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General News · 8th July 2016
Richard Trueman
Laura Balducci’s show/installation has muscle. I’ve always enjoyed her work, humorous, playful, and engaging, but this presentation shows us organization, cooperation, her multi-talents, and nostalgia, while maintaining her playful and engaging strengths.

Why the Wall? “it was during my younger formative years where the awesomeness of that icon penetrated my thoughts.... the music from that time period.... the beginnings of goth” and “ imagine your husband goes off to work that day and never comes back”

In her hand-out sheet she states, “That Wall and The Other Side: the wall side represents my interpretation of the graffiti art that graced the West Side.... and made it so famous, the other side represents the people I imagined trapped behind the wall. To reinforce the feeling of being trapped, each doll is behind a metal cage.” 13 pieces are in a cage on a pedestal thanks to the wonderful welding skills of Isabelle Perry of thatsawsome.ca

To reinforce the mood Laura collaborated with musicians Craig Vishek, Cameron Twyford, Del Riveria, and Tom Dowding to create a sound track representing each of the thirteen dolls and it is played continuously.

From the many recycled materials in this show the graffiti paintings were done on old drawer bottoms, “not a beautiful canvass to paint on.... but turning out a lot like that big cement wall”

This is a thoughtful enjoyable show. (A question for you. Why do you think every doll also has a view master disk in its cage?)

Please see it this Sunday 2-6 and next Friday July 15th, 6-9 PM; Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, 2-6 PM