The Love Doll: Days 1-30
Feb 15 – Mar 26
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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.


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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.

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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.

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The Love Doll Day 25 (The Jump) Fuji Matte print, 2010

Other works by Laurie Simmons

EARLY BLACK & WHITE 1976 – 1978

WomanPurple
Woman Purple Dress Kitchen, 1978

EARLY COLOR INTERIORS 1978 – 1979

WomanOpening
Woman Opening Refrigerator Milk to the Right, 1979

WALKING & LYING OBJECTS 1987 – 1991

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Magnum Opus II (The Bye-Bye) 1991

WalkingHouse
Walking House (Color) 1989

WalkingGun
Walking Gun, 1991

WalkingCakeI
Walking Cake II (Color) 1989

THE INSTANT DECORATOR 2001 – 2004

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The Instant Decorator (Pink and Green Bedroom_ Slumber Party Really Crowded), 2004

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The Instant Decorator (Plaid Living Room) 2004

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