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Selling Sex // Show studio

‘Selling sex’ is a challenging, nevertheless philosophical heading of the exhibition by 25 women artists in SHOW STUDIO located at 1 – 9 Bruton Place, London. Installations and paintings display women’s perspective of another women, sex and nudity. Undoubtedly, pieces are more sensitive, vulnerable and erotic and more… leaving audience reading between the lines. However, the fact that the exhibition is being evaluated by a female herself might leave one tentative about whether I have the competency. And to plead guilty, I do possess petite, feminist-like vein. The fact that no men figure is found in the pieces leaves that modest blood vessel of mine’s pulsating. That’s a common sense, however, that woman vis`-a-vis´ a woman cannot embrace male counterparts in the picture. Can the situation be one of those so called ‘gender wars’? Even if the answer for the question is of a negative or positive manner, the fact that the artists created works to display inequality that still exists in the world of art is a piece of evidence.

To illustrate the situation utilizing figures that are trusted as facts become handy. Only 8% of the work exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art is created by female gender, Tate’s female holdings amount to an inadequate 15% and the main dessert is Louvre with no female artists in their collection of 35,000 artworks. With a feministic fashion female artists have started the conversation, not essentially the battle. That is clear.

The relationship with female protagonists and their objet d’art differs. For instance, Liz Cohen (‘BODY WORK Grinder’) took 12 pictures (something like a calendar for men) and posed in them herself with the car she brought back and reconstructed from America.

Cortney Andrews (‘Arms Bend’) takes pictures of a narrative that happens within her family or people close to her. However, bruised woman in the picture of hers leaves viewers questioning the cause of it. C. Andrews work sure is mystical…

Betony Vernon (‘Urn Anal dilation Diletto kit’) created a kit for pleasures that is aesthetically pleasant and not vulgar. ‘Something that women would like to play with.’ Well… that’s according to her, but let’s not quarrel about the taste shall we?

Atsuko Kudo’s handmade outfit called ’Armour for Prostitutes’ is made of materials that make individuals engage into symbolic linking. Focal fabric of the clothing is leather and according to the grapevine and by hook or by crook it very well reacts with the filthiness. Only this time, extraordinary, minute details grant princess-like sensation to the attire. This was achieved with nothing but a hard work, so no wonder that the designer have worked for Lady Gaga and other eminent figures.

This is just a small portion of the amazing works that women have done. Definitely, exhibition caused some commotion, since there are eminent people involved in it, like Victoria Secret’s model in the visual installation, Atsuko Kudo and many other celebrated figures. Overall, the exhibition is not about picking the fronts or starting wars, it is about woman taking action and highlighting existing issues.

Crisis Commission // Somerset House

The Crisis Commission collectively brought notable artists in sequence to advertise the issue of homeliness in today’s society. Every performer’s approach to the phenomenon was like chalk and cheese. Some had a deeper liaison to the issue than others, in terms that the artists themselves have experienced it.

However, the hardships of the people without a roof under their heads were understood equally. Paintings, installations that are from top to bottom inimitable and delicate work of arts, declare the identical message. From Italian, African, French revolution’s (1968) inspired proverbs (Nathan Coley) that were exploited, to genuine stories that artists have stumbled across. Few artists seized function of medium and retold stories of the people. In fact, William James West’s painting had an impact on homeless man that was beaten up. The culprits after seeing the work of W. J. West’s apologised.

Nika Neelova has chosen the model of the doors and the far-fetched number of them that are closed to the homeless. Yinka Shonibare’s installation articulates that the magnitude of the ‘luggage’ people living on the streets have on their shoulders is tough to balance and ultimately will fall.

Overall, artists raised the issue with their means and sent a message to the society. The event was not only to make a notice of the problem, but also to collect funds on auction at Christie’s on 3 May.

Check the official article out

Tal Regev / GX Gallery

This time I found myself at Camberwell’s GX Gallery, which presented Tal Regev’s first solo show ‘DEPART’. Tal was born in Israel and now resides in the UK. She studied at Goldsmiths College and is represented by La Scatola Gallery. But enough of the red tape, let’s transfer to the world of Regev’s art.

From semi-naked extraterrestrial beings covered with gas masks and grotesque army-like helmets to petite conceptual shapes and golden triangles, which all combined create a dramatic stage, where her art takes life. Vivid colours and surplus of painted oil brush strokes unite in forming abstract, extravaganza scenarios. Artist herself said that the decisions she make, while producing work of art, are instinct based and come from subterranean and private fractions of her essence. The inner drama and intimate conflicts are reflected through her work.  There are a lot of things that Regev likes to keep to herself only and gas masks are the iconic representation of the issue. By utilizing art as a form of release of negative emotions, at the end of the day, she still feels restless, but this is the only way she can share her emotions that no words can explain.

Overall, Tal Regev’s intimate and abstract pieces touch the viewer and provoke him or her to go through personal drama that the artist herself is experiencing. The art that truly touches.

Wanderlust // Bearspace

Fresh from the success of their work in Brave New World at London Art Fair 2012, artists Jane Ward and Reginald S. Aloysius have joined together to create new show Wanderlust which opened at Bearspace last Friday to a swarm of avid spectators.

Capturing, thought-provoking objects d’art of both Jane Ward and Reginald S. Aloysius made me realize the essence of the title. Indeed, I felt like I was wandering, with a desire to find out more about the amazing artifacts. In fact, the artists’ themselves were stimulated by traveling and the word wanderlust actually means a strong desire for voyage. R. Aloysius works are made on MDF (medium-density fibreboard). The artist shared that he used nearly 20 coats of white paint and that the graphite to shade was utilized. His engraved strokes, painted with colour, were inspired by traditional Indian saris and it appears that fundamentally Aloysius’ work explores themes of lost traditional values in multinational communities.

J. Ward art pieces are based on hierarchy of the memories. Some parts of her work are indistinct, scattered, unlike others, which point out that the memories are fading or vice versa. Her dreamlike pieces are made by the technique of layering digital print, then carefully removing the surface ink. The artist noted that she is inspired by natural calamities, such as cunamies and tornados. Overall, the pieces of art of both artists’ transfer the viewer to the world of wander and exploration. One can clearly see what authors of the art want to state, but at the same time a place for interpretation is left as well. Wander and lust.

Backstage of 72 Dots Per Inch

When you go to the  galleries a lot, at some point you understand that the creative pieces might be not the ones put on the wall.

(See post about the 72 Dots Per Inch)

Cheers,

Barbie!

72 Dots Per Inch

One of the recent exhibitions called ’72 Dots Per Inch’ which takes place in KK Outlet offers audience a glimpse to Ill Studio’s work. The graphic designs made by Ill Studio are inspired by today’s omnipresent phenomenon – the Internet. The content of the Internet flabbergasts the artists… The option of coalescing and experimenting with bits and pieces that do not have correlation is one of the most thrilling fractions, which aid into creating bizarre, but at the same time action-packed world of the Web. The exhibition’s originality takes the spectator out of the context to the absolute absurdness and greatness. From the picture of Rocky Balboa’s character (acted out by Sylvester Stallone) located on the floor to a fluctuated image of a pineapple. Moreover, a video of peculiar clips mashed up collectively is introduced to the audience. Apparently, the animated gif refers to the amateurism of the YouTube’s culture.

Overall, exhibition boasts of its originality and uniqueness, forcing the viewer to leave his or hers comfort zone and explore unseen sides of the Internet.

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