January 26 – February 24, 2017
Creative Growth Art Center presents Gender Bender, an exhibition featuring work by artists exploring the myriad ways we define and question, relish and refuse, and perform and transcend gender norms.
Some artists at Creative Growth challenge the very notion that a body can be categorized at all whereas others deal with the signs and symbols associated with gender roles. Casey Byrnes creates ceramic sculptures of naked figures with certain body parts unabashedly elongated while Terri Bowden’s portraits of public figures are made ambiguous by the addition of blond hair and rosy red lips. Similarly dealing with gender and the body, Aurie Ramirez depicts disembodied hands and feet with black painted nails and laden with bold jewelry, revamping universal appendages into a question of gender specificity.
Also featured, John Hiltunen’s signature collages cut from fashion magazines combine flawlessly dressed models with incongruent landscapes and surprisingly well-suited animal heads; the gendered signals of fashion are at once made apparent and odd. Others, like John Martin’s graphic truck with bold type, Heather Edgar’s luscious make-up kit, and Juan Aguilera’s vibrant painting of underwear with female reproductive organs, illustrate how the objects we encounter in the everyday are often subtly infused with gendered ideas.
VIEWING ROOM: Ron Veasey
Upstairs in the viewing room discover Ron Veasey’s large-scale portraits. Some regal and elegant while others feel eerie and ambiguous, these stylized portraits illustrate Veasey’s unique capacity to depict the subtleties of human expression with minimal visual information.
THURSDAY January 26
MEMBERS’ PREVIEW: 11AM – 2PM
MAIN EVENT: 5PM – 8PM
LIVE MUSIC by CELLO JOE
BAR + SNACKS