Johanne Rahaman is an emerging documentary photographer, working in both digital and film formats since 2002. The Bailey Contemporary Arts has invited this artist to expand her most recent project to Pompano Beach, which she has begun to do starting this October, 2016. “Black Florida” is an ongoing photographic archive of shifting urban and rural spaces occupied by the Black communities throughout the State of Florida. Rahaman’s images consists of environmental portraits, landscape, architectural and still life images, underscoring the urgency and importance of recording these neighborhoods that are in a constant state of flux. In February, 2017, BaCA will exhibit the images as a result of her focus on Pompano Beach in honor of Black History month, and as a continuing narrative that began with last year’s exhibit, “What’s Your Story?” that showcased portraits of Pompano Beach’s black community in the 1930s. Rahaman’s drive for documenting these communities that mirror her hometown; the stigmatized Laventille Hills of Trinidad, was born out of a sense of duty to offer the public an alternative view of Black ghettos, and ghetto life, unashamedly, as a sense of place, as home. In the absence of newsworthy events, her work takes a look at the simplicities and the complexities of entrepreneurship, beauty, sensuality, aging, mortality, youth, and resilience within the African Diaspora. “Black Florida” is supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP), an organization who aims to change the national conversation around both poverty and economic insecurity. They commission stories – from narrative features to photo essays and video – that put a human face on financial instability. They fund and place their reportage and photojournalism in renowned and popular sites and magazines, from The New York Times to Slate to MSNBC. Their multimedia work has been nationally recognized, with a first place award from POY, and nominations for an Emmy, and for a National Magazine Award in multimedia.
What makes a woman, a woman? Bailey Contemporary Arts newest exhibit showcases three outstanding artists, Linda Behar, Sibel Koçabasi and Raheleh Filsoofi, who present thought-provoking perspectives on gender and a variety of social and political issues. Exploring the feminine, an array of questions arise about the perceptions and realities of being a woman. Is the identity of a woman a matter of choice, or is it a social construct? Is the content of femininity imposed by society, or is there some degree of buy-in by women themselves? What image remains of women in history, when the individual no longer has the option of forming it herself? The artists, Americans who themselves each come from different cultural backgrounds outside the United States, hope to inspire viewers to think critically and foster a new dialogue on vital global issues regarding women.
When color is only in your imagination, what would you see? Acclaimed artist Carlos Alves is color blind. Living in shades of gray, he has delved deeper to create works that have been praised by critics and beloved by art collectors. Enter his world and experience artwork that breaks down the boundaries and parameters that other artists face. “In my work, I seek to utilize shapes, forms and polished textures to communicate a story, and to deliver a deeper message. To me, the canvas serves as both mask and magnifier, allowing me to reveal important elements through brush strokes and layers of paint, or to hide them,” said Alves. “It is a reflection of my inner world, and my desire to speak to the universal dichotomies within human nature. I see these as opposites that vacillate between moments of creation and demise, resulting in a visual synergy more potent than the original impulses.” The Bailey Contemporary Arts will show a collection of the artists’ paintings and prolific works on paper in a month-long exhibition. FREE. Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA). 41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. (954) 284-0141.
November at the Bailey Contemporary Arts showcases powerful work from two very different artists tackling the same phenomenon: invisibility. Bonnie Goldstein and Christina Nicola come from two very different worlds and generations, and yet, profoundly convey the same experience in their work: the fight to be heard. Sarah M. Benichou, Director and Curator at the Bailey Contemporary Arts, decided to put these artists together- one established and one emerging, to underline the continued struggle women face of establishing their place in society, regardless of color, age, class, or geography. Both of these artists use strong execution, textures, and surfaces to convey presence, significance, tenacity and fragility all at once. Join us for the complimentary artists’ reception on Friday, November 4th, at 6:00PM in conjunction with Old Town Untapped. FREE. Dates and hours of admission available online.
Spotlight on Kids
Teenagers who have participated in Cameras For Kids Foundation will exhibit their fine art photographs at the “Spotlight on Kids” Exhibition in the community gallery at the Bailey Contemporary Arts in Pompano Beach.
