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Winged Woman: Three Perspectives
On View at The Painted Bride: March 20 – April 11, 2018
Presented by InLiquid
Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 5-7pm
Featuring: Andrea Caldarise, Nancy Halbert, Sutton Hays
Winged Woman: Three Perspectives extends an examination of artist Arlene Love’s work through the multimedia drawing and painting of three particular makers: Andrea Caldarise, Nancy Halbert and Sutton Hays. As a group, they display a confluence of insistently personal methods and allusions to influential systems from without. Their practices are useful parallels to Love’s; her works in the accompanying exhibition produce social critique in referencing hegemonic symbolic structures – like certain fashion or religious iconography – while being composed of expressive, powerfully raw mark making. The results are both alluring and discomfiting. Likewise, Caldarise, Halbert, and Hays unite in representing multiple positions at once. A partial log of their subject matter reveals their attention to both interior and exterior, to surface and the unseen: sequences in the landscape, human bodies, parallel dimensions, and decorative patterning are a few. While there is a sense that something particular fixes their attention, their images often boil over with organized excess. They each make space to represent the piling up of information and material existing in the orbit of clarity. In the context of Love’s work that focuses on how the body and its image can be captured and energized, the artists in this exhibition bring intense focus to some of the peripheral forces that mold consciousness at a given moment.