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The crowd outside SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery
Art lovers bask in the light of all things WOMEN
Twist by Jamie Martinez of ArteFuse.com
“I am woman, hear me roar. In numbers too big to ignore…” Helen Reddy released this anthem of the feminist movement in August of 1971. Now it’s 2012 – July 19that SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery on 27th Street that it numbered to more than 200 artists that were featured at the BACKLASH show. Arte Fuse knew it was an exhibition too magnanimous to ignore.
This exhibition addressed the current political climate towards women in the United States. Forty years after the founding of feminist institutions like Ms. Magazine, Title IX, A.I.R. Gallery, and SOHO20 that the strides made in its heyday and the numerous rights won by second-wave generation of feminist seem to have slipped away. Statistical facts in 2012 have shown that women have been denied the legal right to equal pay for equal work, American nuns earned the moniker of “femi-Nazis”, stringent blockage of access to birth control or abortions have increased, and even the word “vagina” has become taboo to even utter on the Senate Floor. Women have paid the price and where are the things that have been gained? It’s a question explored by the artists with a variety of works displayed at the interior of SOHO20. Ranging from the figurative, abstract, mixed media, sculpture, and installations that the artists (not exclusively women) dare to present the feminine condition in all its rapturous, tortured, defiant and embattled glory. Live performances peppered the opening reception as well with readings and mock protests. Feminism is not dead as women and men in this country even beyond are countering back in ingenious and creative ways. BACKLASH brings all of these socially feminist conscious artists from all over the world in this show to express the discontent, traumas, fears, and despair but also a new breath of hope, resilience, and a stronger solidarity in the cause. As part of this renegade ideal to push feminism and spin the political axis, SOHO20 collaborates with Government Free VJJ in hosting the Snatch Project on Saturday, July 28th from 2 – 6 pm. It will be an afternoon of crafting vaginas and uteruses to send to the male representatives in congress – so in giving them a uterus, will they stay out of ours?
Note: Several women artists from Atlanta exhibited in ‘Backlash’
This is the companion print to “Reach for an apple” 2012 both prints 11″ x 15″ available for purchase : Ronna Detrick 30.00 ea.
To listen and read in more depth Eve’s Voice:
Inspired by Eve
A workbook for self-trust, deep knowing,
and a delicious life of desire.
Audio. Text. Reflective questions. Changed story.
Ronna : “Artist Callahan McDonough and I are collaborating together to create and curate a collection of 30 unique (and gorgeous) paintings inspired by my writings that re-imagine and redeem the stories of women in Scripture. “
“Callahan listened to me muse and wonder and exegete Eve’s story. She took notes. She felt deeply. And then she visualized what she heard me say; what she understood as the themes and elements of Eve’s story about which I’m most passionate. The day she sent me the photograph was not unlike seeing that first ultrasound image of a new baby. And the day she sent me the 11×15 beautiful print, I felt like I was holding that child in my arms (without the labor).” ” Callahan McDonough, artist of “Eve” and many works to come.”
Callahan: “Ronna: I experience profound affirmation from you and your writing. I feel seen and not alone…and this goodness brings me back to myself. There is a line in Adrienne Rich’s poem Transcendental Etude where she says, ” there comes a time when we have to take ourselves more seriously or die.” More seriously as in being fully self expressed in our lives…This is what calls to me in Eve and her Sisters; to sit with her, with you, and to co-create on “holy ground.”__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________more on:
The Renegade ~
Eve. Her name elicits immediate reaction. Do you feel it? Pay attention. That spontaneous, summoned-up-from-somewhere-deep-inside response matters. It tells you something about the story you’ve been told as well as the story you are living – particularly as a woman. And aswomen, we need new stories – or at least new meaning from the old ones; new ways of understanding the old tales so that we can rewrite our own in redemptive, powerful, and renegade-like ways.
Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
—Hannah Arendt, German Political Theorist
Eve’s story is the epitome of error – and harm: in fact, it has long since ceased being a story and instead hasbecome defined meaning – now ascribed to all of us. Rather than narrative, setting, context, characters, dialogue, and emotion we have theological, sociological, and psychological precepts, doctrine, dogma, right and wrong, black and white. Instead of perfection – a woman – a man – a garden – a god – a snake – an apple – and a choice, we have evil – temptation – disobedience – sin – crime – punishment – consequences – banishment – and a curse.
Eve has an opinion about all this. She has a story to tell; a conversation to have.
The Conversation ~
She feels no need to bring you up to speed – or to defend herself. She cannot escape others’ interpretations, projections, triangularizations, total contempt, or even subliminal leanings. True, some have honored her, but they have been far fewer; their voices far quieter. She may not know where you stand, but she’s pretty sure she’s heard it all before.
So let me ask you…Do you ever feel like you just can’t get out from under the weight of one choice, one action, one step taken? Like one thing that you did, maybe in the heat of the moment or maybe even something you really thought through, just all went bad?
She pauses, completely certain that you do have such a story…or at least the fear of such a thing.
What’s that story? Tell me…
She sits calmly across from you. Hands entwined around her mug of tea. Eyes looking straight at you over its rim. Waiting for your response. Knowing that you’ve got one…even if you don’t feel like revealing such.
