A very cool art exhibit at the Rosenberg Gallery closes this week:
Womens Work, an examination of female identity by artists Char Brooks and Annie Waldrop, will be presented in Goucher Colleges Rosenberg Gallery from Friday, August 27 through Friday, October 12. This exhibit, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during scheduled events in Kraushaar Auditorium. An artists reception will be held Thursday, September 20 6-8 p.m. Call 410-337-6333 for more information. By using materials traditionally associated with women to focus on subjects considered to be a womans domain, the artists aim to point out the inequities and contradictions of being female. Playing on the idea that fashion can make women sexier, slimmer, and more youthful, Brooks installations include lingerie and corsets that are crafted from unexpected materials such as panty liners and artificial sweeteners. Brooks craftsmanship and choice of materials complement the sly, trenchant message her artwork conveys about notions of feminine beauty. Waldrops sculptures and mixed-media installations use found objects to explore the dark sides of female relationships, domesticity, and nostalgia. Both Brooks and Waldrop continue a tradition of using personal voices and nontraditional materials to make pointed commentaries about female identity and other social constructs.
You can read more about the art and exhibit in Women’s Work an Essay by Cara Ober at BmoreArt and Citypaper’s In Her Views: Char Brooks And Annie Waldrop Deconstruct Femininity In Their Own Ways.