The New Bitch: Twilight of the Idols
Curated by Michele Basora
Exhibition on view: September 4 - October 4, 2014
Participating Artists: Gregory Jacobsen, Katie Cercone, Amy Chaiklin, Christina Dallas, Dawn Frasch, Michele Basora, Elisa Garcia de la Huerta, Rebecca Goyette, Hein Koh
The New Bitch: Twilight of the Idols presents the work of several artists whose work promotes a new feminist ideal of beauty, characterized alternately by use of the painterly figure as a cipher for personification, or as means of depicting hellish scenes that cast a shadow on the dimensions of identity crisis and the human condition as vulnerable or vibrant flesh; tapestries that commingle culturally loaded tropes of female production; sculptures that depict an ambivalence between libidinal pleasure and nightmare; drawings depicting spirit realms in which mythical figures emerging out of pre-Modern American history reflect the need for intimacy with the unknown; photographic portraits of persons connecting to the mysterious gestures construed as related to urban social groups or secret societies. Each of these artists envelops us in a different expression, but all of them comprehend and appreciate what it means to be a 'bitch,' an idiosyncratically transgressive force for change operating at the edge of human knowledge.