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Bitter Fruits at  altered|esthetics www.alteredesthetics.com

Opening reception Friday February 1st 2008 7pm-10pm

Show Runs January 31-February 28 2008

The history of art has largely been written by works that resulted from and served to perpetuate the male gaze. These works tell us a great deal about the roles women have played in art and society, and also about how women are viewed today. Altered Esthetic's February exhibition, Bitter Fruit, will examine how contemporary artists--both male and female--deal with this shared history, and where it has left us. We hope to illuminate the issue through a selection of work that comments not only upon this history, but upon the possibility of a future located outside the conventional narrative history of art.

Artist Statement

Michele, Theme and Variation

In this series I was concerned with the way an image looks with different background and foreground colors.  I chose this print to work with because I liked the graphic potential of the black and white original print.  For me this series is about contrasts, in both color, tone, and subject matter treatment.  Women are generally treated as soft yet I have used the wood cut print with harsh craving to portray her in a bold pose.  Her skin tone is left as the white of the paper for maximum contrast. 

 In art school we are trained to study the model, be it a woman, man, or paper bag with a disinterested gaze to capture the visual information and put it on paper.  In the real world it is almost impossible to be disinterested.  Michele stands arms akimbo and stares at us from the print with confidence.  I stare back and change the color.

   
  "Michele-A", 11.25"x8.25", Wood Cut Print, One color print, 2008, Edition of 10  
"Michele-B", 11.25"x8.25", Wood Cut Print, Two color print, 2008, Edition of 10 "Michele-C", 11.25"x8.25", Wood Cut Print, Two color print, 2008, Edition of 10 Michele-D", 11.25"x8.25", Wood Cut Print, Two color print, 2008, Edition of 10
Michele-E", 11.25"x8.25", Wood Cut Print, Two color print, 2008, Edition of 10 Michele-F", 11.25"x8.25", Wood Cut Print, Two color print, 2008, Edition of 10 Michele-G", 11.25"x8.25", Wood Cut Print, Two color print, 2008, Edition of 10
Michele-H", 11.25"x8.25", Wood Cut Print, Two color print, 2008, Edition of 10 Michele-I", 11.25"x8.25", Wood Cut Print, Two color print, 2008, Edition of 10 Michele-J", 11.25"x8.25", Wood Cut Print, Two color print, 2008, Edition of 10
 

 

 

 

 

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