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INSTALLATION VIEWS

Womanhouse

Womanhouse

Womanhouse

Womanhouse

Womanhouse

Womanhouse

Womanhouse

Womanhouse

Womanhouse

Womanhouse

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Womanhouse

Womanhouse

Womanhouse

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Womanhouse

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PRESS RELEASE

Womanhouse
May 23 – June 14, 2015
Opening Reception: May 23rd, 6 – 9 PM

Nina Chanel Abney, Joa Baldinger, Sarah Braman, Julia Chiang, Judy Chicago, Evie Falci, Orly Genger, Maya Hayuk, Misaki Kawai, Maia Ruth Lee, Keiko Narahashi, Amanda Ross-Ho, Miriam Shapiro, Shinique Smith, Agathe Snow, Jen Stark, Jessica Stockholder, Despina Stokou, Vadis Turner, Wendy White, and Chloe Wise

East Hampton, NY: Eric Firestone Gallery is pleased to announce Womanhouse, a group exhibition curated by Eric Firestone and Michelle Tillou, featuring twenty-one female artists. This exhibition focuses on each artist’s practice, celebrating the aesthetic and formal qualities of their work. Referencing past precedents of feminist art, installation, performance, and ideology, the artworks in the show present an expanded visual language that has resulted from a more inclusive art world, shaped in part by the social movements of the 1970’s, thereby paying homage to a generation who has paved the way for contemporary female expression.

The original 1972 Womanhouse project was organized by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, who founded the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Feminist Art Program. Womanhouse was conceived by a member of Chicago and Schapiro’s program staff, art historian Paula Harper, who The New York Times celebrated as “the first [of] art historians to bring a feminist perspective to the study of painting and sculpture.” By taking over and remodeling a deserted Hollywood mansion, the artists behind the original Womanhouse aimed to confront social issues through physical labor, while they learned how to renovate their dilapidated home. Chicago and Schapiro encouraged their students to step outside of constructed gender roles and challenge their identities as artists.

Two works from Judy Chicago’s Dome series are included in this exhibition. In these works, Chicago implements a formalist approach to color and transcribes the visual into a reduced vocabulary of geometric shapes. Although work from this period is often attributed to her struggle to compete with men of the art world, her play with composition anticipates her later work, in which she reconciles her gender and sexuality in an imbalanced social hierarchy.

Also on view is a piece from Miriam Schapiro’s development of “femmage,” a conflation of textile arts and painting as a response to the modernist collage style,papier collé. The Beauty of Summer, 1973-74, depicts an expansive floral landscape pieced together by glue and fabric. By repurposing material considered feminine, Schapiro transformed the canvas’ surface into an icon of female empowerment, confronting sexism while dignifying female labor.

The work collected in Womanhouse (2015) is inspired in part by Chicago and Schapiro’s commitment to dignifying material and labor within an art practice. Such as in Sarah Braman’s work, where medium gives rise to form as plexi and steel are combined with mundane objects to make new constructions that feel counterintuitive, yet remain translucent and light. Similarly, Agathe Snow uses industrial materials such as fiberglass, pegboard and steel resulting in refined works that speak of environmental and moral decay, giving new life to the factory-made materials she uses in her assemblages.

Womanhouse (2015) will feature work by Nina Chanel Abney, Joa Baldinger, Sarah Braman, Julia Chiang, Judy Chicago, Evie Falci, Orly Genger, Maya Hayuk, Misaki Kawai, Maia Ruth Lee, Keiko Narahashi, Amanda Ross-Ho, Miriam Shapiro, Shinique Smith, Agathe Snow, Jen Stark, Jessica Stockholder, Despina Stokou, Vadis Turner, Wendy White, and Chloe Wise.


SELECTED WORKS

Miriam Schapiro, The Beauty of Summer, 1973-74, Acrylic and Fabric on Canvas 50 x 70 in, MSCHA001

Miriam Schapiro, The Beauty of Summer, 1973-74, Acrylic and Fabric on Canvas 50 x 70 in, MSCHA001

Wendy White, And..., 2015, Acrylic on Canvas, Pleiglass and PVC Frame,  22 x 19 in, WWHI002

Wendy White, And..., 2015, Acrylic on Canvas, Pleiglass and PVC Frame, 22 x 19 in, WWHI002

Nina Chanel Abney, Checks Cashed, 2015, Ultra Chrome Pigmented Print, Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas 56 x 56 in, NCA002

Nina Chanel Abney, Checks Cashed, 2015, Ultra Chrome Pigmented Print, Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas 56 x 56 in, NCA002

Shinique Smith, Bale Varient No. 0023 (Totem), 2014, Clothing, Fabric Twine and Wood, 96 x 20 x 20 in, SSMI001

Shinique Smith, Bale Varient No. 0023 (Totem), 2014, Clothing, Fabric Twine and Wood, 96 x 20 x 20 in, SSMI001

Agathe Snow, Peggy Sue, 2015, acrylic, peg board, and steel 47 x 34 in, ASNO002

Agathe Snow, Peggy Sue, 2015, acrylic, peg board, and steel 47 x 34 in, ASNO002

Amanda Ross-Ho, Untitled Material Test (GOLDEN CROISSANT), 2012, acrylic, graphite, and single earring on raw canvas, 18 x 24 in, ARH001

Amanda Ross-Ho, Untitled Material Test (GOLDEN CROISSANT), 2012, acrylic, graphite, and single earring on raw canvas, 18 x 24 in, ARH001

