The Plastic Religion…again

Pool and Marianela are back! This time they have approval from the Pope and Mattel. I’d call it blasphemy but I don’t consider the Vatican or Roman Catholic Church anything near being true Christianity, let alone apostate Christianity. Paganism and a hodge podge of mystery religions at the very least.

Past shows have faced staunch criticism and controversy from right-wing factions who have applied their own agendas onto the artwork, but simultaneously this work has found acceptance from Pope Francis (who owns one of the couple’s loose Barbie figures), Mattel (the makers of Barbie), and the Palais du Louvre (which displayed four of Pool y Marianela’s boxed Barbie & Ken dolls in their museum of decorative arts). This current presentation at Gallery 30 South features some of the same striking pieces that were featured at the Louvre, and they’ve produced new unique versions of pieces both owned and beloved by the Pope.Link

But criticism is in the eye of the beholder and the duo count The Holy See among the owners of their work. “This exhibition, like all our work, focuses on the boundary between satire and homage,” says Pool, who speaks on behalf of both. “We move in duality; we are neither good nor evil.”

Go to the link above to see pictures.

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