The showcased photographs are taken by at-risk youth in the South Florida community who have completed the CFKF photography course, which provides point-and-shoot cameras and instruction on basic concepts of art and photography. These young pho-tographers gain self-esteem, self-confidence and life skills from learning photography and having their work displayed in a reputable gallery. CFKF photographers attending the event will provide insight into their images and share stories of how photography has impacted their lives.
Guests will be enthralled with the caliber of photographs taken by the youth as well as the professional artwork on display throughout the beautiful BaCA gallery space which is located in the historic Bailey Hotel. Musical entertainment, light bites and beverages will be enjoyed while guests may take home an abundance of auction items and door prizes.
Created by founder Betsey Chesler in 2009, CFKF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with active programs in South Florida and cities serving disadvantaged youth across the United States and Canada. Ms. Chesler founded CFKF after returning from a trip to South Africa where she spent a life-changing month volunteering with orphans. Her desire to help children is powerful, and the results are heartwarming and incredibly effective. CFKF has placed cameras in the hands of 890 at-risk children, using the art of photography to better their lives.
Event tickets are $30 per person. Please visit the website at www.camerasforkidsfoundation.org for additional information or call BaCA at 954-284-0141. Bailey Contemporary Arts. 41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. (954) 786-7824.
Evolution is a showcase of works accomplished by a select group within the organization, who continue to work together to evolve and flourish within their respective genres. While the works featured may vary in style and medium, they all share a common theme. The works reflect an ongoing metamorphosis of the individual efforts to tell a story of the artist’s journey from where they began, where they are now, and what lies ahead in the future.
Re-Produce will entice you to discover what others miss. This juried group exhibition curated by Lisa Rockford showcases artworks created from found objects, unexpected debris materials and other overlooked components. Look at the world through artists’ eyes and watch the ordinary transformed into works of splendor. Join us for the complimentary artists’ reception on September 8, 2016 at 6:00PM. FREE. Dates and hours of admission available online. Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA). 41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. (954) 284-0141.
SWIMMING with NARCISSUS investigates identity and persona of both of the artist, and of the viewer, as provoked by the artist. The exhibit is a survey of atypical self-portraits. Instead of a tangible reflection of the figure based in realism, these contemporary approaches are instead conceptual meditations of the psyche, where representations of the self may be distorted and altered, resulting in a diverse embodiment of identity.
Throughout the exhibit, viewers will also be confronted by sculptural artworks with reflective or mirrored surfaces, inherently bringing the viewer into the work, and provoking fractured and distorted reflections, thereby causing them to consider the subjective nature of how one views their own image.
The opening reception on July 21 will feature a performance by Kikimora, with electronic and acoustic music by Amir Sultan Roth. Also during the reception will be an interactive FunClicks photo booth, in which visitors can create their own unique self portrait, take home a free print, as well as add the image to the exhibition!
Olga Saretsky - Kikimora
Cat Del Beuno
Deming King Harriman
Christin Paige Minnotte
Broward County has grown immensely in the span of a century, emerging as a metropolitan area and major tourist destination and its architectural development has an interesting history.
This exhibition, a series of photographs on panels, represents some of the most prominent examples of architecture throughout the County, charting its growth from the settlement of Fort Lauderdale into its most current iterations. From suburbs to skyscrapers, this exhibition aims to acquaint the public with the buildings, their architectural history and the urban phenomena throughout the region.
Through original research, the curators hope that the exhibit will serve as a catalyst for more in depth studies regarding the area’s built environment, while celebrating and exploring how buildings embody past ideals, present concerns, and future aspirations.
This exhibition is possible due to generous funding and support from the Broward Cultural Division, the Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture, and FAU’s Broward Undergraduate Research Award. We are especially thankful to Dawn Robinson-Patrick, Jeffrey Huber and John Sandell. The exhibition was co-curated by Fredo Rivera and Vladimir Kulic and presents the work and research of students at FAU’s School of Architecture. Participants in the exhibition include: Heather Akers, Jammy Chong, Nick DiMattia, Christopher Emile, Catheryn Espino, Emelia Fischer, Christie Garcia, and Christopher Sartori.
