Dina Goldstein + Splash
In her Modern Girl series, artist Dina Goldstein continues to explore questions of identity. ‘Inspired by Chinese tradition and the evolution of international commercialism, Dina re-imagines the adored and iconic advertising posters of 1930’s China….However, while an expression of gender emancipation, the posters sowed the seeds of a new form of exploitation: the use of the female form to sell consumer products.’
The award-winning Goldstein – a photographer and Pop Surrealist – was born in Tel Aviv and lives in East Vancouver. She worked as a magazine photographer and photojournalist before switching to a full-time career as an artist. In celebrated series like Fallen Princesses and In The Dollhouse, she uses satire and arresting technique to consider issues from the myth of ‘happily ever after’ to consumerism, beauty versus authenticity, relevance and individuality.
Here, Goldstein offers a glimpse into the creation of the Modern Girl series.
Goldstein has donated a piece from the Modern Girl Series – Fresh Air Corp, 2016, pictured in our header – to Splash, the annual fundraising event for Arts Umbrella.
Now in its 35th year, Splash helps raise funds for this not-for-profit arts education centre for children from ages 2 to 19. Arts Umbrella is known for its high quality training in areas from visual arts to dance, theatre & music, visual, applied and media arts. Renowned artists from across the city and beyond donate their work to this well-regarded organization started in 1979 by Carol Henriquez and Gloria Schwartz and now headed by Paul Larocque.
Splash takes place the evening of October 14th. ~100 artists have donated their work to be auctioned off in the Live and Silent Auctions. You can preview the work at the Pendulum Gallery at 885 West Georgia Street until September 29th. Here are a few of the pieces you will see..
Andy Dixon. Bacchus, 2016 | Expensive Statue (Yellow, Green, Pink, Teal), 2016
James Lahey. April 10, 18:09:31 (Pacific Ocean, La Jolla, CA), 2001
Gabryel Harrison. Blood of Flowers. 2016
Marie Khouri. You are Here “Arts Umbrella”. 2017
Ben Skinner. Something Special. 2015
Jeff Wilson. You are now in Chinatown. 2016
Katsumi Kimoto. Pareidolia 01/16. 2016
By Elizabeth Newton