NEW YORK—Suspended above a splash of sawdust, adorned with fringe and wearing cowboy boots, the bulbous inflatables at Betty Cunningham Gallery are a definitively Western-themed sight, but the concept behind the festive installation by Nancy Davidson requires some explaining.
According to the gallery, “Nancy Davidson’s ‘Dustup’ offers a humorous, absurdist critique of the American cowgirl as a spectacle to admire, a tall tale fantasy of western legend. Like enormous puppets, the Dustup inflatables, suspended in midair, measuring 21 x 16 x 16 feet, combine playfulness and grandeur with a rodeo spirit. Davidson draws attention to the overblown, using satire to expand on the American fascination with the overly large, the ‘super sized.’”
“Dustup” is on view from Sept. 6 to Oct. 6, 2012.
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