(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.

23 March 2011

Lovely Lady Long Necks: A Solo Exhibition of Ariane Zager

Curated by Frankie Velez
Corridor Project Space
334 Grand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
Opening Reception
Sunday, March 27th from 4-6 pm

The Lovely Lady Long Necks communicate Arianne Zager's interpretation of the struggles that women around the world experience when conceptualizing beauty.

Arianne has observed multiple cultures and the beautification rituals performed to make individuals perceive external physical beauty. For some it means irreverence, for others it's the critical end result outweighing dangerous consequences including possible death. True beauty, shaped by surrounding cultures, is in the eye of the beholder.

The elongated necks in The Lovely Lady Long Necks are specifically inspired by the Kayan and Karen tribes of Burma. To many people around the globe this ritual is foreign, strange, and appears painful. To these women it symbolizes poise, wisdom, and strength. The act of elongating the neck symbolizes women's tenacity to beauty, fashion, and daily life.

Each lady's serenity communicates a self-awareness of individual confidence. She becomes the epitome of confidence and grace. Each Lovely Lady Long Neck is adorned with individualized ornamentation and relate to each other as sisters. These portraits have been created from a race-neutral perspective to remind us of the common ground we all share.

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