Life-Sized Nutcrackers by Jennifer RubellJuxtapoz // Thursday, 10 May 2012
One of the highlights of the Frieze Art Fair in NYC last week was definitely Jennifer Rubell's "Life-Sized Nutcracker," which I was convinced was just for show until you actually saw that indeed, it was a working, Barbie looking life-sized nutcracker. Rubell had displayed the nutcrackers at the Dallas Contemporary in late 2011, but a nice bit of Frieze press has made these explode.
From Rubell's site: "Each prefabricated female mannequin is mounted on her side in an odalisque position and has been retooled to function as a nutcracker. Visitors interact with each sculpture by placing a pecan in the mannequin’s inner thigh, then pushing down the upper leg to crack open the nut so they may eat it in the gallery. Inspired by nutcrackers depicting female figures - and in particular one found on the internet of Hillary Clinton - these interactive sculptures embody the two polar stereotypes of female power: the idealized, sexualized nude female form; and the too-powerful, nut-busting überwoman. The work also serves as a prompt to action, encouraging the viewer to transgress the traditional viewer-artwork boundary and complete the work by participating in it." (via)