Building Broward Videos: Video 1 | Video 2
"What's your Story?" is a celebration of the rich history of Pompano Beach's African American community through stunning photographs. Many dating from the 1930s, the photos in the exhibition are a remarkable visual journey that highlights past generations of local family members and community leaders. The photos were culled from the archives of the African American Research Library and the Cultural Center of Broward County.
Misoo uses “vulnerability” as a theme revealed through her emotional self-portraits, narrative fantasy, and abstract images. Exploiting her paints ability to be both fluid and to congeal in her technique, her large paintings explore feelings of fear in reaction to abuse, abandonment and neglect. In-between her painted layers and intricate mark making, Misoo weaves her stories of innocence lost together using threads from of her childhood nightmares, news headlines that scream tales of abuse and rape, her fear for her vulnerable young daughter, and the desire to escape into fairytale and fantasy. Her confessional body of work focuses on the emotional process when repressed memories resurface. These recollections have helped fuel an aggressive beauty into her artwork by combining spontaneous, abstract ink marks with detailed narratives told through painstakingly time-consuming pencil drawings. Misoo graduated with her Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration on painting from Florida Atlantic University in the spring of 2014. Misoo has exhibited in shows at Scope, The Art Place Wynwood in Miami, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, The Gallery at Art House Delray, Delray Beach, Las Laguna Gallery in California and solo exhibition at Durham Arts Council in North Carolina.
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, João Paulo Gonçalves moved to the United States as a young adult and has spent most of his time here, living in South Florida. He has had a dedicated love of architecture and visual arts since a young age and studied architecture both in Brazil as well as at Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute. Gonçalves’ love of architectural design is a strong component in his shadow art pieces where he harnesses light into shadows, created by deliberately placed and cut wood pieces, as he sculpts these fascinating pieces of art. The pixel art pieces are inspired by icons, who are representative of João Paulo’s heritage, as well as his present day, cultural environment. These pieces require the viewer to put distance between themselves and the work to acutely perceive the subject of the art piece. While some of the shadow art draws inspiration from geometric shapes, others originate in the unrefined beauty of a simple silhouette. Each piece loses its subject completely if the light source is removed. The image is only revealed in the shadows that have been created. Beyond his love of creating art, Gonçalves has a passion for helping and mentoring his fellow artists to become full-time artists, supported solely by their own artwork. Gonçalves frequently exhibits throughout South Florida as well as having private and corporate collectors of his original artwork across the United States. He currently lives in Coconut Creek with his wife and four children.
Virginia Fifield seeks to inspire a “Re Visioning” of our present relationship to the natural world with her large-scale charcoal drawings of animals and nature. Working in high realism, chosen images are “re-presented” in a stark, over-scale format, deliberately devoid of color and context to strip away all sentimental and stereotypical associations. Although the subjects at first appear recognizable and familiar, they aim to initiate a re-vision, a deeper contemplation and internal dialogue about the natural world and the relationship in which we coexist. Fifield’s artwork is exhibited internationally and has received numerous awards including Best in Show in Art Florida and an award in the All Florida Juried Exhibition and Competition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood and the Selection Committee for Public Art in Broward County. Her work is currently exhibited with the Opera Gallery and is held in public and private collections internationally.
Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) is proud to present “Visions & Verse,” an exhibition featuring both the artistic works of Mimi Botscheller and the poetry of local written artists. “Visions & Verse” is a collaboration between the visual and written arts, aimed to inspire emerging poets to view and explore the evolving narratives in Botscheller’s collage works. The exhibited collages are composed of several layers as a result of the artist’s creative process, and therefore evoke different stories and ideas for each viewer. Visitors are encouraged to submit original poems inspired by a specific work. Calvin “madeS.O.N.” Early, the poetry curator, will select the winning poems which will be presented at the showcase on April 29th. “To celebrate National Poetry Month, we are delighted to bring together the visual and the literary as we invite poets to interpret pieces and create a poem directly related to one of Mimi’s works,” said Grace Gdaniec, Exhibition Curator and Acting Director. “We are honored to have Mimi’s creations be the inspiration for the poets and to have Calvin “madeS.O.N. Early as our poetry curator.” Mimi Botsheller’s featured works in “Visions & Verse” explore her process of evolving narratives in the form of collage. While repurposing visual fragments of paper, photo, digital media and mixed media, new images are created in what she calls “visual accidents.” Her works have been featured in numerous gallery exhibition and museum competitions from Miami to Palm Beach. And her paintings, which combine Eastern and Western ideologies, with multiple points of view, have been shown nationally and internationally. “Viewers will find themselves taken on a unique journey with each piece,” said Gdaniec. “With inspiration from the art in the exhibition, we are seeking poetry submissions based upon a single work. These submissions will be reviewed by Calvin, and the winning poems will be read at the showcase on April 29th. The top three submissions will be awarded cash prizes.” Calvin “madeS.O.N.” Early is an internationally recognized speaker/spoken word artist with more than 10 years experience in youth development and community relations. In the fall of 2013, Calvin broke ground on his company iCHOOSEgreatness, whose mission is to motivate, inspire and ultimately push individuals to challenge their self-imposed limitations. Calvin has been interviewed by literary icon Maya Angelou on Oprah Winfrey Radio, been a guest on Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act,” and a featured speaker at colleges, universities and various youth serving agencies across the country and abroad.
April 5th – April 29th | Opening Reception: April 7th (During Old Town Untapped) 6-9PM. FREE.
Poetry Submission Deadline: April 21st
Poetry Showcase & Award Ceremony April 29th 5-7PM. FREE.
Poets of all levels are encouraged to explore the gallery and submit their poems by 4/21
Submissions should be emailed to email@example.com
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place will be decided by Poetry Curator (1st $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50)
Contest participants must be available to attend the showcase on April 29th where poems will be performed/read, to be eligible to win. Guidelines
LAKOU LAKAY: IN MY BACKYARD
Featuring Isaie"Zeek"Mathias and Alix Gauchier
Curated by Bart Mervil Miami Urban Contemporary Experience (MUCE)
Honoring Haitian Heritage Month
Lakou Lakay invites the viewer to explore the dimensions of Haitian Culture through the eyes of Haitian artists Isaie "Zeek" Mathias & Alix Gauchier. The two very talented yet contrasting artists both have a commonality that revolves around the significance of the Tanbou (drum).
The viewer will find the motif of the drum as an essential element in both artists’ work. Mathias views the Tanbou as the progenitor of radio – a transmission vehicle communicating news across valleys; echoing history while giving direction into the future punctuated by dignity. Gauchier views the Tanbou as a “very powerful and ethereal instrument that can put us in another spiritual dimension”.
The Tanbou in both artists work represent a countervailing perspective to that of the mainstream narrative. Mathias works with the photographic and digital lens and Gauchier with oil, acrylic, and canvas to tell their stories. Curated by Bart Mervil of the Miami Urban Contemporary Experience, Lakou Lakay is an exhibit that takes the viewer into ‘my backyard’- a common phrase in Kreyol to welcome a guest into their home. BaCA welcomes you to Lakaou Lakay.
Opening Reception: 5/5/17, 6-9 PM (at Old Town Untapped Event)
Closing Reception: 6/2/17, 6-9 PM (at Old Town Untapped Event)
“Gritty in Pink” Art Exhibit curated by Lisa Rockford and Megan Castellon
June 6 – July 14, 2017 |Opening Reception: June 10, 6-10PM|FREE
Bailey Contemporary Arts welcomes curators Lisa Rockford and Megan Castellon for the juried exhibition Gritty in Pink. Defying the traditional notion that pink represents delicate, saccharine depictions of femininity, these artists embrace subversive uses of the color. Pink is instead presented to embody strength through bold and often confrontational aesthetics, whether through abstraction with aggressive textures and brushwork, or through conceptual, humorous, ironic, or subversive and symbolic imagery.
Several months ago, Rockford and Castellon conducted a call for artists of all genders to enter work that subverts traditional associations with the color pink. The exhibit will feature a range of artistic techniques from 53 artists, both regional and national, whose processes include mixed media, painting, collage, video art, fiber art, ceramics, site-specific installation, and performance art.
