Michael Barton Miller
A one person exhibition by Jaime Scholnick. This is her second solo exhibition at POST. The installation will include a screening of the film and mural-sized chalk drawings on the gallery walls. Relative Objects is a group show of objects by artists that also have work in the Post flat files.
A one person exhibition by Jaime Scholnick
Relative Objects, a group exhibit
DJ Crassus and Crixus will spin at the opening
Hello Kitty Gets a Mouth by Jaime Scholnick. This is her second solo exhibition at POST. The installation will include a screening of the film and mural-sized chalk drawings on the gallery walls.
After years of silence, Hello Kitty now joins the historic list of others of the same gender in acquiring a voice.The short film depicts the frustration Hello Kitty encounters upon realizing her inability to utter a sound. Appropriately frustrated by her discovery, Hello Kitty promptly takes action and finds herself in the perfect place for reconstructive surgery, Los Angeles. Upon encountering Japanese culture, Scholnick found Hello Kitty to perfectly exemplify her frustrations as a woman while teaching English in the city of Yamagata.
Shocked by her older female students proudly displaying the mute kitty on anything and everything imaginable, Scholnick began to explore the Japanese word for cute, kawaii.The incessant striving by her women students to eternally remain cute along with the rampant display of a figure with no means of conveying struck Scholnick as frightening. Exploring the similar sounding Japanese words kawaii and kowai (cute and frightened), Scholnick finds the duality of the similar sounding words to express the frightening void accompanying a silent female. In order to counteract the void, her mural-sized drawings at POST arm Hello Kitty with assault weapons to instill an expression of power to be feared. In the past Scholnick has used Hello Kitty merchandise, marketing giveaways such as tissue packs, coat hangers and other reinterpreted mass produced items to find beauty in the everyday, and to talk about how we are living now.Unfortunately, expression does not come as easily to all women as she would wish.For Scholnick, the inundation of Hello Kitty merchandise in both Japan and the U.S. references a global culture where women remain at risk.
Relative Objects is a group show of objects by artists that also have work in the POST flat files. Margaret Adachi, Marcus Adams, Daniel Aksten,Joe Amrhein, Deborah Aschheim, Michael Brewster, Maura Bendett, Joe Biel, Marcia Binnendyk,Dianna Cohen, Laurel Beckman, Christa Donner, Martin Durazo, Marcy Freedman, Samantha Fields, Robbert Flick, Jon Gintzler, Debbie Haun, Carmine Iannaccone, Seth Kaufman, Anders Lansing, Julia LatanÃ©, Charles Linder, Megan McManus, Leland Means, Michael Barton Miller, Roberto Molla, Susan Rankaitis, Roland Reiss, Rebecca Riess, Corey Stein, Jay-Gould Stuckey, Osvaldo Trujillo and others.
Reception: Saturday, September 21, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
DJ Crassus and Crixus, DJ Crassus and Crixus will spin at POST, on Saturday, September 21, 2002, 7-10PM.
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