Allure and Utility
Art Space 111
October 28 through December 7, 2011
Allure and Utility, a new contemporary art exhibit by Fort Worth’s noted personality artist Sarah Green, features a kaleidoscope of feminist ideas expertly communicated through provocative humor and Green’s signature Hollywood style.
The exhibit is composed of a series of ten large portraits featuring Los Angeles model Taylor Vlahos who will be appearing at the exhibit.
“I chose Taylor Vlahos as my muse because she’s simply the ultimate example of today’s woman,” says Green. “She’s extraordinarily beautiful, yet completely down-to-earth. Taylor can build a car engine and beat anyone, man or woman, at mixed martial arts, she can be at once sultry and demure, strong and vulnerable, dizzy and divine.”
At first glance, the overtly sexual works of art appear as naughty, daunting, and risque, but upon a closer look, they portray a powerful social commentary about a sex driven society’s objectification of women and the abuse and sublimation the women themselves experience. Green’s brilliant use of bright colors and digital imaging creates a juxtaposition between two worlds, one of light and dark; humor and frustration, as she uses her painterly skills to lift the mask from Hollywood’s pre-madonna to reveal the humanity behind the stunningly beautiful, but artificial image that Hollywood creates of women.
Allure and Utility speaks all at once about beauty, lust, feminism, sex, abuse, sublimation, social perception, and cultural blame. It is a striking exhibit that commands attention and demands a response, asking the audience the subliminal question: “Which way will you turn the kaleidoscope?” Which lens will you see the exhibit through? The lens of lust, beauty, or pain?
The exhibit also features revisions of classic film icons set in darkly humorous scenes cartooned in black and white as sort of a cheeky twist on classic pin-up art. It also showcases new additions to Green’s ongoing Sacred Lives portrait project that features Fort Worth personalities Gary Leatherwood, a stylist who does the hair of Fort Worth’s finest residents and beloved and popular local artist Nancy Lamb.
Allure and Utility premieres Friday, October 28, 2011 from 5:30-8:30p.m. at Art Space 111 located at 111 Hampton St., Fort Worth, TX, 817.692.3228, www.artspace111.com. The show is scheduled to run through Wednesday, December 7, 2011.
Vlahos who currently appears as a model on the Oxygen Channel’s Hair Battle Spectacular, will be available for photo opportunities will be autographing printed postcards, photographs, and photo books of the artwork from the exhibit.