Marina Marchand opens solo exhibition at the Dollhaus II

The artist's work will be on display at 23 Cottage Street until the end of February

A piece by Marina Marchand among those that will be featured at the exhibition at The Dollhaus II
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A piece by Marina Marchand among those that will be featured at the exhibition at The Dollhaus II

Titled “Les Portraits Pop Trois!,” Marchand’s show, which exhibits more than 40 new paintings, will run through Feb. 28.

According to the Dollhaus II, her works are fun, energetic with brightly bold graphic realism and bursts of color incorporating familiar design patterns of “known timeless mysticism” and occult like themes.

“A comic-like sense of drawing ability, accuracy and knowledge transformed into her individual portraits of a wide range of people who inspire her and who she draws inspiration from,” the Dollhaus II said in a press release.

Her pop portraits are full of punk culture and iconic pop and fashion personalities. The acrylic paintings are influenced by the classic Golden and Silver Age comics, featuring simple lines, bold colors, and fantastic worlds.

Artists, animation, movies, music

She’s also influenced by classic animation from the 1930s to the 1960s. They include backgrounds of the animated Spider-Man series, particularly the Ralph Bakshi-directed second and third seasons that feature jazzy and psychedelic backgrounds and music.

Marchand’s work calls to mind artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Guy Peellaery, Lupe Vasconcelos, Marjorie Cameron, and E.C. Horror comics.

Music touchstones include 1950s and 1960s rockabilly and garage rock, 1970s punk rock, 1960s French yé-yé pop, old school goth and deathrock, 1940s swing, and old school hardcore punk.

Film influences include classic horror movies and posters, cult filmmakers like John Waters, Universal Horror, American International Pictures horror films, giallo films and Hammer Horror.

Marchand, an intersectional feminist, is active in transgender advocacy.

This is her second solo exhibition at the Dollhaus II, which is at 23 Cottage Street, open Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.xdollhausx.com.

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