by "O" | by Jeanne Boyer, MA | by Daniel Foster, PhD | by Janell Glessner, MA | by Jonathan Green, PhD | Peter Erickson, MA
Independent art critic "O" reviews one aspect of John Dingler's "UFO Girl" exhibit.
"Willingly or not, John Dingler has made a true big bang statement with his UFO Girl, who can be heard but not seen. The objectification of women – from Helen of Troy to Marilyn Monroe, from Barbie to Kim Kardashian's money-making machine of voluptuous and exquisite vapidity – has denied women their own voice for millennia, demanding instead that they exist and express themselves in a narrow confinement, as reflections of men's power, greed and lust.
UFO Girl is revolutionary exactly because she is the affirmation of the feminine voice alone. Her opinions and accomplishments, not her sex appeal (I really wanted to write "boobs and hips" here), take the stand in Dingler's art, be it her strong opposition of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – our most recent sacrificial altar to male capitalism – or the fact that she is the supreme commander of her fleet. UFO Girl reveals herself through her voice as a compassionate, understanding, intelligent, uncompromising being.
Is she young and beautiful? Who knows, and, finally, who cares? In a society reeking with the objectification of women, Dingler makes a loud and brave proclamation: a strong woman's voice IS enough. Bravo, John!"