Exhibit: Brass in Pocket
Friday, September 13, 2013 - Sunday, October 27, 2013
Opening reception September 13, 7 – 10pm coinciding with Greenpoint Gallery Night.
The Booklyn Art Gallery is pleased to present BRASS IN POCKET, a group exhibition featuring work by Susan Fang, Liz Linden, Lynnette Miranda, Caroline Paquita, Catherine Stack, and Tamara Waite-Santibanez, and Book Swap… a collaborative project by Liz Linden and Jen Kennedy.
We approached this show with the desire to represent contemporary feminist artists working in different media with the commonality of transcending subject matter and traditional techniques in print, collage, drawing and sculpture. Instead, BRASS IN POCKET is a group of New York-based women artists who are doing just that, but whose work may not necessarily be described as “feminist art.”
What we discovered through this process is that it is less of a “feminist” concern to narrowly define this work as “feminist art.” It is more important to bring the work, the pushing of boundaries and mediums, to light. Throughout our studio visits feminist themes emerged. While often not the forefront of the artist’s subject matter, each artist still faces a sexist power structure within the art world, and within her everyday life.
Prevailing draftsmanship and experimentation in media is what drew us to these six artists. Liz Linden’s oversized “cartoons” feature particularly desolate photographs selected from The New York Times juxtaposed with broken fragments or quotes from their respective articles; the lack of context evokes a strong sense of dissociation, and highlights the absurd. Tamara Waite-Santibanez’s recent work combines the traditions of Chola culture and punk culture through tightly rendered graphite drawings that reference imagery and techniques relative to her profession as a tattoo artist. A publisher and artist who bridges the gap between the print and performance worlds, Caroline Paquita will debut new papier mache sculptures. Susan Fang’s playful pornography collages both highlight and obscure sexuality, while her rice paper t-shirt sculptures toy with the physicality and symbol of an object. Obfuscating the interpretation of texture and pattern, Lynnette Miranda will display new works in textile that build on her previous experiential dialogue in sculpture. Similarly, Catherine Stack’s practice blurs the lines between print, textile, and sculpture; creating etched collage reliefs, utilizing non-traditional materials during the printing process, and further manipulating the finished prints with layering, embroidery and collage.
The exhibition will also feature Book Swap… a collaborative project by Liz Linden and Jen Kennedy. This ever-evolving feminist lending library promotes the exchange of feminist thought, critiques, and conversations, while encouraging community-based knowledge. In praxis, Book Swap… allows each participant to contend with the idea(s) of “feminism” on their own terms, an action which is at the heart of this show. The library has previously been exhibited at DISPATCH, The Brooklyn Museum’s Sackler Center, the Center for Book Arts, and the Dumbo Arts Center, and morphs with each new manifestation. Give a book, take a book.
BRASS IN POCKET is a “women show” that is not about women. What it is about, is pushing the mediums themselves, as well as the definition of what feminism–or feminist art–can be. BRASS IN POCKET is the eighteenth in a series of group exhibitions dedicated to providing self-publishing artists, who generally share their work through printed matter and other ephemeral media, with a platform for exhibition, experimentation and exploration outside of the printed format.
Curated by Aimee Lusty & Kate Wadkins. For more information please contact email@example.com
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Tuesday, 12pm-5pm.
This exhibition is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.