“We are thrilled to have two outstanding guest curators for this exhibit,” said Director of Programming Grace Gdaniec. “Last year’s tremendously successful Swimming with Narcissus was also curated by Rockford and featured works by Castellon. We are delighted by their return and the premise of this intriguing show.”
“I wanted to create this exhibition because of what the color pink symbolizes. It was a color that I was using a lot in my work, and it made me question the idea of pink. What does pink mean? It has distinctly feminine associations that reflect a dainty, soft, delicate essence. But I knew pink was so much more than this. I wanted to challenge traditional notions of the color pink, and by doing so, challenge traditional notions of femininity. What could pink be if it is truly represented the full spectrum of femininity, that is, humanity? Each of the artists in this exhibit transcends the stale use of pink as a symbol for all that is stereotypically feminine, and creates a range of perspectives from the grotesque to the bold to the strong,” said Castellon.
The opening on June 10 will include a custom-tailored performance by Kikimora studio. Olga Saretsky, aka Kikimora, is a costume fashion designer, and performer. She will be designing a special pink costume for the exhibit that is directly inspired by her idea that pink is a global unifying color, as she states, “We are all pink on the inside.”
For Rockford, there are an array of themes presented by the color pink. “The artworks will encompass creative and clever uses of the color,” she said. Themes encompassed will include: Pink as a signifier of gender, Pink in marketing & consumerism, Pink as the color of flesh, the use of pink in fiber art & craft, a “Gritty” textural use of pink, Pink & power hierarchy, and Pink as a classifying color for feminist politics.
The most vivid use of pink in the exhibit, which will be hung right near the entrance, is by Devan Jiminez. Jimenez used a recently invented paint that is considered to be the world’s pinkest pigment yet, a powerfully fluorescent color that reflects light resulting in this special pink. The artwork is purely a deer’s pelvis, completely covered in the fluorescent pigment, which hangs on the wall, like a trophy. Jimenez explains: “We generally understand the pelvis to be a symbol of female sexuality, as it contains a woman’s sexual organs. Additionally, a deer is often regarded as a symbol of fertility and grace. These symbolic references remind the viewer of the persistent strength of the female body and mind.”
An ambitious site-specific installation, which also utilizes found materials, will be created onsite by Anna Kell, who is coming all the way from Lewisburg, PA to install the work. Kell considers the artwork, Pink Field in Bloom, to be a type of mural, made from reclaimed mattress fabrics and the colors and patterns inherent to them. Responding to the theme of the show, all of the mattresses used would be classifiable as "pink" in coloration. In this mural, the pinkness and inherent decorative quality of the selected mattresses will be emphasized by what I imagine to be a gradation in saturation across the wall, creating a striking color field, the source of which is the material itself. Kell states “Mattresses are the type of everyday, domestic objects seen abandoned or discarded so often throughout the city, that we rarely register their presence. Though this piece will have a strong formal presence, I believe it will also engage viewers' imaginations as they contemplate the beauty, history, and symbolism that I believe reverberates through this material. (All of my) works are indicative of my ongoing fascination with the use of the color pink in our cultural commodities and domestic interiors, particularly as a signifier of something inherently feminine. “
Another installation, Lady Cave, by Laura Marsh will be an interactive spot for the viewer, and designated “selfie spot” which includes props and costume accessories. By utilizing sewing and embellishment, and defining the space between material fascination and play, Marsh places viewers inside her work. In the installation Lady Cave, she presents a word play on the phrase, man cave. The video in the installation provides the introduction, “Welcome to the Lady Cave, which is not just for ladies.” The sculptural environment serves as a space for decompression and wonderment, regardless of gender. Providing a familiar, yet curious space where viewers can seek refuge and embrace a soft aesthetic, Marsh’s multimedia installations excite the senses and encourage social media engagement.
