We call it a good day when we learn about one new female artist toying with art and gender in radical new ways. Thanks to Judith Charles Gallery’s exhibition “Immediate Female,” we’re ogling the nuanced and gutsy works of no less than 10. The lady-centric exhibition thrives off the energy of this particular moment of feminist momentum that will never be the same again. The artists on view, varying in medium, style and perspective (though all are based in New York), tackle the challenge of making art as a woman today with a diverse array of techniques and flavors.
Heidi Hahn’s “The Name I Call Myself Belongs to You,” toys with the history of modernist painting, specifically of the female nude or odalisque, capturing an asexual, hairless figure staring boldly at the viewer. Her body appears like a blank canvas, a living space for the viewer to project his or her fantasy, whatever it may be. And Amanda Pohan traps and bottles body sprays labeled as “Orgasmic Exhalations,” made from time, breath, rosemary and myrrh.
Enough of our descriptions. Check out a preview of the stunning exhibition, which runs from January 25 until March 8 at Judith Charles Gallery.
By Priscilla Frank