Monday, November 17, 2008

Silent Sellers On Display

Just in time for the biggest shopping day of the year, picture windows in downtown Indianapolis will feature satirical art rather than retail merchandise.

“Silent Sellers” created by artist Jodie Hardy feature a mannequin wearing a dress made of yellow caution tape. The collection includes 100 dolls dressed in caution tape dresses and a highly stylized photo spread.

According to the Indianapolis-based artist, the installations are a commentary on the fashion industry’s use of photography and visual merchandising to seduce passersby and the physical and emotional pressures those fashions place on women.

The three public art installations are in the windows of Chase Tower, the city’s tallest building, on north Pennsylvania Avenue. It will be on display until May 2009.

“Behind the Windows,” a Web-based video featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with the artist and model, is available here.

The picture windows project is a program developed by the Arts Council of Indianapolis designed to contribute to the vitality of downtown Indianapolis while exposing visitors and citizens to the diverse work of local artists. The privately-funded project was made possible by the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission through the financial support of Lilly Endowment, Inc.

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