The Love Doll: Days 1-30
Feb 15 – Mar 26
In the fall of 2009, Simmons ordered a customized, high end Love Doll from Japan. The doll, designed as a surrogate sex partner, arrived in a crate, clothed in a transparent slip and accompanied by a separate box containing an engagement ring and female genitalia. Simmons began to document her photographic relationship with this human scale ‘girl’. The resulting photographs depict the lifelike, latex doll in an ongoing series of ‘actions’, shown and titled chronologically from the day Simmons received the doll, through to the present.
The photos reveal the relationship Simmons develops with her model. The first days depict a somewhat formal and shy series of poses with an ever increasing familiarity and comfort level unveiled as time passes. A second doll arrived one year later. This new character, and the interaction between the two, reveal yet another dynamic in composition – both formally and psychologically.
The Love Doll Day 31 (Geisha), 2011
In search of a stage for her Love Doll, Simmons turned to her own home, transforming it into an artfully staged, color coordinated, oversized dollhouse. The Love Doll series is not only a reminder of Simmons’ past examinations of the dollhouse, but also engages with adult fantasies and fetishes, infused with an even more potent sense of desire and regret.
The Love Doll Day 11 (Yellow) 2010
Widely known for her work with human surrogates (dolls, puppets, cut outs, etc), this body of work is Simmons first attempt to portray a life-sized non-human subject. A central figure in the Pictures generation, artists who came to prominence in the late Seventies and early Eighties, Simmons’ work has been featured in major international museums and collections for over three decades. Her Objects on Legs remain iconic photographs from this time.
The Love Doll Day 25 (The Jump) Fuji Matte print, 2010
Other works by Laurie Simmons
EARLY BLACK & WHITE 1976 – 1978
Woman Purple Dress Kitchen, 1978
EARLY COLOR INTERIORS 1978 – 1979
Woman Opening Refrigerator Milk to the Right, 1979
WALKING & LYING OBJECTS 1987 – 1991
Magnum Opus II (The Bye-Bye) 1991
Walking House (Color) 1989
Walking Gun, 1991
Walking Cake II (Color) 1989
THE INSTANT DECORATOR 2001 – 2004
The Instant Decorator (Pink and Green Bedroom_ Slumber Party Really Crowded), 2004
The Instant Decorator (Plaid Living Room) 2004