Ana Serrano has crafted something truly special with this 'Salon of Beauty' installation for the Rice Gallery. The exhibition features a miniature city space that can easily pass for the set of some new Hollywood children's film, though you probably wouldn't want kids playing around a strip club. That's right, this vibrantly colored Wizard of Oz-esque installation actually has more adult undertones than it's jolly appearance would have you believe.
Ana Serrano explains that this quirky miniature town is meant to explore socio-cultural issues as well as, "the branding and acceptance of the drug lord lifestyle." That's some pretty heavy stuff for a city installation that looks as though it can be an advanced playground for affluent children, but that's kind of the brilliance of it all.
Ana Serrano is a Mexican American artist and she specializes in crafting site-specific works.