Exhibition: Pest and the profound.
With: 2 local art friends
Where: Artizan Gallery, Torquay
When: 31st July, 2019
Curator / Artist: Sarah Vaci
Location and setting atmosphere:
* Good to see the pieces hanging in the middle of the space to allow viewers to move all around the pieces.
- In a well frequented place
- Enough space for all the pieces.
1 wish: A few more pieces related to the ‘Pest’ project.
Example of work.
- Speaking to Sarah when she arrived unexpectedly about the underlying concepts . As her feminism roots are deep and this triptych subverts ‘iconic masculinity through the soft, feminine, organic nature of fibre.’ ( Press release), I asked her if we can talk about it some time. She will be exhibiting again in mid-September so I have arranged to talk to her about it then.
- Having magnifying glasses provided to see the larvae pupate and eat away at the pieces.
- seeing her other work which involves sculpture and photography.
What I took away with me about the work:
It was good to see so many concepts in one piece: corruption, gender politics / subverting masculinity through historically feminine textiles, power and gender identity, dynamic art work.
It explores power and death, beauty and disgust.
The dystopian tribute portraits, placed in double-sided frames which allow the insects to breathe but not escape (another concept here – the death cannot go beyond the frames?)
The decay is recorded via time-lapse photography – great idea. Who will go first: the piece or the Pests?
What I took away with me about me:
I need to see power in simplicity in my work.
Notes & next steps:
Write to Sarah about the femininity angle of her work. I was surprised she had not heard of Abigail Solomon-Godeau.
I am investigating feminism from Godeau – once I am armed with that rhetoric, I shall try to discuss it with Vici.