CAAM Courtyard Series: From Women's Hands features the art of five women of color who address female presence and agency. These artists have filled our Courtyard with large installations that, though widely varying in materials and style, have in common metaphorical references to the female body and experience. Castillo and Kristine Mays focus on traditional sources of female power: hair and clothing, respectively. Castillo incorporates actual human hair into imposing wall-hung mounds as a tribute to her ancestors, while Mays creates airy, metal-knitted garments that express female strength despite their apparent fragility. Other works subtly convey womanhood: Michelle Robinson paints geometrical figures and feathery lines on the wall and on a large wooden structure that evokes the female body, and Bre Gipson's mantra-like, gestural paintings incorporate undulating organic shapes reminiscent of natural forms. Raksha Parekh's stitched canvases encode symbols of slavery and forced labor into deceivingly appealing fields of warm colors and delicate tone gradations. These works are crafted from sugar, a sweet substance associated with domesticity that Parekh turns bitter through a burning process.
Friday, November 7, 2014, 2:00 pm
MEET THE ARTISTS
Join us at CAAM to meet the five artists participating in From Women's Hands and enjoy an informal walk-through with exhibition curators Vida Brown and Mar Hollingsworth. Light refreshments to follow. RSVP (213) 744-2024.
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 1- 3:00 pm
Artist Raksha Parekh guides participants through the process of drawing/painting with sugar on cotton fabric. Space is limited. RSVP (213) 744-2024.
Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1 - 3:00 pm
Artist Michelle Robinson engages families in a creative workshop while exploring line, color and other design elements to embellish a three-dimensional object. Space is limited. RSVP (213) 744-2024.