Bayonne art gallery The Dollhaus II is presenting more than 30 collage works by multi-disciplinary artist, model, writer, and rapper Maidenfed. It’s the second solo exhibit for the up-and-coming artist.
The Dollhaus II is at 23 Cottage Street, open from Thursday to Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m.
Maidenfed’s works are from 2020 with a majority created in quarantine. The exhibition runs from Oct. 16 through Nov. 15.
She will open her show by performing a few raps from among her large body of collage works. Maidenfed will release her first rap music video for the song “++CURSE OF THE NURSE++” on Hallows Eve.
From Brooklyn to Bayonne
Maidenfed, a Brooklyn-based artist, has been collaging and writing for about ten years and modeling and photographing for a few years. She has primarily done nude, fetish, and alternative modeling, collaborating with many photographers and designers who refer to her as an artist breaking into the mainstream.
According to The Dollhaus II, she is creative, inventive, and extremely prolific and has an amazing sense of humor that shows up in her work.
Maidenfed’s collages illustrate “disturbing yet beautifully composed” self-portraits. Her strong and intriguing display of self portraits has many levels to it, according to The Dollhaus II.
“I’m inspired by creating imagery I’ve never seen before, and by needing to stay busy and productive to be a sane human being,” Maidenfed said.
Her work draws inspiration from Claude Cahun, Hannah Hoch, and Barabara Kruger. As a feminist, Maidenfed is defining radical punk feminist photomontage collage, according to The Dollhaus II.
Her collages, featuring text, mass media, and unique images, reflect popular culture and a historic documentation of the strange and alluring. Maidenfed illustrates her hedonistic vision of the fast-paced, social-media-driven world through her work.
Maidenfed’s collages show a dystopian, confusing, and unworldly but familiar place, and she is right in the middle of it. Maidenfed has created visual landscapes where she documents what others are too afraid to convey, according to The Dollhaus II.
“It’s honest; it’s great; we love it. We’re also a little scared,” The Dollhaus II said in a press release. “We find her work extremely strong, the very definition of the new feminist, female-owned and … can we say conquered?”
Temperatures will be taken outside with a no-contact hand-held thermometer. If visitors have elevated temperatures, they will not be allowed in.
Visitors must wear masks. The gallery has The Dollhaus II masks for sale and will have disposable masks for those who do not bring a mask. The gallery has inside booties for guests to wear while inside.
Hand sanitizer and cold drinks will be available for self-service.
There will be a social distance pathway to follow in and out of the gallery. Only five people will be allowed at a time. Each person gets ten minutes inside the gallery.
There will be seating outside, and the windows will be cleared for peaking in 24 hours a day, so the artworks to be seen from the street. Residents are asked to keep six feet apart while outside.
For more information, go to www.xdollhausx.com.
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