“Coquettish Modernisms” Art show opens Wednesday May 12th

“Coquettish Modernisms”

The Grand Opening is planned for Wednesday May 12, 2010. Solo show for

Ashley Gibbons.

Edgar Varela Fine Arts will be located at 102 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (5th and Main in DOWNTOWN LA)

The opening will take place from 5pm-9pm

Ashley Gibbons
Coquettish Modernisms

Utilizing quilting, lingerie and garment remnants to create images of women and the female form, I build a soft space with fabric to provoke hard dialogue. Contrasting delicate heirlooms with graphic images highlight and personify the dichotomy of a woman’s role.

Embroidery is the traditionally feminine act of recording and creating and the finished works are cherished by family members as heirlooms of blood ties. I use this delicate, personal technique to explore issues of sex, intimacy, female form, function, style, and gender roles: subjects not often discussed or recorded inside families. I hand embroider explicit, erotic tales – pathos of flesh and form. A dissonance between two kinds of women’s work?  Combining quilting, embroidery and adornment, I braid the stories of individuals into a larger framework of a collective.

I stretch lingerie across a canvas covered with screws and nails, covering the metal protrusions with the stressed delicate layers of panties and stockings. These intimate garments that lie beneath the exterior façade of the day’s fashion, convey mood, priority and function to the individual woman. The act of stretching them into contortions of their purpose reveals an intimate landscape of personal story and choice. The finished canvas tells a tale of color, fabric, preference, availability, challenging the viewers’ notions of references, preferences, and history with the contorted subjects.

I question how recording, collecting of private roles and choices transform the woman into public artifact. I question how the female form is consumed. I question how personal history intersects with mass produced items of supposed intimacy. I question the medium of dialogue within a family and to a greater audience. I seek to interpret one moment, one action into a new story, a new memory and a new framework.

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Special thank you to Lee Boek who will be pouring for our amazing generous wine sponsors http://www.freywine.com and http://www.magnanimuswines.com . Sulfate Free, Organic and Biodynamic wines from Mendocino County.