February 28-April 4, 2014
Gallery Talk with Gwen Hardie, Tuesday, March 11, 2pm Smoyer Gallery
Opening Reception, Friday, March 14, 6-8pm
Tif Robinette Performance, Friday, March 14, Performance throughout the evening's reception
Tif Robinette, Little Deaths 2 ,2013, fabric based sculpture
"When squeezed hard enough into an unnatural and idealized form, far more monstrous bits slip out through the cracks. These abject components of the human psyche are the stuff I empathize with, nurture, and beautify." -Tif Robinette
Through performance, objects, documents, texts, and drawings, Robinette aggressively clashes sacred and abject narratives from everyday rituals and reimagined ancient practices. The artist's work is a combination of bourgeois sensibility in engorged forms, where she creates hyper-sexed objects, born out of excess and a perversion of good taste.
Utilizing personal narratives of feminine mythology, family, and dreams, Robinette explores the natural cycles of eating and excrement, beauty and vulgarity, desire and lust. Playful encounters with materials prompt the artists' explorations of spaces and actions to heighten the clash of the grotesque and the beautiful.
Consume/ated will showcase the artists latest works including sculpture, photography and video, as well as viewer participation works. Robinette will be performing throughout the evening of the opening reception.
Body 8.29.13, 2013, Gwen Hardie
Observing from life, New York artist Gwen Hardie's work incorporates aspects of classical painting and color theory to create ambiguous paintings of epidermal landscapes. With the use of natural light and herself as the source and subject matter, the artist amplifies the depths of a small area of skin in a large scale format. Hardie's work is driven by the requisite to "unearth multiple associations and feelings with minimal information. The emphasis on skin and what lies just underneath becomes a metaphor for emotional depths pushing towards the surface".
Gwen Hardie was born and educated in Scotland and has lived and worked in London and Berlin before settling in New York City in 2000. Hardie has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Garis and Hahn, New York and The Royal Hibernium Academy, Dublin in shows about Depictions of Skin along with artists such as John Coplans and Marlene Dumas. Upcoming shows include "A Harsh reality, Modern and Contemporary Painting" at The Sainsbury Centre in Norwich, England, in September 2014 along with Lucien Freud, Peter Doig, Jenny Saville and others. Her work has been reviewed in UK and US publications such as Art In America, The New York Times, The Glasgow Herald, The New Yorker, The Sunday Herald, Contemporary Visual Art, Time Out, The Scotsman, and The Independent. Her work is also in private and public collections which include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, British Council, London, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, and the Gulbenkian Collection, Lisbon.
http://www.blurb.com/books/5008750-s-k-i-n-d-e-e-p-gwen-hardie To purchase a copy of Gwen Hardie's book Skin Deep online
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