Chloe Wise, You're Going to Die Cute, 2015, oil paint, urethane, cream cartons, ceramic plate, leather, and chain, CWIS001

Chloe Wise, You're Going to Die Cute, 2015, oil paint, urethane, cream cartons, ceramic plate, leather, and chain, CWIS001

Despina Stokou, Emojis Iphone, 2015, charcoal and collage on canvas, 72 x 48 in, DST007

Despina Stokou, Emojis Iphone, 2015, charcoal and collage on canvas, 72 x 48 in, DST007

Evie Falci, TANNIN, 2015, metal studs on leather, 44 x 40 in, EFAL010

Evie Falci, TANNIN, 2015, metal studs on leather, 44 x 40 in, EFAL010

Jen Stark, Push & Pull, 2015, acrylic paint on MDF, variable size, JSTK021

Jen Stark, Push & Pull, 2015, acrylic paint on MDF, variable size, JSTK021

Jen Stark, Cosmic Shift, 2015, hand-cut acid-free colored paper, foam board, glue, acrylic, wood, varnish, 25 x 27 x 24 in, JSTK010

Jen Stark, Cosmic Shift, 2015, hand-cut acid-free colored paper, foam board, glue, acrylic, wood, varnish, 25 x 27 x 24 in, JSTK010

Jessica Stockholder, 2011, leather, wooden fan blades, hardware, wire mesh, plastic parts, oil and acrylic paint, 23 x 17 x 7.5

Jessica Stockholder, 2011, leather, wooden fan blades, hardware, wire mesh, plastic parts, oil and acrylic paint, 23 x 17 x 7.5

Joa Baldinger, Untitled (To Frank Sinatra), 2008, oil on copper, 18 x 18 in, JOA001

Joa Baldinger, Untitled (To Frank Sinatra), 2008, oil on copper, 18 x 18 in, JOA001

Judy Chicago, Dome Drawing 5, 1968, prismacolor on paper, 27.5 x 27.5 in, JCHI001

Judy Chicago, Dome Drawing 5, 1968, prismacolor on paper, 27.5 x 27.5 in, JCHI001

Julia Chiang, almost almost almost, 2014, acrylic on wood panel, 24 x 24 in, JCH007

Julia Chiang, almost almost almost, 2014, acrylic on wood panel, 24 x 24 in, JCH007

Keiko Narahashi, Untitled, 2015, glazed ceramic, 13.5 x 10 x 7 in, KNAR005

Keiko Narahashi, Untitled, 2015, glazed ceramic, 13.5 x 10 x 7 in, KNAR005

Keiko Narahashi, Untitled, 2015, glazed ceramic, oil, wax, 10 x 9 x 13 in, KNAR002

Keiko Narahashi, Untitled, 2015, glazed ceramic, oil, wax, 10 x 9 x 13 in, KNAR002

Keiko Narahashi, Untitled, 2015, glazed ceramic, 17 x 7 x 8 in, KNAR004

Keiko Narahashi, Untitled, 2015, glazed ceramic, 17 x 7 x 8 in, KNAR004

Keiko Narahashi, Untitled, 2015, glazed ceramic, 13 x 9.5 x 5.5 in, KNAR003

Keiko Narahashi, Untitled, 2015, glazed ceramic, 13 x 9.5 x 5.5 in, KNAR003

Keiko Narahashi, Untitled, 2015, glazed ceramic, 10 x 10 x 4.5 in, KNAR006

Keiko Narahashi, Untitled, 2015, glazed ceramic, 10 x 10 x 4.5 in, KNAR006

Keiko Narahashi, Untitled, 2015, glazed ceramic, 13 x 10.5 x 8 in, KNAR001

Keiko Narahashi, Untitled, 2015, glazed ceramic, 13 x 10.5 x 8 in, KNAR001

Maia Ruth Lee, The Ethics of Dust, 2015, assorted bandages on canvas, 44 x 27 in, MRL001

Maia Ruth Lee, The Ethics of Dust, 2015, assorted bandages on canvas, 44 x 27 in, MRL001

Maya Hayuk, Chemical Light, 2015, acrylic on panel, 48 x 36 in, MHAY001

Maya Hayuk, Chemical Light, 2015, acrylic on panel, 48 x 36 in, MHAY001

Misaki Kawai, Traffic Gang, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48 in, MKAW060

Misaki Kawai, Traffic Gang, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48 in, MKAW060

Nina Chanel Abney, Checks Cashed, 2015, ultra chrome pigmented print, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 56 x 56 in, NCA002

Nina Chanel Abney, Checks Cashed, 2015, ultra chrome pigmented print, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 56 x 56 in, NCA002

Nina Chanel Abney, Sorry We're Closed, 2015 ultra chrome pigmented print, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 48 x 36 in, NCA001

Nina Chanel Abney, Sorry We're Closed, 2015 ultra chrome pigmented print, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 48 x 36 in, NCA001

Sarah Braman, July Dinner, 2015, Glass, Stainless Steel, Dining Table, 60 x 48 x 36 in, SBRAM001

Sarah Braman, July Dinner, 2015, Glass, Stainless Steel, Dining Table, 60 x 48 x 36 in, SBRAM001

Vadis Turner, Impetus, 2015, plexi, ribbon and acrylic resin, 36 x 48 in, TUR007

Vadis Turner, Impetus, 2015, plexi, ribbon and acrylic resin, 36 x 48 in, TUR007



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