As her main medium, Los Angeles-based bad girl Kim Dingle has chosen American history. Sometimes irreverent, sometimes bizarre, but never without humor, Dingle’s paintings, sculptures and installations feature political and Hollywood figures — John Wayne, Abraham Lincoln, Jimmy Carter and Ed Sullivan — synonymous with America. Whether its Cowboys and Indians or The Union versus the Confederacy, this country was forged in fits of violence. Dingle’s most recent work revisits the American West, populating it with a group of rambunctious Victorian girls charged with frontier violence. Two of this ill tempered pre-pubescent pack, refered to as the Prisses, have taken on life-like doll form. Fists clenched, tatooed and made angry by their status as the unlikely agents of history, the Prisses are poised to give Chuckie a run for his money.
Curated by Marilu Knode, this exhibition is the first presentation of Dingle’s work in the midwest and will feature paintings, sculpture and an installation. It comes to The Society from Otis Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles.