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The Fridge Presents: Laura Elkins’ Homage to Michelle

Image courtesy of the Fridge

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Opening Reception: Saturday, January 12 from  6 – 8pm

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On view through February 9, 2013.

In a nod to the upcoming inauguration, The Fridge opens Laura Elkins’ Homage to Michelle in The Mini-Fridge, the newly opened space at the gallery. The artist will show a retrospective of works inspired by Michelle Obama during the first administration. The artworks included showcase different series’ from Laura’s larger body of work The White House Collection wherein the artist paints herself as first ladies. Her work addresses larger social and cultural issues, including current events. For Homage to Michelle, selections of Laura painted as Michelle Obama will be on view.

Elkins uses First Lady imagery to create self-portraits that are at once deeply personal and also inherently historical and political. Elkins’ work addresses larger social and cultural issues, including current events, while maintaining the everywoman quality of a self-portrait.

The artist draws upon the mythical narrative that each First Lady is the personification of flawless taste and grace as well as a humble servant to the people. Elkins pairs conservative style choices with provocative imagery to reexamine the American perception of the qualities that the First Lady, and by extension, all women, should possess. Her artwork presents a radically new understanding of how private identity is masked to create a socially acceptable and politically correct public personality. This will be Elkins’ third solo exhibition with the gallery.

Gallery hours are as follows:

  • Thursday – Saturday: 12pm–8pm
  • Sunday: 1pm–5pm
  • The Fridge will be open on Inauguration Day, Monday, January 21, 10am – 6pm

The Fridge is located 516 1/2 8th Street SE off Barracks Row.  For more information visit the gallery online at www.thefridgedc.com

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