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Still Talking About It
7/19/2018


Coin Cunts, vintage coin purses and thread by Suzanna Scott

Paradigm Gallery + Studio is pleased to announce two concurrent exhibitions: Still Standing, a solo show by Lauren Rinaldi, and Still Talking About It, a group exhibition of new works by Danielle Clough, Andrea Farina , and Suzanna Scott. On view from July 27, 2018 until September 15, 2018, Still Standing is a focused solo presentation of oil self-portraits, marking a continuation of Rinaldi’s representation of the female form through a personal lens. Still Talking About It, the group exhibition, brings together the works of Clough, Farina and Scott to explore the diversity of women’s collective experiences. Together, these distinct exhibitions explore the personal and universal struggles women face in today’s society.


Still Standing (detail), oil on canvas by Lauren Rinaldi

Still Standing includes twenty-four large and small scale paintings by Lauren Rinaldi. Rinaldi’s delicate brushstrokes and soft coloration do not mask the strength embedded in the portraiture. Most of the works in Still Standing are sourced stills from videos that Rinaldi takes of herself as she gets ready in the morning. These videos act as a basis for her work and help her convey the natural movement often missing from depictions of the female form. While Rinaldi’s portraits are modeled after her own body, they communicate stories of universal importance in our contemporary moment. Focusing closely on particular regions of the body––legs, heads, torsos––Rinaldi detaches the image from the self-portrait, instead offering psychological representations that manifest societal pressures that affect her as a woman, particularly as an artist, mother and civic leader. “These works deal with ideas about what it means to be a woman: the different roles we play, the different stages in our life, the different archetypes that are required of us and the different ways that we are expected to be. Not only expectations that are put on us, but our own expectations that we put on ourselves.” Rinaldi states.


Playgirls, embroidery thread on fabric by Danielle Clough

Also located in the gallery, Still Talking About It, a group exhibition of new works by Danielle Clough, Andrea Farina and Suzanna Scott, showcases the various ways in which contemporary textile art is used to represent the female form. All three artists use their work to explore inclusive ideas of womanhood and feminine identity. Clough’s stylized needlework begins with found vintage images of playboy models. Through her colorful, textured approach and layered dimension, she diverts these images’ original purpose by giving them a new space. Farina’s delicate embroidery on fabric depicts the female form from a more ambiguous approach. The thoughtful subtraction of identifying details creates a more universal figure. Finally, Scott brings twelve new sculptures to Still Talking About It as a part of her Coin Cunts series that she began in 2015. Found vintage silk and vinyl coin purses are turned inside-out and stitched to allude to the female anatomy. When discussing the series, Scott says, “A tease to the imagination, these transposed objects challenge our visual and cultural associations of women, money, and power." The series is meant to raise awareness about the social, political, and economic plights of women globally through the powerful imagery.


Cascade, thread on canvas by Andrea Farina

“We’ve organized Still Standing and Still Talking About It with these artists as a way to encourage a conversation that embraces women fully and without judgement. When we talk about the issues that the exhibitions revolve around, objectification, expectation, and inequality, we can find ourselves needing to take a deep breath and a step back. Exhaustion is involved, for sure, but these problems are important and we need to keep talking about them with strength behind our convictions,” says Gallery Co-Founder Sara McCorriston.
 
Still Standing:
a solo exhibition by Lauren Rinaldi

Still Talking About It:
a group exhibition by Danielle Clough, Suzanna Scott, and Andrea Farina

July 27 – September 15, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, July 27, 2018 5:30 – 10pm

CLOSING RECEPTION 
Friday, August 24th • 5:30pm - 10:00pm

EXHIBITION HOURS
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays • 12:00pm – 6:00pm
And 7 days a week by appointment: info@paradigm-gallery.com / (267)266-0073

LOCATION
Paradigm Gallery + Studio / 746 S. 4th Street, 1st Floor / Philadelphia, PA 19147

The 55th Annual Juried Competition
7/8/2018



I’m pleased to have my wall installation, Thumbs Down, included in the 55th Annual Juried Competition at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana. The museum’s annual event showcases contemporary artists throughout the United States of America working in a variety of mediums. This year’s curator is Joel Parsons, an artist and teacher based in Memphis, where he is the Director of Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College and Assistant Professor in the department of Art and Art History. His curatorial practice is often collaborative and driven by a desire to bring institutional resources to bear on conversations of equity and marginality. 

