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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Art Show At The O.K. Corral


The Cardboard Cobbler strikes again, and this time she traded in her California surf wares for what looks like some relics from the O.K. Corral. Last year at this time (November 5 to be exact), Phranc debuted her exhibit entitled Phranc & Co. Out West General Store at the Autry Museum. The exhibit, the “a store within a store,”  included cardboard versions of traditional items that were common in a Western general store like barrels and sacks of flour alongside touristy gift shop items like belts and sheriff badges. The exhibit was part of Out West at the Autry, which sought to shed light on the history and culture of the Western LGBT community through a series of gallery exhibitions, films, lectures, and plays.

ArtSlant.com describes Phranc’s use of cardboard as “a witty observation on the artificial nature of fabricated legends and parallels the Old West's use of tall thin facades to make their buildings look more impressive” (Artslant: Calender 2011). Her skill and creativity in making the mundane fun and meaningful truly is impressive. I chose an image that incorporated a few of my favorite pieces from the exhibit: the guitar, the belt, and of course, no Cardboard Cobbler show is complete without a great pair of shoes, or in this case boots!

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