THE NOT-SO ENCHANTED FOREST
These days when people talk about fairy tales, they tend to be referencing unrealistic, magical-thinking, pie-inthe-sky fictions in which everything works out for the very pretty, sparkly best. But the origins of otherworldly folkloric memes like Snow White, Cinderella and Hansel & Gretel are much murkier, violent affairs. Camille Rose Garcia: Snow White and the Black Lagoon, opening tonight at Michael Kohn Gallery, offers the latter sort of vision. In the spirit of the Brothers Grimm, Garcia offers up an adult-themed allegory of greed, environmental devastation and psychological masking. A kaleidoscope of visual styles from the raw and rent to the breathlessly delicate depict a mash-up of old and new variations on the Snow White story, tracing society’s skill at concealing the true depths of its selfish depravity behind glossy, Technicolor fantasies. Garcia’s bloody, glitter-coated and oil-drenched princesses and hapless, pint-sized dwarf-drones appear in a variety of metaphorical forms that both tap into and explode the version of the story you remember from childhood. The better to see yourselves in, my dears.
By Shana Nys Dambrot