Participating Artists include John S. E. Alleyne (LA), David Andree (AR), Elizabeth Arden (PA), Ariel Baldwin (IL), LeeLee Brazeal (TX), Amelia Briggs (TN), Kristen Brown (CA), Jesse Butcher (TN), Susan Chambers (AR), Dean Dablow (LA), Douglas Degges (IL), Michael DeLuca (PA), William Dooley (AL), Leah Drake (SC), Ann Marie Fitzsimmons (NJ), Mark Gordon (NC), Robert Gordon (AR), Gao Hang (TX), William Hays (VT), Joseph Holsapple (LA), Gerard Huber (TX), Jennifer Hunt (SC), Manami Ishimura (TX), Perry Johnson (TN), Kevin Jones (LA), Hannah Kozlowski (WV), Neema Lal (NY), Francine LeClercq (NY), George Lorio (MD), Stacy Medaries (LA), PJ Mills (FL), Charles Mintz (OH), Lacy Mitcham (TN), Daniel Moore (LA), Joshua Newth (MO), Stefan Nodarse (IN), Alan Pocaro (IL), Pam Schmidt (CO), Robert Schwieger (IL), Suzanna Scott (LA), Courtney Sennish (CA), Parker Seward (AL), Ricky Sikes (LA), Juvana Soliven (HI), Corrie Steckelberg (MN), Melissa Wilkinson (AR), Liz Zanca (LA).
 
The 55th Annual Juried Competition
Masur Museum of Art
1400 South Grand Street, Monroe, LA 
July 12th — October 13th, 2018
Reception: Friday, Aug 24th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

The Vavengers
4/30/2018



A pair of my Coin Cunt prints will be featured in The Exhibition this month in London. This is an event sponsored by The Vavengers (vagina avengers), a creative community who raises awareness through the arts to tackle and end the practice of FGM (female genital mutilation).



The Exhibition is an evening featuring a variety of artwork based around the female form/experience and several musical performances. The aim is to use art as a vehicle to inspire discussion and bring creatives together to raise awareness for important social issues. All proceeds of The Exhibition will go towards the building of a fistula ward in SOS Mother & Child Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia where thousands of girls have been disregarded because of FGM inflicted injuries. A simple proceedure is needed to fix a fistula, yet millions of girls are being ostracised because of the lack of understanding and medical attention around the problem. The money raised will ensure girls are given the physical and emotional support required when suffering from a fistula.
 
The Exhibition
by The Vavengers
Unity Hall, 277A Upper Street, London
Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 6-10 pm
Tickets available here

Fantastic Fibers
4/10/2018


It’s an honor to have an installation of my Fiber Fetishes on display at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky as part Fantastic Fibers 2018. Opening this Friday, the show is an international juried exhibition that seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium. One of Yeiser Art Center’s most engaging, innovative & colorful international exhibits, Fantastic Fibers is an inspirational “must see” for fine artists, quilters and textile art enthusiasts across the globe.
 
This year’s juror, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, is a fiber artist whose experimental techniques and expressive interpretations have earned  him  an  international reputation. Arturo is one of Kentucky’s most original, influential and significant artists. Because he creates an extensive collection of work his artwork is everywhere. His work is in the collections of the New York City Museum of Modern Art’s Architecture and Design Collection, as well as galleries and private collections throughout the United States and the world.

