Desire Under The Female Gaze
Desire Under The Female Gaze
Curator Astria Suparak
Female artists explicitly express desire, fantasy, disappointment, pleasure in COME ON
The Warehouse Gallery of Syracuse University launches a bold new exhibition, COME ON: Desire Under The Female Gaze, which focuses on the psychological, social, cultural and political dimensions of desire, subjectivity and pleasure.
COME ON presents an array of ideas, imagery and experiences on the topic of sexuality from the perspective of women in their 20s through mid 30s. The artists in this exhibition employ diverse media, including large-scale drawing, video installation, text work and ephemeral sculpture. COME ON reveals what is not represented in popular culture and provides a counterbalance to the ubiquitous imagery of sexualized female bodies created for mainstream heterosexual male sensibilities.
- In Poison, by Brooklyn artist Rachel Rampleman, rock star virility is deflated through real-life testimonial. In a video viewable from a set of stadium bleachers, the artist's sister Sarah describes her lifelong idolatry of infamous frontman Bret Michaels. The fantasy and anticipation leading up to a weekend rendezvous are recounted in uproarious detail, as well as her ensuing disappointment in the desired object's sexual skills. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes, "Sarah is brilliant" and artnet calls the video "priceless". Rampleman's report punctures the myth of the adoring, anonymous female fan and the prowess of the famous musician.
Rampleman has exhibited and screened at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Cynthia Broan Gallery and NYU Cantor Film Center in Manhattan, and ArtWorks Time Warner Cable Gallery in Cincinnati.
- Montreal-based Jo-Anne Balcaen creates oblique narratives with dictionary definitions through intriguing juxtapositions. The word combinations chosen question the cultural baggage assigned to language used to express emotions, uncovering the role of language in the construction of gender. In addition to the text works in COME ON, Balcaen will install a suggestive minimalist sculpture created out of balloons, which points to the commercialization of courtship, the inflated and insupportable expectations of happiness, and the temporality of feelings.
Balcaen has exhibited at SAW Gallery in Ottawa, Katharine Mulherin in Toronto, in Montreal at Parisian Laundry, Joyce Yahouda, articule, and the Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia University, as well as unconventional sites like Salvation Army, an abandoned hospital, a library and on billboards.
- Brooklyn-based Juliet Jacobson 's large-scale drawings evoke centuries-old Mannerist painting through the use of ornate details, contorted compositions and irrational space. These exquisite illustrations of intertwined male lovers are informed by the critical theories of feminist and queer studies. With a symbol set deriving from the histories of art, religion, and literature, Jacobson's finely rendered works are meditations upon generation and creativity, fragility, intimacy, love, mutuality, morality, identity, alienation and universality.
Jacobson has been included in exhibitions curated by Kiki Smith and Valerie Hammond in New York and Rupert Goldsworthy in London. Her work was featured in the last issue of K48 Magazine.
Join the artists and curator Astria Suparak for a day of artist talks culminating in a tour and reception with refreshments on Thursday, Sept. 20, at The Warehouse Gallery.
Concert : Fri. 24 Aug. 8pm @ New York State Fair
Poison + other metal bands
Screening : Sun. 26 Aug. 8pm @ Spark Art Space
Daughters of Joy! Experimental video and audio about sex + Lickety Split smut zine
Screening : Thu. 18 Oct. 8pm @ Watson Theater, Syracuse University
Emotional Realism: Videos that pose questions about the rhetoric of honesty and the production of empathy in the viewer
Store : Tue.- Sat. during exhibition @ The Warehouse Gallery
Videos, art journals, artist posters, zines available
Television : Sundays 9pm @ VH1
Rock of Love
THE WAREHOUSE GALLERY at Syracuse University exhibits and commissions work by emerging and accomplished artists whose work engages the community in a dialogue regarding the role the arts can play in illuminating critical issues.
The Warehouse Gallery
350 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, N.Y. 13202
Tue.-Fri. 10am-6pm, Sat. 12-6pm