Island Girls – June 2015

 No man may be an island, but in the art world, a woman often is.

bG Gallery presents works by women exploring solitude: Paradise or Isolation?

Sofia Arreguin PaintballSFA Archival Pigment 20x25 in print size
Sofia Arreguin

Date: June 13th-early July

Opening Reception: June 13th 5-8pm

Curators: Shaye Nelson and Nancy Larrew

Artists: Wangechi Mutu, Sue Wong, Madam X, Cathy Weiss, Linda Vallejo, Megan Whitmarsh, Kristine Schomaker, Sarah Stieber, Linda Smith, Erin Reiter, Courtney Reid, Gay Summer Rick, Allie Pohl, Trinity Martin, Nancy Larrew, Michelle Lilly, Mia Loucks, Kate Jackson, Brenda Jamrus, Simone Gad, Carol Friedman, MK Decca, Wini Brewer, Terri Berman, Nora Berman, Sofia Arreguin.

Historically, artists have relieved long hours of isolation in the company of their peers. The Ashcan School, the School of Paris, and New York’s mass of Post-War Abstract Expressionists are all examples of such camaraderie. But few, if any, women artists are found in the photos, records, and collections relating to these movements.Excluded from the society of their male counterparts, women artists can find their work dismissed as an avocation, a hobby, a squandering of time.Marriage, motherhood and society’s expectations might exhaust creative energy or worse, stifle it. Just like other working women, female artists can feel compelled to choose between family and career.No matter what path the female artist chooses, when she ventures out of the confinement of her studio to artists’ gatherings, galleries and museums, she will frequently find herself alone in a sea of men. The works these women create suggest a range of emotions in response to their position: anger, contentment, defiance, detached amusement and quiet introspection.Every work is a message in a bottle from an Island Girl.

 
 
Erin Reiter
CathyWeiss Beyond 2015 93x 37x 5
Cathy Weiss
 

Nora Berman
Nora Berman
 
Kate Jackson
Kate Jackson
 
 
Location: bG Gallery at Bergamot Station2525 Michigan Avenue, Space G8Santa Monica, CA 9040Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 am- 6:00 pm.Often open on Sunday but call first to confirm.Contact Info: Telephone 310-906-4211Email info@bgartdealings.comWebsite www.bgArtGalleries.com