Immediate Female at Judith Charles Gallery
by Lap Le
Works by these artists and their collective presentation expand our understanding of contemporary art by questioning the usual categories of art and art-making. The immediacy of their work encourages a more complex understanding of the art of our time and current thinking on art and gender. Many of the artists participating in Immediate Female have exhibited work in contemporary exhibitions for venerable art institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, Documenta, Mass MoCA, Museu d'Art Contemporani Barcelona and the Studio Museum of Harlem.
Immediate Female presents a highly diverse group of artists working in a wide range of different media. Jen Catron's indulgent and fantastical installation-performances and objects create and redefine the nature of audience participation and viewer experience while often commenting on the art world and our material culture. Caitlin Cherry's new installation uses laser beam technology to depict a world where even museums and art galleries are militarized zones. This project grew out of the works she created for the Brooklyn Museum's Raw/Cooked series (2013) inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's sketches of weapons. Dana Sherwood's work, like many of the artists in Immediate Female, can be read as subversive takes on the domestic. Sherwood's drawings often directly reference moments recorded when her work enters a world outside of the gallery and the art world.
The language of art beyond the conceptual is also apparent in the exhibition. Sculptors are defending materiality with undertones of the feminine like Irini Miga's use of porcelain compared to Sarah Anderson's and Genesis Belanger's use of materials often associated with men. Painters are delving deep into the painting discussion, works by Heidi Hahn, Dani Orchard and Nikki Maloof highlight the historical significance and the immediate relevance of the use of the figure and ideas out of modernism, while Justine Hill explores ideas born in postmodern abstraction.
The full list of artists included in this exhibition are: Sarah Anderson, Irina Arnaut, Itziar Barrio, Genesis Belanger, Jen Catron, Caitlin Cherry, Natalee Clayton, Amanda Dandeneau, Katya Grokhovsky, Heidi Hahn, Justine Hill, Seung Huh, Mira Hunter, Tamara Johnson, Maria Lynch, Nikki Maloof, Irini Miga, Danielle Orchard, Amanda Pohan, Sarah Reynolds, Shellyne Rodriguez and Dana Sherwood.
In conjunction with the exhibition the gallery will host a panel discussion, moderated by Alexis Lowry Murray, Curator of the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University,with curators, dealers and auction house specialists. The event will take place February 18th, 2015, at 7pm.
There will also be evening of performances at the culmination of the show, with full details to be announced shortly. For further information, contact Robert Dimin at 212-219-4095 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.