Alessandra Mondolfi also illustrates the parallel between pink and flesh in her sculptural assemblage wall pieces. She creates dynamic pink flowers that at first glance, appear to be surreal flowers, but upon closer inspection, it is revealed that they are entirely made from casts of body parts. Alessandra explains, “This work is based on a physical and intimate material exploration that uses my body as a vehicle to engage intellectually and emotionally in the process of self-rediscovery. I am inspired by the patterns, colors and textures in nature and conceptually draw from the art precedents of flowers as sensual objects the symbolism of the circle. These sculptures subtlety touch upon ideas about intimacy, transformation, vulnerability, individuality, perception, desire and pleasure.”
Several of the works submitted had a common thread: the use of fiber art processes. These artists are evidence of a recent trend in contemporary art. There is a growing society of women artists that choose fiber arts (skills that were previously abandoned by feminists for their ties to domestic duties) in order to both continue the tradition, and reclaim the craft from their domestic history, while transforming the skills from a feminist point of view.
Leora Klaymer Stewart, who created the artwork Life Cycles when she was challenged with surviving breast cancer, is an exquisite example of the use of traditional fiber art processes. The series represents "life cycles", as in birth, growth, death and rebirth or renewal as in the cycles of life as well as in nature. The circular form of the work can dually represent a breast, an eye, or cellular structures. She constructed the form in a loop stitch technique that is often used to construct basket forms, with wrapped elements representing forms or veins growing out from the opening, and glass beads representing cells as in cellular growth.
Amy Gross also illustrates the symbiosis of organic structures in her pink biotope. As an artist who usually restricts herself to a palette, of green, blue, and red, and black, Amy was inspired by the exhibition theme and decided to work in pink for the first time. “Working in pink for the first time nudged me away from plant life and towards the corporeal. Pink made growths visceral. Surfaces became more like skin, sap turned sanguine, roots became veins, interiors turned from caves to cavities. I thought that pink was the color of delicacy, but it transformed my sculpture into something that could bleed and bite, a living thing that could look right back at me.
Peggy Blei Hracho and Emily Blei Hracho are a mother and daughter from Pennsylvania who both use fiber art processes. They submitted their works separately to the call for entry, and both had artwork accepted into the exhibit.
In Cut & Comb, Dresden Plate, Peggy drew direct inspiration from the appearance and lyrics of the pop stars Lorde and Brooke Candy. The piece focuses on the gritty attitudes of these female performers and the style of their hair along with its importance to their identity and attitude. Peggy states “These edgy woman performers are whimsically juxtaposed over the top of a strictly traditional quilt pattern, (Dresden Plate), to show their resistance to the normal gender expectations.”
In contrast, Emily creates works that are each inspired by title of a pornographic subreddit. Though her artworks are completely abstract manipulations of thread, fabric & yarn, their luscious, playful, and tactile nature directly relate to the voyeuristic act of viewing internet porn.
Gardner Cole Miller, one of the few male artists in the exhibit, also takes inspiration from online subcultures. Quilt Noodz or Rosies and Blowsies is an installation of Individual quilt squares pieced into a larger arrangement. Gardner began the quilting project by requesting nude selfies submissions via a Tumblr page. He then fashions embroidery patterns into a variable collection of free-motion-embroidered sewing on quilt squares. Gardner states “This project specifically uses the color pink alongside delicate florals and chintz fabrics as an exploration of gendered attitudes towards craft as being feminine and therefore non-threatening, conservative, and purely concerned with spheres of the domestic. By deploying tactics of reclamation and over-performance of the commonly accepted attitudes towards craft, gender and sexuality collide to dispel these notions, embrace the politicized body, and perpetuate the inherent queerness of identity while complicating and misdirecting a typical male gaze.” The project is ongoing; submissions are still being received.
Elizabeth Morisette observed the marketing of pink and began amassing a collection of discarded childhood toys. In China Pink, Morisette used a stitching technique to create a 4-foot long tapestry of toys in various shades of pink. By creating a waterfall of these products, we are not only presented with the sheer amount of physical waste as a result of our consumption, but with the saccharine colors that lose their appeal in mass quantity.
