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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Understanding Jody Culkin: Refashioned – A Contemporary Artist, Fashion, and Feminism

Today is Tuesday, March 12, 2013. And today Martin, the Registrar at the Boca Museum, had me document each piece of the exhibition Jody Culkin: Refashioned. This exhibition subverts traditional functions of women’s apparel. Now, Jody Culkin: Refashioned is slightly left of wacky, right of weird, and smack dab in the middle of wait, what, why?! Let me paint you a picture: mesh, broken glass, chains, bright fabric, water, light, cameras, and eyes.

clientuploads/Blog Images/Kelli-Blog2.jpgJody Culkin: Refashioned reveals the chains of women fashion, and reinvents them in a capricious light to expose the issue of fashion: our clothes can make us prisoners. Much of her inspiration came from the Victorian household she grew up in (inside information thanks to curator Kathy Goncharov, a close friend of Culkin’s). So the contemporary artist refashioned pieces of art take modern daywear and transform them with a Victorian element.

As an active feminist, Culkin’s art also contains elements of female anatomy. This image sparks confusion in our minds as we try to compartmentalize the vision of the art. But contemporary art is not meant to be compartmentalized, it has an agenda of its own, and a large amount of history to play with. There is a refashioned burka out of white mesh with little purple propellers on each sleeve. This may be so the wearer can fly away from her repression.

However, the onlooker will notice the gold rectangle as the eye piece and it creates a sense of suppressed, imprisoned, clothing that is not simply a woman’s dress but her fabricated chains. And as we view this piece, we feel trapped, ensnared. A little to the right is a hanging chain of black mesh filled with broken glass. It begs the question, what kind of jewelry are your chains made from? Subversive, yes. Repressive, no!

As I fulfilled the task of documenting and measuring each piece of art, a few museum visitors took a look around. The immediate reaction of many was to turn and walk away- I actually heard “no, I don’t like this” from a woman within the first 20 seconds looking around her. Other women would exclaim at how cute the purse with the roving eyes is, but they would silently pass by the more abrasive elements of the collection. I wanted to give them a tour so they could understand that this exhibit is meant to cause unease! 

clientuploads/Blog Images/Kelli-Blog2-2.jpgIf only the women would have read the introduction to Jody Culkin: Refashioned they would have understood this art is not to look pretty. It is not to please the eye. It is to open the mind through the eyes. It is meant to make you feel. The exaggeration of the refashioned pieces is a call to arms: as a woman, how does our dress confine us? Does it present a feminine image that is meant to please the looker? Does our dress please us at all besides in the validation of the onlookers?

And which ogglers are we dressing to impress, exactly? How are we empowered when we display our bodies in this way? The exhibition itself exposes that if something is not “appealing” or “pleasant” to look at, our immediate reaction is to recoil. Does this look nice? No? Then I want nothing to do with it. How would you feel if people talked about you that way? And if we realize that we have the same reaction, wouldn’t it be better to take a moment and let the art enter our brain, twist around our neurons and shoot something?

We cannot only appreciate the beautiful, the perfectly packaged. Most of it is just a mirage. Once we stop aiming for perfection and niceties we could accomplish something with our minds, our voice. Hence contemporary art, such as Jody Culkin: Refashioned, is an expression of where our world came from, the history of the upright Victorian society. And Jody Culkin: Refashioned is also a silent commentary on our reactions to something a contemporary artist refashioned to be less than perfect. Chains or shackles, our perception must break those gold and silver loops that keep us lost and mesmerized.

Posted by: Adrienne DeCramer, Curatorial Intern @ 12:00:00 pm  Comments (0)
Friday, March 22, 2013
Are you familar with the Boca Museum Artists' Guild?

The Boca Raton Museum of Art may be renowned for its extensive collection of fine art and for its impressive array of exhibitions but few may know the significant impact the museum has with current artists working in our community. The Artists’ Guild, an auxiliary of the Museum, is a very organized and self-sufficient community of artists who maintain a gallery in downtown Delray Beach. With over 20 juried exhibitions a year and over 350 members, the Boca art guild fosters the success of local artists while supporting the Museum with a portion of its proceeds.

Interior View Boca Museum Artist Guild      Lorrie Turner Inside Boca Museum Artist Guild

Upon entering The Artists’ Guild Gallery I was met by Lorrie Turner (above) who has been involved in the arts since she was a child and has been a Boca art guild member ever since she first moved to Florida nearly nine years ago. She overflowed with information and enthusiasm as she told me everything there is to know about how the guild works. However, the main source of her excitement seemed to be the sense of community created among the members of the guild. Lorrie explained that when she moved to Florida and didn’t know a soul, she joined the Boca Museum artist guild and was provided with an immediate circle of friends which has only grown throughout the years. The guild gives artists an opportunity not only to exhibit and sell their work but to network with other artists and grow through each other’s feedback and collaboration.

Boca Artist Guild member Durga Garcia with Model Photo by Durga Garcia,

© Durga Garcia  "The Tutu and the Airplane"

I spoke with local photographer and curator for the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in West Palm Beach, Durga Garcia (above), who is in the process of becoming a signature member of the guild. This status would allow her to exhibit in the gallery space so long as her works pass the double jury process, of which I have no doubt they will. Durga is very active in the South Florida art scene and her work has been awarded in many local, national and international juried competitions in addition to her work at the Boca art guild.

So, for all you art enthusiasts out there don’t forget to visit The Artists’ Guild Gallery and see what today’s local artists are coming up with. Keep in mind there is the “Artists’ Choice Gallery” section in that rear of the Boca art guild where they display smaller canvas pieces, prints, photographs and sculptures for those art lovers on a budget. So stop on by and show your support for local artists as well as the Boca Museum of Art!

For more information please visit 512 East Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483 (561.278.7877) to learn more about becoming a member of the Boca Museum artist guild.

Posted by: Catherine Quinn, Curatorial Intern @ 9:00:00 am  Comments (2)
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