'Love Is Dead,' According To The Tinder Art Show


What started as a joke among friends has become a full-blown art show featuring works inspired by online dating… and how terrible it can be.

Curator Tara Anne, who typically works in the music industry as a tour manager, says she and her friends were exchanging ridiculous and hilarious online dating messages.

Some of the offending messages included one friend who received a message that suggested she come to Santa Monica because "the dick is better here." Tara Anne says she thinks the reason why online suitors think they can open with lines about their genitals or send a deluge of messages of increasing inappropriate is because there is no social barrier that clues someone to back off. We talked about how unlikely it would be for someone to talk up to you in a coffeeshop and say, 'Hi,' a dozen times with no response before asking if you wanted to sleep with them. Or to just walk up to a stranger and describe specific acts you wanted to perform with them—where's the finesse? On apps like Tinder and OKCupid, that just seems to be par for the course.

Eventually, it occurred to Tara Anne and her friends that they could “make something positive out of the overwhelming dissatisfaction.” Thus, Love Is Dead (...And You Killed It) came to be.

The 15 participating artists have been inspired by real messages and experiences, some of which are featured in the works. Artists include Clark Duke (Kick-Ass, Dwight Schute's protege on The Office), Joe Cool (Snoop Lion's cousins, who drew the Doggystyle album artwork), Lizzy Love, Mary Minahan and others. Artist Shayneofthedead will also be painting a model live and there will be music from DJ Moenay. The show attempts to pull away from the stuffy trappings of art shows and instead, be “cool and kind of irreverent,” Tara Anne said.

Those looking to wash away the taste of bitterness can enjoy sweets via Larabar and the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream truck. If you want to get meta, bring someone you just met on Tinder. Or you could use this as a social opportunity to meet someone in plain, old real life... it seems like attendees and artists alike will have a lot to commiserate over.

Love Is Dead (...And You Killed It) is only display for one night only, June 26, at Space Station Casting Studios, 950 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.