Images from Disney films and Disney Parks have inspired artists for years. In the latest surge of inspiration, Chicago based artist Nicole Gordon has one element that repeats throughout her work and that’s a teacup, reminiscent of the Walt Disney Mad Hatter Tea Cups ride. In Gordon’s new exhibit “Dehydrated Rainbow,” on view at Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery from July 15 through August 12, the teacups are featured in a number of pieces.
Gordon’s paintings lean on the whimsical and somewhat grim, an expression of beauty met with the horrors of real world change and transformation. The artist describes her work as a combination of fantasy with darker truths: her use of bright colors and out of place objects create an imaginative view of reality. “The spinning teacup ride is something so joyful and so innocent, but also so terrifying and sickening,” Gordon says. “I think it is something most people can relate to visually.”
For “Dehydrated Rainbow,” Gordon selects amusement parks and rides (many of which are now abandoned), meshed with pop-culture iconography as her subjects. The exhibition features 15 new oil paintings and a special, interactive installation inspired by the series. Populated with ghost-like children, these dramatic, vibrant landscapes draw from our innocent childhood experiences and something more sinister. Children are painted in black-and-white to suggest this world is a dreamscape, rather than reality.
What do you think of this artistic take on a Disney Parks classic attraction? Let me know in the comments.
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