|Design credit Max Batt|
In other exciting news, I just saw a new review of our show at Marx and Zavattero by Sura Wood at the Bay Area Reporter "Coming soon to a gallery near you". It's so nice to get some press action!
Marx & Zavattero: Fabrications. Women rule in this intriguing group exhibition of works on paper by five female provocateurs. Critiquing society, fashion, women's roles and media images, Melissa Manfull, Taravat Talepasand, Serena Cole, and gay artists Jennifer Celio and Libby Black traffic in fantasy rooted in sober reality. Iranian-American Talepasand goes for the jugular with "Death to Bitches," a graphic depiction of a male executioner wielding a sword in one hand, and clutching the heads of two decapitated women by their hair in another.
Black and Cole satirize the tyranny of fashion, albeit in their ow
In Cole's "Burning Down the World I," a fetching willowy model in fashionable military garb, the tails of her jacket blowing in the breeze, poses triumphantly next to a flaming bush. Cole's coltish girl with giraffe-patterned tights and reddened eyes standing at the edge of a forest clearing in "I'm an Animal I," and what looks like the same model unmasked, sullen and skinny in a tank top and lank hair in "I'm an Animal II," are simultaneously seductive and troubling, which is, after all, the point.
See more from Libby in a post I made about her show at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art here.