Humor in Art #1: Stop Motion Barbie

Madeleine Boucher
Feb 20, 2014 4:02PM

L.A. based fashion photographer Jana Cruder created a stop-motion animation from staged photographs that imagine a "working girl" Barbie in real life. That is, if real life were 1960s California, complete with an unemployed Domestic Ken, his friend Joe, and the subtle incursions of unfulfilled mid-century modern desires.

Shown in a giant replica of a 1954 Viewmaster stereoscope, the video takes a playful jab at the idyllic Barbie and Ken fantasy by embracing its kitsch and turning its dysfunctions inside out.

You can view the full animation on Jana Cruder's website.

Madeleine Boucher