Paula Henderson uses commercial culture as the foundation for her work, Collide-A-Scope II. The painting is a carefully crafted synthesis of several silhouettes traced from models in advertisements. Henderson states: “My works reference the power vested in contemporary commercialized female media representations. My tracings and manipulated fusions of these perfected bodies are intended to resonate with the consequences of identities shaped under the pervasive influence of the beauty industry. Pink, the color assigned at birth to designate us as ‘girl’-softer, weaker partner to the blue of ‘male’- is deployed to acknowledge and protest identities manufactured by the central male sphere.”
Samantha Lyn Aasen uses the medium of photography, and herself as a model, to explore the shifting boundary between girlhood and womanhood, as well as gender and sexuality in pop culture. “The focus of my practice is my own ambivalence towards the Princess-industrial-complex, which in some way mirrors a cultural ambivalence towards women’s and girl’s sexuality…The images compare and contrast these experiences by looking at popular culture through the lens of a younger version of myself exploring my gender. “By framing my art making this way, I recall on my own experience as an adolescent.” A humorous illustration of this is her photograph Feet, a close up image of her feet failing to fit child-sized princess shoes. The photograph not only focuses on the blemishes and razor burn of her very “real” legs, but characterizes the infantilization of women and draws an outstanding correlation to any futile exertion to embody or idolize Cinderella.
Evaluating a very different side of consumer culture, Tina La Porta questions the use of pink in products like prescription pills and automotive paint, which are the materials in her artwork. She asks, “Why are pills pink? Are pink pills marketed specifically toward women? Why is automotive paint call Porn Star Pink?” La Porta has been working with pills as an artistic medium ever since her diagnosis with Schizophrenia. She says the work is both personal and universal in that her personal experience also speaks to a broader phenomenon of our pill consuming culture.
Judges Award Process and Lecture
Prominent art professionals will serve as guest judges and visit the exhibition after it is installed, voting for the top artists. Any artist that receives at least one vote will receive the judges’ feedback and a “Judges Choice Award” certificate. The artists with the most votes will receive cash prizes, splitting a minimum of $1500.
On June 24, from 1-3pm, Lisa Rockford will give a lecture that outlines the permeation of the color pink into Western culture, and highlighting examples of the use of pink by historic, global, and contemporary professional artists. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with 4 artists selected from the exhibition.
Rockford states “It is my aim that this exhibition, lecture, and panel discussion will compel the audience to think critically about the prescribed, marketed representations of pink, and spark a dialogue that will continue after the exhibition; a dialogue which is not spoken about in sufficient measure.”
“When trying to consider the effect that this use of pink in marketing has on gender paradigms, consider how the cultural constructs of the color influences our learned behaviors. Those pink toys and pink products are integrated into everyday life and subconsciously condition their owners to emulate the identity that is marketed with them.
The cultural acclimatizing of pink, linked with femininity as cuteness, princess persona, or sexiness are damaging to women. The more that pink is narrowly associated with cutesiness, and female beauty, the more narrow gender roles and social dynamics will be. Just as the objectification or sexualization of women makes them targets, the infantilization of women ultimately belittles them. The more that society depicts narrow representations of femininity, the more confined gender will be, the more discrimination there will be, and the more limited the choices and rights of many persons will be.
Artists are fundamental mediators in the critique of prevalent social norms and cultural constructs, with the responsibility to transform the perception of the color, and therefore it's place in culture.”
BaCA and the Blooming Bean Coffee Co. present in June the exhibit “Hi*Jinx at the Bean” by BaCA A.I.R. “Missy Pierce”. This exhibit will be up from 6/6/17 – 7/15/17, and can be seen during Blooming Bean Coffee Co. business hrs.
About the Artist: MISSY PIERCE
I am an artist specializing in paintings that explore the nature of identity in all its fractured manifestations. A repeated theme in my work is that of containment, especially containment of the hidden selves I try to reconcile with the conflicting roles I play in my life. My paintings often represent the release of those otherwise eclipsed parts of my identity, and what happens when the distorted logic of consciousness strikes against tasks, duties and expectations. I often play with this theme by using humor to explore the clash between my domestic and professional roles. Through painting and collage, I stage unrelated figures to reverse expectations in an effort to examine the frayed edges of an identity built out of contrasting selves.