Child’s Play: Artist-Parents Blend Work and Home in “Dual Roles”
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Child’s Play: Artist-Parents Blend Work and Home in “Dual Roles”

Not since its exuberant exhibitions of Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO sculptures has Hollywood’s Art and Culture Center looked so decked out for pint-sized patrons. One of the first things you see upon entering the main gallery is an inflatable flamingo pool raft on a pad of AstroTurf, bedecked with pillows and a blanket. Children are welcome to lounge on it while their parents browse the art on the walls and floor, inviting participation and fostering play. That sense of whimsy percolates through other works as well, from Leah Brown’s “Exquisites II (cougar, deer, bobcat),” a sculpture of plush animals crowding the backside of larger one in a communal diorama; to Jen Clay’s “Your Best Friends,” a pink girls’ hideaway and kinetic fantasyland made from mixed media, felt, wire and a working motor that is, perhaps, more Adult Swim than Nickelodeon, but close enough. Jen Clay’s “Your Best Friends” These are a few of the 31 artist-parents comprising “Dual Roles,” a summer exhibition that is unabashedly kid-friendly without sacrificing the Center’s intellectual pedigree. In fact, it makes the point that child-rearing and art-making are anything but separate, and that the former certainly doesn’t hinder the latter. Not all of the works […]

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