Giddy re-interprets western iconography through the use of forms, textures, and colors found in cartoons, toys, and souvenirs like Barbie, Hot Wheels, and gas station fridge magnets. These sources of inspiration often perpetuate a constructed gender binary that uses masculine and feminine codes to illustrate a culturally acceptable expectation of gender performance. In this body of work, I manipulate the aesthetics that I was drawn to as an effeminate child; sequins, pink, gloss, etc. Through this lens, I contextualize these elements to create an idealized version of a gender neutral, queer friendly western landscape. This work functions as a boxed set complete with a leading character equipped with numerous accessories.
Giddy took place at Frontier Space in Missoula, Montana on September 28th, 2018.
Due Diligence is a selection of current work by artists Jon Green, Padyn Humble, Erin Langley, Josh Masias, and KT Powell. This work was on display in the UC Gallery on the University of Montana campus from January 23rd - February 22nd 2018.
(Work from Padyn)
WINNERWINNERWINNER, video, Big Buck Hunter arcade game, latex paint, glitter, upholstery trim, plastic ribbons.
Critical Hit +100, lawn decoration, paper mache, carpet foam, trophy tops, latex paint, astro turn, glitter.
These artists use due diligence as a method of artistic strategy. There is a balance developed between intuitive experimentation and systematic problem solving. By performing due diligence in the studio, these artists enhance the quality and quantity of accessible ideas that inform their art.
Using these approaches in their work, this group maintains an ongoing conversation between visceral, bodily responses to color and material and more logical, calculated decisions regarding form. The work shown here is a representation of the varied ways in which these artists employ due diligence as an impetus for investigation, expression, understanding, and further research.
All-Too was an exhibition I curated to showcase multi-media work of 8 female artists. The show included video, painting, sculpture, ceramics, installation, performance, photography, and drawing. Much of the work was installed to incorporate the space that was generously donated for this one night exhibition on December 1st, 2017.
The artists include: