I Am Women
Through July 31, 2010
RISING Gallery was pulsing like a crowded downtown nightclub for a full three hours on July 15, 2010, for the I Am Woman art opening. The FGIII Art & McKane organization who put on the exhibition packed the venue with great art, a DJ, string musicians, a beautiful crowd, and eighteen local smoking hot female artists. The show features a group of artists’ works benefiting Alley’s House, a non-profit for teen mothers and their children. The artwork is on 24 x 24 inch canvases all priced at $300 and based on the theme “feminity, love, beauty, passion and power”.
Hot Tip from StealingKitty: Jennifer Morgan’s awesome donated piece was still available for purchase as of Tuesday.
The front wall of the gallery displayed RISING Gallery Artist Chris Panatier’s custom portrait of a woman with a flower for the occasion, and set the stage for the gallery literally full of paintings and photographs. I featured Chris Panatier last month (Review of Chris Panatier at RISING Gallery), and continue to be impressed with his work. Each of the eighteen artists displayed five works, and as a whole, the show was very impressive and colorful.
Immediately upon arriving, Cathey Miller’s new series, Pinky, stood out to me. The Door, from this series is a striking close up portrait of a woman in a mustache crouching down in front of a door. I found myself looking into the painting’s large eyes and was curious about the implied shenanigans about to happen in front of the shiny doorknob. When I took a closer look, I was delighted to find how painterly the portrait was painted. The brush strokes throughout the whole painting were deftly handled, and the bright happy colors Ms. Miller uses add whimsy to her cryptic subject matter.
Pinky and Rocco, a painting of two women, had me giggling a bit at Ms. Miller’s ability to communicate her humor through her well executed art works. This painting seemed to show two sides of Ms. Miller. In one pose she has long white hair with a white cat, both appearing soft and vulnerable. In another pose she is a Don Juan character complete with mustache holding a black cat in a pose of confidence. They appear either as a couple, room mates, or maybe she is trying to give the viewer a glimpse of two sides of herself. It works for me. I continue to find myself intrigued by this artist and it is nuances like this that keep me coming back for more. Her Don Juan character is the one I want to watch feminist porn with or maybe make feminist porn together. Don Juan knows about sexytime this is for sure.
Each painting has Ms. Miller appearing as one or the other of these characters and you feel you are getting to know her just a bit more, through her disguises. This series is my favorite work from Cathey Miller, and it is a direction that I hope she continues exploring.
The other artists I especially enjoyed were Jennifer Morgan, Michelle de Metz, and Laura Elia.
Jennifer Morgan’s work was strong, colorful and displayed an appealing subject matter. Ms. Morgan’s painting, The Monkey on her Back, featured an 18th century woman with literally a pink monkey on her back was my favorite from her series.
Michelle de Metz photorealist pastels were provocative and appear at first glance to be blurry photographs. Goldilocks was my favorite Ms. de Metz piece because of the blurred vulnerability that kept me there with its fine execution. There was strength here that was communicated. Add to the fact that Ms. de Metz was wearing a strapless leopard print dress and is a blonde bombshell, you totally feel her blurred art is trying to let you know she is more than what she appears. I raise my hand in attention to say yes, Ms. De Metz, I want to know.
Laura Elia’s work features Tibetan prayer flags on 36 x 36 inch wood panels. These are acrylic works using a reactive polymer compound over the top that give each panel a high gloss finish. After inspecting each of her pieces I was impressed with the craftsmanship she possesses in a medium that was new to her. Give her work a good look, you will be pleasantly surprised. A favorite from her collection was an abstract, I Am Happy. Each piece of artwork has one or more Tibetan prayers embedded within – a humble request for compassion, courage, knowledge, or end to suffering. The mantras and sutras embedded in the paintings are conduits to assist on the path toward enlightenment and freedom.
I was trying to stalk Bonnie Leibowitz, but failed as I could not seem to find her. I need to visit her studio sometime or perhaps maybe I will finally meet her out and about. I felt the same way about the elusive Jennifer Morgan.
I Am Woman not only revealed that women are sexy and beautiful but they are capable of creating fine art. You rarely get to see talented women artists together in a gallery and this is an opportunity you should seize. You can see all of these women works along with others through July 31, 2010, at RISING Gallery.
RISING Gallery is located at 4631 Insurance Road in Dallas and is open Tuesday – Saturday. RISING Gallery owners Bryan and Taber Wetz along with Director Jamie Arendt, houses fine arts and furniture in a relaxed and welcoming space.