This month at C24 Gallery in New York, VCS instructor Amy Wilson has several works on display as part the group exhibition CAMPAIGN, which was organized by independent curator Amy Smith-Stewart. A review in the current edition of Artforum’s Critics’ Picks for New York highlights several pieces in the show, including Wilson’s recent four-drawing series Impossible Beauty (Couture for Co-joined twins). (The link above lands at the bottom of the Critics’ Picks page; you can find the entry for CAMPAIGN by scrolling up.)
Here’s a description of the show, excerpted from the gallery’s press release:
C24 Gallery is pleased to present CAMPAIGN, a group exhibition curated by Amy Smith-Stewart. The exhibition places the popular depiction of the female body in a torrent of unrestrained expression from 27 international artists. Smith-Stewart states: “We are a culture obsessed with image making. The rapidly growing and absolutely powerful rise of new media embrace the celebrity lifestyle of “making it.” Who we are and what we are have become reflections of popular thinking.”
Incorporating an array of media, CAMPAIGN goes under the surface of digitally manipulated imagery of the homogenized female in order to understand how this has become a repository for confused and misplaced notions of status, power, dominance and beauty. By showing how women’s bodies are marketed, CAMPAIGN poses questions such as: What perpetuates this hegemonic depiction of women and how do we reveal what is really underneath the super-perfect veneer?
You can read the full press release at the bottom of this page on the C24 Gallery website. The page also includes installation shots and images of many of the works in the exhibition. CAMPAIGN will be up through Saturday, February 25th, so there’s still plenty of time to go see it; C24 Gallery is located at 514 West 24th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues in the Chelsea district of Manhattan, and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
If you would like to see more works by Amy Wilson, including an additional drawing from the series included in CAMPAIGN, check out this page on her website.
Later this month, Wilson will also have a solo show titled “We dream of starfish and geodesic domes” opening at BravinLee programs on 26th Street in Chelsea; I will post more information about that show soon.