Allie Pohl's IDEAL WOMAN on Display Beginning Today at Black Book Gallery
Miami, FL (November 24, 2014) - Today, December 2, through the 7th, Black Book Gallery will present an installation by conceptual artist Allie Pohl at SCOPE Miami Beach. Featuring life-size sculptures of Pohl's signature Ideal Woman series, the installation will be on view at booth F07. Addressing the social constructs of perfection and the demands made on a woman's body, Pohl's installation shows how these conceptions can be represented by trends in pubic hair.
Pohl created the Ideal Woman by digitally enhancing Barbie to fit Western society's ideal female measurements of 36-24-36. The Designer Ideal Woman series is finished in layers of glitter, referencing youth, glamour, and the notion of "never letting go of your sparkle." The sculptures have touchable muffs which show the evolution of the bikini line-or the evolving trend of shrinking pubic hair-influenced by the infiltration of porn culture and the increased demand for hairless vaginas. Each work in Designer Ideal Woman is installed on mirror pedestals, allowing the viewer to easily see the inhuman underside of the Ideal Woman. The pieces and corresponding bushes are determined by the color wheel. 'All natural' is displayed in primary colors, 'some trimming and maintenance' is displayed in secondary colors, the 'landing strip' in tertiary colors, and 'completely bare' is displayed in colors not included on the color wheel. Black Book Gallery also will feature a pop-up shop of Pohl's Ideal Woman jewelry line, which the artist created in an effort to continue the 'anti-perfection' conversation outside of galleries and museums. Pohl's Ideal Woman jewelry has been seen on Lena Dunham, Sophia Bush, Rosario Dawson, Kate Mara, Jill Soloway, and Zosia Mamet; featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Purple Diary, and Hello Giggles; and carried by the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles.
ABOUT ALLIE POHL
Allie Pohl is a Los Angeles-based conceptual artist whose work explores the social and cultural constructions of contemporary Western society. Pohl's Ideal Woman symbolizes anti-perfection and is repeated throughout Pohl's work in sculpture, video, ceramic, installation, and neon. In her latest series entitled Peacocking, Pohl turns her attention to the opposite sex and examines how contemporary men market themselves to women on popular dating apps, such as Tinder, while also dissecting male mannequins to highlight how society's conception of the ideal male form has transformed over the decades. Selections from the Pohl's Hot Seat series will be featured in The Committee + AKArt's upcoming exhibition The Photography Show, December 11-20 at site/109 in NYC.
Pohl's unique aesthetic has been widely exhibited with features in the Orlando Museum of Art, Context Miami, Dallas Art Fair, and a public sculpture show curated by Olga Viso, in which she won the People's Choice Award. She is also in collections with Julian Opie, Nick Cave, Marilyn Minter, and Damien Hirst. Pohl received a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College before attending Parsons, The New School for Design, in New York City, where she received an Associates of Applied Science in Graphic Design. She then went on to receive her MFA in Electronic Media Arts & Design from the University of Denver.