Don’t Call Me Pretty: Women in Art
Project Room: Gigi Leso

April 22 – June 3, 2010

Neither for music, nor poetry, nor the plastic arts do they possess any real feeling or receptivity…Nor can one expect anything else from women if one considers that the most eminent heads of the entire sex have proved incapable of a truly great, genuine achievement in art.
– Schopenhauer. “On Women”, 1852

Much has changed, as Pan American Art Projects intends to prove by presenting a selection of works by female artists from the gallery’s collection. The artists featured work in varying media, from painting, photography, and sculpture to mixed media, and video installations. The exhibition showcases the evolution of the female voice in the development of artistic agendas. The emphasis of the exhibit is not on feminism, but rather on the female approach to such themes as representation of the body, maternity, separation, liberation, and the environment. The selection includes established artists like Louise Nevelson, Marta Maria Perez-Bravo and Rosângela Rennó, as well as mid-career artists Vibeke Tandberg and Tracey Snelling, and young emerging artists like Andrea Cote, who experiments with her body as both the subject of and tool with which she creates her work; and Spanish artist Cristina Lucas who also uses the body as a means of communication in her video in which a nude figure set amidst the cosmos uses her sex to hold a paintbrush and write the words “Big Bang”. Also in the show is New York based artist Jane Martin, whose artistic investigations began when she worked in the film industry; her work captures what she calls the “moment between moments,” resulting in innovative, split-second video stills of her nude figure immersed in nature.

Don’t Call Me Pretty: Women in Art also features works by: Belkys Ayon, Tania Bruguera, Ryder Cooley, Nora Correas, Maysey Craddock, Antonia Eiriz, Ana Fabry, Aimee Garcia, Elsa Mora, Sandra Ramos, Graciela Sacco, Carolina Sardi, and Lucia Warck-Meister; women of varying racial, cultural, and educational backgrounds.

Project Room: Gigi Leso

Costa Rican artist Gigi Leso’s work re-conceptualizes common objects and historically significant phrases to comment on issues of politics, ecology and personal experience. Her works provoke social concerns and moral debates within the viewers. For this show, Leso presents the installation THE SELF EVIDENT TRUTHS. The work is a striking commentary on one of the best-known sentences in the English language, and one that is often used to promote the rights of marginalized groups. Using the Declaration of Independence as the backdrop for her piece, Gigi provokes visceral reactions within the viewer, questioning notions of social ethics while revealing the grotesque truths behind infamous military prison facilities in places such as Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay.

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