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Newbold Bohemia
Widow Maker (Modern Photograph of Sinister 1950's Housewife in Pink Dress)

2012-13

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digital C-print, edition of 10 20 x 30 inches unframed This contemporary c-print pictures a beautiful blonde 1950's housewife in a pretty pink dress surrounded by a well kept abode with turquoise ceramics and wall frames. The classic model of a vintage housewife is seemingly innocent at first glance but under closer inspection she is holding a small silver handgun, taken from a hidden box on the family bookshelf. The juxtaposition of vivid turquoise and pretty pinks puts an ironic twist on the dark nature of the implied narrative. The imagery provided leaves the viewer to wonder what the housewife plans to do with the handgun. Is she plotting to murder her husband upon his return from the office? Is she in the midst of dusting the bookshelf? Is she hiding it from her perfect children? You are the one to decide. About the work: Photography as a medium has a dual character. Since its introduction, artists have used it to produce both art as well as document the world around them. For Chicago artist Newbold Bohemia, photography is a little bit of both: his photo series have documented real life issues, presented in staged, then manipulated images from his imagination. In his playful yet devious new series, “In an Ideal World,” Bohemia visualizes the story of a rebellious 1950s woman in the domestic world. Even the name Newbold Bohemia is a fabrication. The artist’s namesake serves as a reminder to create art dedicated to the pillars of Bohemian society: Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Love. All of these are present in his “In an Ideal World” series, set in a beautiful, idyllic version of the 1950s, where a blonde femme fatale-housewife comes to terms with life’s truths. As he captures her day to day chores, Bohemia comments on the not-so-idyllic reality of gender roles, and his heroine’s oppression and anger.

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  • Dimensions
    H 20 in. x W 30 in. x D 1 in.H 50.8 cm x W 76.2 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    G140118227400
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