The show began in 1987 as a wearable art show but has evolved over the years to include a compelling mix of traditional and non-traditional works created from natural or synthetic fibers, and work that addresses the subject or medium of fiber. The Fantastic Fibers exhibit is an American Quilter’s Society sanctioned event and selected works will be seen by thousands of viewers. Paducah becomes a Mecca for quilters and quilt enthusiasts each April as more than 30,000 visitors from across the globe attend AQS QuiltWeek. This year’s AQS QuiltWeek dates are April 18 – 21, 2018.
Fantastic Fibers
Yeiser Art Center
200 Broadway St, Paducah, KY
April 14 - June 9, 2018
Opening Reception: Apr 14th, 5-7 pm
 
Selected Artists 2018: Jackie Abrams, Dobree Adams, Philis Alvic, Eva Camacho, Marah Carpenter, Gray Caskey, Oxana Dallas, Jan Durham, Caryl Bryer, Jayne Gaskins, Caryl Gaubatz, Paula Giovanini-Morris, Sue Hale, Faith Humphry Hill, Ja Young Hwang, Marguerite Kellam, Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Mary Ellen Latino, Margaret Leininger, Niraja Lorenz, Margo Macdonald, Lawrence McKenney, Rebekah Miller, Patricia Mink, Chris Motley, Carey Netherton, Kathy Nida, Pat Pauly, Branka Radonic, Michael Rohde, Elizabeth Runyon, Tommye Scanlin, Beth Schnellenberger, Suzanna Scott, Jess Self, Ashley Smith, Tina Struthers, Jill Vendituoli, Beverly Walker, Wendy Weiss, Peggy Wiedemann

No Man's Land
2/26/2018


Here's another opportunity to view a collection of my Coin Cunt’s in No Man's Land opening this Friday at The Yard’s Collective in Rochester, NY.


Politits: Art Coalition is proud to announce our second annual exhibition focused on promoting artwork by those who have been historically under-represented throughout the arts, ‘No Man’s Land’. This year, we have accepted work from 40 international artists, focusing on pieces by female-identifying, POC, queer, trans and any other two-spirited folks, that celebrates diversity in practice and strength in vision. Curating a visually diverse, yet cohesive, show that offers much in the way of materiality and topic, we champion ourselves in offering space to artists from Rochester and beyond to exhibit their work without censorship. 
 
'No Man’s Land'
PolititsThe Yards Collective
50 Public Market Way, Rochester, NY
March 2 — March 21, 2018
Opening reception: March 2 @ 6-11 pm

The Bitters 2
2/19/2018


My wall installation, ’Thumbs Down’, is to be included in ‘The Bitters 2: We’re Fucked’ opening this weekend at Whitdel Arts in Detroit, Michigan. The exhibition will feature a cathartic array of work by over 30 artists from all over our stress-out country.
 
In times of cynicism, disgust and hopelessness, we look for outlets to express our frustrations, as well as our aspirations for action and change. We decided to take one of our favorite exhibitions and reboot it in this current time of disillusionment and subjective truth. "The Bitters 2: We’re Fucked" explores how we currently cope with lies, greed, conflict, inequality, and paranoia - with all the sarcasm, and overall disenchantment that made the first “The Bitters” exhibition so satisfying. 

While all ages are welcome, please know this exhibition might make you laugh, make you uncomfortable or even straight up make you angry. Not all work may be appropriate for young or sensitive viewers.
 


‘Thumbs Down’ is a not-so-subtle statement on our pussy-grabbing commander-in-chief who loves himself some good ratings and flashes a thumbs up wherever he goes. I cut the thumbs off of a variety of women’s leather gloves. By using gloves of various hues the thumbs represent the range of people who disapprove of the resentful, sexist, bigoted and hateful rhetoric by the president’s campaign and administration. Each ‘thumb’ has been placed on the wall with a T-pin, like a prized specimen of impotency. Stepping back we gaze on a diamond-shaped array of flaccid phalli. This visual display of bad ratings becomes a portal of united hope or at least it makes us chuckle and feel a little bit better for the moment.
 
The Bitters 2: “We’re Fucked”
Whitdel Arts / 1111 Bellevue St., Suite 110, Detroit, MI
Exhibition dates: February 23rd - April 14th, 2018 
Reception: February 23rd, 7-10pm
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