While women artists have been involved in making art throughout history, their work has been dismissed or not as often acknowledged in comparison to men. Today, women do have important roles in society as writers, painters, sculptors, dancers, business leaders, among others, but they are still statistically under-represented by art institutions. “Trifecta”, which opens this Friday at Jonathan Levine Gallery, will shed a light on three prominent women in Contemporary art – Handiedan, Mimi Scholz, and Sandra Chevrier. Curator Yasha Young shares, “This exhibition addresses the fact that art created by women has been historically dismissed as craft as opposed to fine art, affecting the development of women in art throughout history. I would like to open doors for women artists and encourage them to step out and up.”
Canadian artist Sandra Chevrier’s collaged portraits utilize a facet of pop culture that has never, until recently, been regarded as “for women”: the superhero comic book. In recent years, the world of comics has broken down its macho modus operandi, yet the superhero narrative continues to be emblematic of a dichotomous, stereotypical view of gender. Chevrier creates portraits of women, reclaiming the narratives they have been excluded from by collaging climactic scenes from Batman and Superman into masks that hide the female sitters’ true identities. For her upcoming show, “Les Cages: A Fractured Gaze,” Chevrier said that she intentionally depicted the masks as suffocating and oppressive, symbolizing the gender discrimination that persists today. “Les Cages” opens on April 5 at San Francisco’s Mirus Gallery and will be on view through May 10.
While classic superhero stories often stick to traditional narratives of damsels in distress and chivalrous male saviors, Sandra Chevrier and Lora Zombie both create work that riffs on the superhero motif, rewriting these antiquated narratives to tell the stories of women. The two artists will open their two-person show, “Pow! Pow!,” at Phone Booth Gallery on August 10. Using a mixed technique of painting and collage, Chevrier creates portraits where collaged comics act as masks to obscure her protagonists’ identities. Meanwhile, Zombie’s playful watercolor paintings examine the lives of female heroines with a humorous twist. Check out our preview of “Pow! Pow!” after the jump.
Illustrator Sandra Chevrier creates bold portraits by combining painting with collaging techniques to cover the eyes or mouths on her mysterious female subjects. Her work is full of familiar iconic comic book imagery, such as Wonder Woman and Super Man, that compound the social messages interlaced within each of her paintings. Chevrier currently lives and works in Montreal. See more images of her work after the jump!
For its “15 Years of Thinkspace” show, Thinkspace Projects asked more than 70 artists to craft works on 15″x15″ panels. Among the featured artists are several veterans of our print magazine, including Cintal Vidal (Vol. 51), Jeremy Geddes (Vol. 15), Mark Dean Veca (Vol. 23), Yosuke Ueno (Vol.10), Laura Berger (Vol. 44), and several others. (See the complete list of artists below.) The show kicks off on Jan. 11 and runs through Jan. 25.
Project M, the street art project behind the three-story RONE mural we covered earlier this week, recently commissioned a group of emerging and established international artists — from the renowned Ron English to the rising painter Erik Jones — to create mural-scale window installations below the aforementioned mural. While Ron English created two windows that brim with the cacophony of characters we recently saw in his solo show at Corey Helford Gallery, Israeli street artist Know Hope created a textured, collage-like work and Erik Jones opted for loud, abstracted portraiture. Sandra Chevrier and Crajes’s works both drew from the creators’ love of comics, but while Crajes’s monochromatic works reference Anime, Chevrier’s portraits remix classic superhero comics with their feminine imagery. Henrik Haven went behind-the-scenes as the installations neared completion. Take a look at his photos after the jump.