“Artist Callahan McDonough is helping me create and curate a collection of 30 unique (and gorgeous) paintings inspired by my writings that re-imagine and redeem the stories of women in Scripture.”
“A wrinkle in Time” 2012
16″ x 20″
Arches Paper, mixed media
This piece was inspired by Madeline L’Engle’s book: A wrinkle in Time, and reminds me of the sense of I have of the universe being luminous vibrating light of every color. That in this universe our heart felt thought manifests in form and experiences. It comes and goes. And like a wrinkle in time we can collapse time, travel many light years, light folding the universe, as if it were a string, creating a wrinkle in time.
title: ” permissible delights of the soul”* 2012
34″x40″ wood panel, mixed media
prints are also available
“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.”
Johannes Sebastian Bach
Bill & were listening to a piece from one of the Golberg Variations last night. Woke up hearing it. Like the notion of mirror images, going toward each other, one going up, the other down. Cannot really re-create a complex theory of this, but its what I hear in it.
Sometimes think I have a art split personality, or certainly many visual aspects, at any rate this is one of my new abstract pieces, that will show at my up coming exhibit. The other self/aspect paints images which tend to be somewhat ‘narrative’. Perhaps akin to the Goldberg variations. Maybe the title shoud be ‘homage to Bach’ 🙂
mixed media- canvas
“A soulmate to share my roses” e.Jong
currently on display at: theindie-pendent; Intown Atlanta craft/art gallery & shop
d’arches paper, mixed media
I love cats. I love dogs too. Cats are of course, cats, and dramatically different than dogs. They seem much more self contained, they are curious, detail, at times like a piece of moving sculpture, at other times (when they are ready) they are responsive to us, and cuddle, playful. The stillness of cats represents for me the moments within myself of what T.S. Elliot called : ” The still point of the turning world”.
The Stonewall Riots 1969
The Stonewall Inn, taken September 1969. The sign in the window reads: “We homosexuals plead with our people to please help maintain peaceful and quiet conduct on the streets of the Village—Mattachine”.
The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. They are frequently cited as the first instance in American history when people in the homosexual community fought back against a government-sponsored system that persecuted sexual minorities, and they have become the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.
American gays and lesbians in the 1950s and 1960s faced a legal system more anti-homosexual than those of some Warsaw Pact countries. Early homophile groups in the U.S. sought to prove that gay people could be assimilated into society, and they favored non-confrontational education for homosexuals and heterosexuals alike. The last years of the 1960s, however, were very contentious, as many social movements were active, including the African American Civil Rights Movement, the Counterculture of the 1960s, and antiwar demonstrations. These influences, along with the liberal environment of Greenwich Village, served as catalysts for the Stonewall riots.
Jane Fonda, has for many years been one of my ‘she-roes’. As a single Mom I exercised with her videos daily, & I was in sync with her activism for Peace, during the Viet Nam war years. Jane and Oprah together often kept me in stock of hope and going for my life vision, as an artist and Peace activist myself, a single Mom. They feel like my very own friends, ahem, mine and a few million other women. Today’s post with Jane, Joni & Bonnie at dinner touching for me, as I read it, I felt exactly the conversation I would be having as well, if I were there with them. We are lucky to live in a time of some pretty cool peers, of course, include us. Jane continues to rally our involvement, a call to action, find the cause that inspires you and “get involved”.
Thank you Jane.
Had dinner with Joni Mitchell Saturday night. Never met her before but she’s known Richard for ever. I can’t remember when I’ve had a more intense, far-reaching, multifaceted conversation (right from the moment we sat down…no small talk with Joni)—from Christianity, Buddhism, the Gnostics, different forms of meditation, Ego as the original sin, to living in the wilderness north of Vancouver, the beauty of blue herons, our Black bear encounters (mine more dramatic than hers), medical challenges (hers more dramatic than mine), Georgia O’Keefe (she stayed with her in New Mexico when O’Keefe was 90), painting (Joni paints), innovators versus copy cats and music. It thrills me to listen to musical people (Joni and Richard…or Keith Richards in his autobiography) dig into the minutia of creating musical art. Much is Greek to me but they got into what it meant to have started on the banjo (Joni) and how that influences chords and tuning. She talked fascinatingly about how she always liked to do what hadn’t been done musically–unresolved chords, etc, that often made the music honchos nervous. I should have taken notes.
Sunday morning I found myself on a plane (major delay!) to go to San Francisco to speak at the San Francisco Ultimate Women’s Expo. I was there to speak about my latest book PRIME TIME, and what I’ve learned from writing. I’ve spoken on this quite a bit over the last few months or more and I’m still enjoying seeing all the heads nodding (especially the gray heads…and nodding, not nodding off!). My PRIME TIME brand has created quite a community, which is why I’m excited to be able to continue the conversations from my book here on my blog, on my Facebook page, and on twitter now that my book tour has wound down.
Tonight, I’m having a small gathering for Bonnie Raitt. Joni will be there and Robbie Robertson, Eddie Olmos, Steve Bing and Paul Allen. I look forward to another fascinating and intense evening…if I make it back in time!
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