The artwork of Laurie Langford- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video

Guys & Dolls

April 8 - May 2, 2009
ARTspace
Chatham, Ontario

Exhibition

Believed He Had A Chance - 2009
Believed He Had A Chance - 2009

8"h x 10"w photo-based transfer print with newspaper headline. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video

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Nevermore  - 2009
Nevermore - 2009

21"h x 22"w collage over photo-based transfer print. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video

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Where You'd Least Expect It - 2009
Where You'd Least Expect It - 2009

8"h x 10"w photo-based transfer print with newspaper headline. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video

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We Went Kablooey -  2009
We Went Kablooey - 2009

8"h x 10"w photo-based transfer print with newspaper headline. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video

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Swimming in Plastic -  2009
Swimming in Plastic - 2009

10"h x 11"w photo-based transfer print. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video

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Stimulus Package Overestimated- 2009
Stimulus Package Overestimated- 2009

9"h x 11"w photo-based transfer print with newspaper headline. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video

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Prepare for a Rough Ride -  2009
Prepare for a Rough Ride - 2009

9"h x 11"w photo-based transfer print with newspaper headline. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video

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Muffy and Her  - 2009
Muffy and Her - 2009

6.5"h x 8"w photo-based transfer print The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video

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Best to Just Keep Walking - 2009
Best to Just Keep Walking - 2009

9"h x 11"w collage over photo-based print. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video.

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3-Faced -  2009
3-Faced - 2009

9"h x 11"w photo-based transfer print. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video.

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Burn Baby Burn (eyes) -  2009
Burn Baby Burn (eyes) - 2009

9"h x 12"w collage over photo-based transfer print. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video.

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Adventures in Growing Up - 2009
Adventures in Growing Up - 2009

23"h x 30"w framed collage over photo-based transfer print. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video.

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Cruising in One of the Big Boys 2009
Cruising in One of the Big Boys 2009

23"h x 30"w framed collage over photo-based transfer print. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video.

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Flexing with the Foliage 2009
Flexing with the Foliage 2009

8.5"h x 10"w photo-based transfer print. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video.

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By the Seashore
By the Seashore

10"h x 11"w photo-based transfer print. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video.

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Hopes to Turn Heads 2009
Hopes to Turn Heads 2009

6.5"h x 6.5"w photo-based transfer print with newspaper headline. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video.

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Forgiveness - 2008
Forgiveness - 2008

22.5"h x 26.5"w x 5"d assemblage shadowbox The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video.

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Enchantment  -  2009
Enchantment - 2009

33"w x 23"h x 4"d assemblage shadowbox. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video.

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Guys & Dolls installation 2009
Guys & Dolls installation 2009

Installation photo of the ARTspace exhibition wall, featuring Guys & Dolls. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video.

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ARTspace window display
ARTspace window display

Part of the ARTspace window display, which I created for my exhibition, Guys & Dolls. 4' x 6', photograph mounted on Gatorboard. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video.

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Prime Rib Barbie
Prime Rib Barbie

part of the Guys & Dolls window display at ARTspace. The artwork of Laurie Langford artist- shadowboxes, printmaking, assemblage, photography, collage, installations, video.

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Press

"Interesting Portrayal of Barbie and Ken"

Guys & Dolls: Laurie Langford

by Ellwood Shreve

Chatham Daily News

March 2009

 

Learning printmaking has helped Laurie Langford get her artistic groove back and now she's ready to show it off.

A solo exhibition of the Chatham woman's works of print, collage on prints and photographic images of action figure dolls, titled Guys & Dolls,

will be featured at ARTspace from April 8 to May 2.

 

Langford said in the past, her artwork consisted mainly of three-dimensional collages in shadow boxes, "but I kind of hit the wall."

She said Carl Lavoy, director/ curator of the Thames Art Gallery, suggested she take a printmaking class in order to try something different.

"Wow, I loved it," Langford said. "It was just fun being in that environment with other artists."

She has since completed two new-style shadow boxes that will be featured in the exhibit.

"I think they're the best ones I've done," she said. "I got out of a rut."

The printmaking class she took at the Thames Art Gallery inspired the Guys & Dolls exhibition.

"I suddenly had this idea of photographing Barbie and Kentype dolls as stereotypes and turning those images into art prints," she said.

Like many other girls, Langford played with Barbie-type dolls.

"Except, what I did with my Barbies is I posed them and I would take pictures," she said.

She uses headlines from The Globe and Mail newspaper and works them into her prints in an out-of-context manner to add some humour to her work.

"That combination appeals to me: art that isn't too serious but makes you think," Langford said.

Her humour is also reflected in about a dozen "disassembled icons featuring Barbie-type fashion dolls" that will be featured in the display window at ARTspace. Langford marries pieces of dolls with everyday items, such as a can of soup, to make statements on society.

The image of an unrealistically proportioned Barbie is something young women have tried to achieve for the past 50 years. However, Langford said if a real person was portioned like that, she would probably fall over.

She first publicly displayed one of her shadow boxes when her submission to the 2006 Eye for Art exhibition was accepted.

She was surprised her work sold during the opening night of the event, which highlights the works of local artists.

"Once that happened to me, I felt I was on to something," she added, noting there was an appeal to the original type of art she had created.

 

       -Ellwood Shreve

 

Ellwood Shreve is an award-winning journalist who has worked at The Chatham Daily News for almost two decades.

He currently covers the education beat along with other general assignments.