Through the Looking Glass
MIRUS Gallery of San Francisco is repeating the Looking Glass show from 2013 due to popular demand. This year’s edition of the show is coming this February 22, titled Through the Looking Glass will be an interesting display of latest artwork done by a group of female artists oozing all-female perspective. The lineup of artists is international and it includes Evie Cahir, Stefania Fersini, Vicki Ling, Veronique Meignaud, Alicia Reyes McNamara, Jennifer Nehrbass, Annalisa Sher, Mandy Tsung, Helice Wen, and Janelle Wisehart. Through the Looking Glass is the second edition of what promises to become an annual group show tradition at the MIRUS Gallery. Current ideas and depictions of female form will be investigated throughout the exhibition, in a number of different media. The unifying theme of the show is not only the women’s perspective, but the subject of female body, represented by the 11 participating artists.
The show is curated by Paul Hemming, so this selection and works should make an interesting show, that will run through March 29, 2014.
Through the Looking Glass
Contemporary vision of these creative women will challenge the traditional views of female form in art, as the symbol of the delicate and the beautiful. As women, these artists conjured a different starting point which will celebrate the female body without objectifying it. Female form is employed in a different context, examining its role and significance, without detaining the concept on the mere aesthetics. Through identification with their subjects, the authors will investigate the realm of characters’ human nature, frequently tapping into the realm of self-examination. The creative process for each of the women artists thus became a self-explorative psychological journey which attempted to transfer female body outside of the constricted and expected context in which it is usually represented.
Evie Cahir will present new drawings evoking the fetishist outlook, but actually investigating the weak or rather soft spots of a woman in metaphorical sense. Patterned interiors, translucent bodies and covered faces of Hall Felker bring a new view on the question of identity, as does the work of Vicky Ling.
Another artist who tackles identity, but also beauty is Alicia Reyes McNamara, covering the faces of subject in an Magrittesque manner. Stefania Fersini explores the world of imposed perfection and role-models in the physical and behavioral sense. Jennifer Nehrbass deals with self-explorative search, while Annalisa Sher makes beautiful introspective drawings largely inspired by the Alice’s fall down the rabbit hole. Lindsay Stripling analyses aspects of family life through what are perceived as important occasions. Photo realistic portraits of Mandy Tsung are surreal and ethereal, connecting the woman with the origins of nature, providing a warm tone with wooden rings that overwhelm the subjects.
Helice Wen’s work extends beyond the frame, in the confused, frightened or alluring gaze of the portrayed subject, suggesting occurrences she cannot influence. And Janelle Wisehart will present her Dubuffesque work, filled with juvenile references and sometimes fun, sometimes harsh thoughts on our connection with the inner child.
About MIRUS Gallery
MIRUS Gallery is another vital space of San Francisco founded by its curator, Paul Hemming. It exhibits emerging and mid-career artists, and presents an array of solo and selective group exhibitions every year. In 2013, MIRUS Gallery started an artist-in-residency program.