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.”
Northwest artist Sail creates drawings with intense contrasts, as if the marble-white bodies in his works have accidentally caught the light of a torch in the pitch black night. Feral and naked, his nymph-like characters are always obscured by shadows, not wanting to be seen. Sail is debuting his second solo show with Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle, “Canna Intrat,” this Thursday alongside Handiedan’s exhibition “Vesica Piscis.” Handiedan’s new body of work, which includes four of the largest textured collage pieces she has done to date, has a much more spiritual focus than her previous work. Classic pin-up girl imagery is her signature, but this time Handiedan incorporates it into geometric patterns inspired by astrology and Eastern philosophy. Take a look at our preview of both shows before they open on October 2.
Amsterdam-based collage artist Handiedan recently visited Berlin to add her contribution to Urban Nation’s Project M, arguably one of the coolest buildings in the German capital. The arts organization has been inviting artists to create window installations and large-scale murals (see our coverage of Eine’s recent piece there) and Handiedan recently made her mark on the multi-story facade with an enormous, wheat-pasted mural. While her typical work consists of smaller-scale, textured collages of vintage pin-up girls with baroque flourishes, she seamlessly adapted this style to a larger format. Check out her piece and stay tuned for more coverage of her upcoming solo show “Vesica Piscis,” opening at Seattle’s Roq La Rue this Thursday.