Co-curated by Shana Nys Dambrot & Susan Melly
Within the gilded cage of worship, the female form has been objectified and ostracized, yet always through an idealized lense. Luscious and vivacious forms with angelic faces adorn museum walls that span centuries, navigating their way through reimagined canons and conveying new forms of femininity and beauty that come with time. With these different movements, however, come confrontation. Feminist Variations features the work of six artists whose work is radically divergent, each in pursuit of their own singular vision that re-examines their relationships to social, political, and philosophical expressions of feminism.
Never expressly political or confrontational, these works redirect the traditional feminist narrative out of the theoretical realm and into one more pragmatic and practical for each artist. Works range from sculpture to painting and drawing, video, installation, collage, assemblage, and even the wearable. Despite these differences in techniques, they come together to consider both the literal and allegorical ways in which the female body occupies both physical and semantic space in the modern world. Featuring the works of Annie Terrazzo, Lauren Kasmer, Victor Wilde, Peter Walker, Susan Melly, and Carol Sears, this survey of works is, as Peter Frank has called it, "a feminist critique that cuts both ways...a critique, but not a complaint." In this light, the works in Feminist Variations both empower and deconstruct conventional notions of the feminine form while moving forward toward harmony, balance, and appreciation.
Feminist Variations will be on view through September 19, 2015. The Loft at Liz’s will be hosting an artist talk in addition to the opening reception on Wednesday, September 14 from 7-9pm.
About The Loft at Liz’s
Featuring both emerging and established artists and artisans, The Loft at Liz’s art gallery in Los Angeles fosters an open dialogue between eclectic and diverse points of view, ideologies, and experiences across a wide range of disciplines. Their visual arts programming may also be accompanied by performances, music, dance, or culinary arts.
Saturday, August 27, 2016 | 7-9pm
The Loft at Liz's
453 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, September 14 | 7-9pm