art of Horror 2014

Every year I curate a group show called the Art of Horror. And every year it grows larger and more amazing because of the people that want to get involved.

Because of all the spinning plates, I can’t always get my own work done for the show. But this year is an exception. And an important one. I have been working on this girl for months. She is huge for me. Physically, emotionally. This is where she started from>>

The Art of Horror opening is October 3 from 5 – 11pm at the SODA PLANT. Full details below….

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The Art of Horror, A Juried Group Show

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery and Soda Plant Hallways
266 Pine Street
Burlington, VT

Opening reception: Friday, October 3, 2014 from 5 – 11pm
Exhibit Duration: October 3 – 25, 2014
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sat, 12 – 5pm

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery and Soda Plant are pleased to present a juried group show for Halloween. Guest curators, Sarah Vogelsang-Card and Beth Robinson, have chosen work that best defines the “art of horror.” Works in the exhibit will represent the beautiful side of decay, the finer points of blood letting, and that special something inside a depraved mind.

You are invited to kick off the Halloween season at our opening reception on October 3 from 5 – 11pm. Costuming is highly encouraged. For one night only, indulge your senses with bloody burlesque, fire dancing goddesses, spirit conjuring performance art from Shakti Tribal Dance, Dread Shaman Manic Dan, Graveyard Girls, and Merrique Hysteric, Aeshna Mairead Dance.

Top off the night (from 9 – 11pm) with brooding metal from local favorites, Cruciferion and Vultures of Cult, performing in The Backspace. Visual noise provided by The Retinal Exploitation Cooperative.

Suggested donation: $5 at the door. This event is not recommended for children but is open to the general public.

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