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A Look at Self Portraiture- SELF REFLECTION at The Untitled Space

Self portraiture requires that artists strip down their practice, challenging themselves by showing the world their raison d’être- using only themselves as the visual language. Some are wildly successful (Cindy Sherman, obvi) and others just look narcissistic. Indira Cesarine of the Untitled Space and Coco Dolle have co-curated an exhibition of 21 female artists who adopt the former- using self portraiture as a tool to bare their true oeuvres- including ThreeAsFour favorite ANGE, and another personal fave- Sophia Wallace. The opening is Tuesday night, but the show runs through Oct 8.

Featured in "SELF REFLECTION" Exhibit, Untitled Space Gallery, New York

Featured in “SELF REFLECTION” Exhibit, Untitled Space Gallery, New York

SELF REFLECTION
A Group Show of 21 Female Artists Addressing Self-Portraiture
Curated by Indira Cesarine and Coco Dolle

OPENING RECEPTION
September 27th | 6pm – 9pm

EXHIBITION ON VIEW
September 27 – October 8 | 10am – 6pm

THE UNTITLED SPACE GALLERY

45 Lispenard Street Unit 1W NYC 10013

Featured in "SELF REFLECTION" Exhibit, Untitled Space Gallery, New York

Featured in “SELF REFLECTION” Exhibit, Untitled Space Gallery, New York

Exhibiting artists include: Ahn Sun Mi, Alexa Meade, Andrea Mary Marshall, ANGE, Coco Dolle, Carol-Anne McFarlane, Cornelia Hediger, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Erin M. Riley, Hiba Schahbaz, Indira Cesarine, Karen Bystedt, KESH, Leah Schrager, Marie Tomanova, Meredith Ostrom, Natalie White, Polly Penrose, Rebecca Dayan, Sarah Maple, and Sophia Wallace.

Featured in "SELF REFLECTION" Exhibit, Untitled Space Gallery, New York

Featured in “SELF REFLECTION” Exhibit, Untitled Space Gallery, New York

The Untitled Space is pleased to present SELF REFLECTION, an exhibition of 21 female artists addressing self-portraiture. Curated by Indira Cesarine and Coco Dolle, the exhibit will be on view from September 27 – October 8, 2016, and includes works of photography, painting, tapestry, collage, mixed media and video. Using their own bodies as vehicles, the artists featured in SELF REFLECTION contemplate, as both creator and subject, contemporary issues of gender, identity, sexuality, body image, censorship, and self-liberation. Through their own process, be it autobiographical, metaphorical or inspired by performance and impersonation, these artists present visual narratives that interrogate social, cultural and political dialogues. Self-portrayal becomes a means to address the personal as political via self-reflection and reinvention, tackling conventional notions of female image and taboo.

Featured in "SELF REFLECTION" Exhibit, Untitled Space Gallery, New York

Featured in “SELF REFLECTION” Exhibit, Untitled Space Gallery, New York

The self-portrait has been a staple of art history for centuries, defining our social and political climate and a reflection on contemporary culture. In the past few decades the self-portrait has evolved into a much larger dialogue, largely due to the cultural shift to electronic communication and popularity of social media.  In an age where the selfie has become a prominent means of self expression, SELF REFLECTION presents contemporary female artists that are not merely using their mobile devices to self promote, but work with self-portraiture as a means to present their own inner dialogue, confronting the human condition through varied artistic mediums. Through diverse methods such as tea painting, watercolors, collage, medium format and Polaroid photography as well as wool tapestry weaving, these artists take the self-portrait beyond its classic definition. They present themselves in their own terms, using their imagination to expand upon dual roles of creator and subject, artist and performer. They interrogate stereotypes of woman as mother, wife, lover or sexual object in works that are at once compelling narratives. Their image becomes their canvas, a tool for self-examination and cultural contemplation.

“Historically women have used self-portraiture as a means to address their own identity in relationship to contemporary society and social constructs. The artists featured in SELF REFLECTION, using their own body as catalyst, metaphorically regurgitate the stereotypes enforced upon women and address not only their own personal conflicts, but psychological and political conflicts of women at large, using their own likeness as a tool for enlightenment. In light of the modern day obsession with the selfie, it is important to turn an eye on the work of contemporary female artists who address self-portraiture, not with self promotion in mind, but to interrogate contemporary society and the social and political values we grapple with.”  -Curator Indira Cesarine

“I have worked with my own likeness since the early nude paintings from the 1970’s through large naked images of myself done more than 30 years later.  I like to explore my body as it changes with time. The recent ongoing series of composite photos titled GRACE DELVING INTO ART shows me interacting/reacting with well-known artworks in galleries and museums all over the world. I am naked, climbing, riding, lying down besides or weaving myself in specific artworks from the history of art. The interactions with the artworks are usually humorous, sometimes poignant and often deal with issues such as sexism, ageism, museum policy and the way we react to art, the nude, performance and even what is art?” – Artist Grace Graupe Pillard

“I think today there are many women using self-portraiture because we are tired of being told by the media, society and religion etc, who we should be or what we should look like. I think by photographing ourselves we are reclaiming our image and finally controlling how we want to be seen in the world.” – Artist Sarah Maple

“My external shell of face and body is my instrument/tool and assistant in conveying a certain message, telling a story. Be it drama or comedy alike, exploring existential philosophical or simply very personal ideas and thoughts on the human condition and working from deep down my own emotional pipeline.”  – Artist ANGE

 

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