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Victorian-era architecture and interior design are awe-inspiring, reaching epic levels of ostentation that are matched only by the former high-flying merry-making ways of the aristocracy. Sure, people starved, died of disease, and were victims of a newly industrialized society and deep-rooted classism, racism and sexism. And sure, nothing’s really changed — just substitute corporatized for industrialized. But those people are dead, and the architecture remains for us to study and enjoy.

Vickie Pierre’s new installation “If You Win Me, I’m Forever” at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood evokes the romanticism of such grandiose design. Inspired by fantasy, Surrealism, and textile design, Pierre juxtaposes the decadence of ornate fixtures with an understated, muted color scheme. Years of collecting vintage books, dishware, and other source materials informs the installation, the chief components of which will include vintage Avon perfume bottles and Syroco sconces. The work employs a footloose femininity so unapologetic — seemingly a contradiction as far as gender stereotypes go — that it begs for deeper reflection on the connection between the male-dominated Surrealist art movement and the feminine quality of fantasy. Or, you can always skip the indecipherable bombast that is art history and just stare at the purty lights.

Check out Vickie Pierre’s installation during Friday’s 6 p.m. opening reception at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, found at 1650 Harrison St. The reception costs $10, but admission to see the exhibit during regular hours only costs $7, and runs through June 7. Call 954-921-3274, or visit
May 1-June 7, 6 p.m., 2009

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