Looking Out, Looking In
March 3 - March 24, 2010
This exhibition brings together portraits by women artists that go beyond the surface of the face to seek an inner identity, an identity that is not reflected exclusively in representational images of people, but in objects that capture the spirit of an individual through symbolic means. The work also ranges in scope from self-portraiture, to observations of people to whom the artist has little personal connection. Materials used range from oil paints and pastels to found objects and video.
Looking Out, Looking In strives to expresses how objective and subjective methods are applied by these artists simultaneously during the creative process. Give and take in the manipulation of materials, whether elements of collage, or paint applied to a canvas becomes an act of discovery - and a revelation of self though art.
Born in decades from the 1920s to the 1990s, the radical change these women witnessed in technology and culture is certainly reflected in their work. But their basic concerns are timeless. What has interested people forever is other people. From an infant's prime focus on its mother's eyes, to our desire for the distorted image of a friend hunched over a computer screen in a Skype video, we are endlessly fascinated by how we are reflected in the eyes of others.
Madeline Sorel, curator
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