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  • Appreciation: Robin Barcus-Slonina and “States of Dress”
    by mallen | March 3rd, 2011 |

         'Willow Creek Dress,' Wyoming

    (Eds. note: Interstitial March continues as guest blogger Ashly Nagrant of Buzznet.com provides an appreciation of multidisciplinary artist Robin Barcus-Slonina, who crosses photography, sculpture, fashion and performance in beautiful and startling ways. All images are courtesy of Barcus-Slonina’s blog, “States of Dress.”)

    I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t really get fashion-as-a-trend. I tried, for awhile, but it just left me confused (wait, who exactly got to decide that eggplant is the new neutral this year?) or frustrated (“Military style is back in this year?” You’ve been saying that for the past five years!). Eventually I gave up and decided that I was going to wear what looked good, felt good and fashion magazines could kiss my…well, you get the idea.

    But fashion as art? That’s another story.

    Enter Robin Barcus-Slonina. She’s described via her website as “a multidisciplinary artist who concentrates on site-specific sculpture and performance art.” Even better, her bio states, “Much of her work is interactive, inviting the viewer to experience the art rather than simple observe it.” It also states that one of the issues she deals with in her art is “the creative process itself.”

    'Prairie Dress,' Iowa

         'Prairie Dress,' Iowa

    Robin’s current project definitely draws on all of that. Called “States of Dress,” the project is an amazing example of interstitial art. Robin is making dresses that are actually site-specific sculptures, one representing each of the 50 states in the US. She then models the dresses and has photos taken of them. She is also blogging about the process and a documentary film is being made about the project. To say that the project is difficult to categorize is an understatement.

    The more I researched and read about this project, the more my mind buzzed with thoughts and questions, to the point that my brain started to resemble a list of “discussion questions” for an art class. But the biggest question remained “When exactly does this become art?”

        'Pinecone Dress,' Maine (photo by Colette Fu)

    Is it art when Robin completes the sculpture? Is it art when she puts it on? Is it art when she poses for the photos? Is it art when the photos are edited? Is it art once the photos are online for the world to see? Or will it not really be art until all 50 dresses are finished, the photos are online and the documentary has been released?

    Or is it art the whole time?

    Even better: the art is easily accessible. While I might never get to see Robin’s sculptures close up, the fact that the photos are a part of the art means that, when I visit her blog and look at them, I’m not seeing a facsimile of the art, I’m seeing the art itself. It’s embracing of new technology…while at the same time many of the sculptures are made of very natural materials (grass, corn, pinecones), so at times it’s a melding of nature and technology.

    I’m still not about to be declared a fashion guru at any point in the near future, but whatever, who gets to decide that anyhow? I say art is back in fashion for this spring, but then again, I’d like to believe it’s something that never went out of style.

    If you’d like to check out more of Robin’s work, you can visit her homepage at http://www.robinbarcus.com/. Her “States of Dress” blog can be found at http://stateofdress.blogspot.com/.


    Author bio:
    Ashly Nagrant is a strange chimera-like combination of angry feminist, arts supporter and pop culture junkie. Her writing and photography have been featured on Buzznet.com and DOOM! Magazine. She is also the editor-in-chief and primary contributor to The Riot Magazine. Her work has also appeared in Pop Damage and Twoday Magazine. She is also responsible for The Very Worst Ghost, but will likely deny that if required to testify in front of a court of law. She currently lives and riots in Pittsburgh, PA.

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    One Response to “Appreciation: Robin Barcus-Slonina and “States of Dress””

    1. Deborah Atherton Says:

      The site-specific dresses on the artist’s web site are phenomenal–they do evoke images of Mother Nature – or maybe Demeter – wearing the earth, and not just walking on it. I’ve never seen anything like them. Thank you, Ashly, for blogging about them!

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