There is much information swirling around about the Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, that is odd, but the latest art exhibit, which is based on the Olsen twins trying to elude the paparazzi, might be the strangest yet. Nevertheless, people are flocking to see it. Chicago artist Laura Collins is presenting a show that features a series of paintings that are all covering the topic of the Olsen twins avoiding the paparazzi. While many people question an exhibit like this as being too narrow in scope, it is a millennial’s dream.
According to the Inquisitr, the Olsen twins have dropped out of acting, and have nearly dropped out of view, claiming that they are no longer actors, but fashion designers. Both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are now adults, and they are back in the news because of the reboot of Full House, called Fuller House, which they have chosen not to work on. Both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have had plastic surgery over the last decade to allegedly try and drop the term twins from being used when mentioning them.
Rolling Stone is reporting that those who grew up watching Full House are now adults who are interested in art and pop culture. An art space in Brooklyn, which started last year as a joke, is now a pop up exhibition space, run by Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen. They started with an exhibit featuring Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding last year that took off after journalists wrote about it, and crowds of people showed up to check it out.
The Huffington Post says that the newest exhibit by Harkins and Olen is called “Olsen Twins Hiding From Paparazzi,” and it is exactly what it sounds like, it is paintings of the Olsen twins avoiding the press. The Huffington Post posed the question, “Ever wish that visiting a museum was more like watching reality TV and simultaneously browsing TMZ, all while a few wine coolers deep?” And likened viewing the exhibit to pop culture overload, but in a good way.
Laura Collins is presenting the Olsen twins as one entity, but also as individuals. Collins says that in the paintings that include Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the women are not labeled as one or the other.
“I have no idea who’s who. I wanted it to be like, they’re kinda interchangeable. We almost don’t care who’s who.”
But, another room for the exhibit is designed and decorated as if it is the home where Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy got married this year, complete with bowls of cigarettes for the Olsen chainsmoker in everyone. There is also a nod to Fuller House with a telephone that rings periodically, offering someone who answers a role on the Netflix reboot.
New York Magazine is calling the Olsen twins exhibit a “beautiful fever dream,” which is attracting attention in the press and on social media, where people are posting that they are making the trip to Brooklyn just to check it out. And everything Olsen is intertwined with other social media references, like Real Housewives and Kardashians.
There is a desk that is supposed to be that of Detective Sonny Carisi of Law & Order, SVU, that contains vintage clips about the Olsen twins, as if they are the subject of some creepy child-star related crime.
This is surely not the last ode to popular culture that the duo will be presenting, and the success of the Olsen twins exhibit might encourage other artists to dive in to that Netflix/Bravo pool of celebrity.
Would you want to check out an art show based on the Olsen twins?
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