Teen-Girl Tumblr Aesthetic SHOUTOUT! / Portland Mercury [PRESS]


THE TEEN-GIRL Tumblr aesthetic is alive and well at Fourteen30 Contemporary. In curator Adrianne Rubenstein’s group show, Maraschino, works from Alex Chaves, Josh Mannis, Annelie McKenzie, and Nolan Simon delight and repulse, like the show’s sweetly disgusting namesake.

If the teen-girl Tumblr aesthetic is a new concept for you, congratulations! You’re not 18! But also, a shorthand: Remember Lisa Frank? That purveyor of frolicking unicorns and big-eyed kittens emblazoned in a garishly warm palette on the Trapper Keepers of middle school girls circa 1996? Now imagine Lisa Frank is an art history major, and all those smiling dolphins and nuzzling neon puppies contain coded messages about gender.

In art, the aesthetic translates to “grownups, so to speak, channeling or connecting in some way with a constructed idea of the teenage girl aesthetic and adolescence,” write critics Alicia Eler and Kate Durbin at the art blog Hyperallergic.

read Megan Burbank’s review in the Portland Mercury here: http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/froot-loops/Content?oid=15208024