Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Divisadero Community Gallery
Divisadero Corridor Community Gallery presents: Her
Where: 537 Divisadero San Francisco
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 11th, 2008: 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
Featuring: Stevie Verroca, Art Van Kampen, and Aubrienne Greene
In collaboration with: Danni Spinks, Bob Mcintyre, The Other Shop, and On the Corner
Curated by Jayna Swartzman; Assistant Curator: Garret Brosky.
Divisidero Community Gallery presents Her, a group exhibition featuring painting, photography, print, text, t-shirt design and home-grown cuisine. Her - as subjective pronoun and indicative object - explores the actuality of “woman” as a person and the concept of “woman” as a symbol of beauty and desire.
Trained as a fashion photographer, Stevie Verroca translates vanity and commercialism into transcendental meditations on identity and place. In this series, Verroca focuses on the “fashionable woman”. A female figure, fitted in Marc Jacobs, traverses the moniker of Motherhood- Nature- only to discover, in her infinite horizons, a boundless and Martian indifference.
In an additional series, lust inevitably leads to repression and the Adult Section becomes the Confessional. Searing Biblical tradition, Van Kampen rediscovers Eve as a wholly liberated individual, the apple biter – the rebel.
While printmaking is traditionally associated with mass reproduction and commercial spectacle, Aubrienne Greene’s self portraits redefines this practice through personal narrative. Through solipsism, she embraces both her extant beauty and her inner depth.
Supplementing the artwork on opening night only, local t-shirt designer Danni Spinks will collaborate with writer/comedian Bob Mcintyre, to channel a distant and difficult relationship through “Tina.” Bob’s wayward alter ego will materialize through puffy-paint and text to remind us that there’s a little Tina in everyone. In response to Freudian analysis and commodity fetishism, the curator has invited members of The Other Shop collective to contribute memorabilia and vintage collectibles, time honored by theoreticians as surrogates for oedipal desire and castration anxiety. Of course the objects are for sale; the women are not.