For one-night only, Beau Dunn debuts PLASTIC, her first Los Angeles show.
On November 17, Beau Dunn debuted PLASTIC, a one-night only solo show at De Re Gallery. The exhibition also marked the first Los Angeles show for Dunn. Dunn’s aesthetic is recognized for explorations into materialism, consumerism and childhood innocence. Her pieces range from thought-provoking sculpture to paintings to photography.
Artist Beau Dunn with Joy Donnell at the one-night solo exhibition of PLASTIC at De Re Gallery. Photo JORDAN SWAIN/VANICHI
The evening featured first looks at works from her Barbie, Size Does Matter and Next Generation series.
· Barbie: A popular children’s toy, an icon of childhood innocence, is now seen as a stereotypical representation of what society wants. Feminists believe her flawless face and body proportions are unrealistic, unattainable, and unhealthy representations of the female form. Plastic, reflects society’s obsession with beauty, age, and fame – a tribute to the Barbies of Beverly Hills.
· Next Generation: With “Need $$$ 4 boob job” and “Need $$ 4 botox” pieces, this collection highlights high-end items rather than our basic survival items of food, water and shelter.
· Size Does Matter: American masculinity is currently being redefined. Size does matter represents societal pressures imposed upon modern day men. Masculinity is now measured financially, materially and of course sexually. Don’t be fooled, Size does matter, and if she tells you it doesn’t; she’s lying.
Most recently, Dunn’s work is on display in Kris Jenner’s closet. Dunn collaborated with Kris on a ‘Need Money For Birkin’ piece for her walk-in closet that features multiple shelves of Hermès’ Birkin bags.