ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Cameron Crawford, Danielle Dean, Chris Edwards, Greg Ito, Kacie Lambert, Joel Parsons - Western Exhibitions - December 12th - January 24th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif;"><em>One of the things I&rsquo;ve found about gender and even violence against sexual minorities or gender minorities&mdash;people whose gender presentation doesn&rsquo;t conform with standard ideals of femininity or masculinity&mdash;is that very often it comes down to how people walk, how they use their hips, what they do with their body parts, what they use their mouth for, what they use their anus for, or what they allow their anus to be used for. There&rsquo;s a guy in Maine who I guess he was around eighteen years old, and he walked with a very distinct swish, you know, hips going one way or another, very feminine walk. But one day he was walking to school, and he was attacked by three of his classmates, and he was thrown over a bridge, and he was killed. The question that community had to deal with, and indeed the entire media that covered this event, was &lsquo;how could it be that somebody&rsquo;s gait, that somebody&rsquo;s style of walking, could engender the desire to kill that person&rsquo;? That makes me think about the walk in a different way; a walk can be a dangerous thing. </em>(1)<br /> <br /> </span><span style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif;">Mincing, limp wristed, light in his loafers: the dominant culture finds ways to call out physical gestures performing transgressively gendered affectations. Effeminate bodies are marked and targeted for a particular violence that emerges from the mutually constituted forces of misogyny and homophobia&mdash;a violence toward traits attributed to being a woman compounded with a violence toward nonnormative sexual acts supposed to follow from these gestures. While it might be that a precondition of effeminacy is maleness, the construction and subsequent deconstruction of effeminate gestures and the consequential feedback they elicit is work shared across genders. <br /> <br /> </span></span><span style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span><span style="font-size: small;">The exhibition Effeminaries explores where gestures in artistic production&mdash;composed from abstractions, particular materialities, and quoted fragments of language&mdash;carry with them codes of gendered behavior. It tracks such moves through works intoned with flamboyant camp and melodrama, as well as projects styled after reactionary aesthetic movements like post-minimalism&rsquo;s blousy responses to its stern predecessor, minimalism. Once given physical form, these questions cut across intersecting problems of race, biologically assigned sex, class, and the autonomy of a discrete subject. Effeminaries is an assemblage of cultural artifacts drawn from iconic female protagonists in film, interior decoration and lifestyle brands, propaganda from liberation politics and consumer goods.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Its title is a permutation of the &lsquo;feminaries,&rsquo; textual social primers that figure in feminist theorist Monique Wittig&rsquo;s novel Les Gu&eacute;rill&egrave;res, published in 1969. While these texts have been instrumental for her fictional female society to construct vocabularies by which to characterize femininity, the women eventually decide &ldquo;to heap them up in the squares and set fire to them.&rdquo; (2) Effeminaries likewise wonders over the continued utility of accepted gender formations and shows the clear or subtle threats of violence that always regulate those constructions.</span> </span></span></span></p> <div align="left"><hr /><span style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif;">1. Butler, Judith, and Sunaura Taylor. "Judith Butler and Sunaura Taylor on Interdependence." Examined Life: Philosophy in the Streets. Directed by Astra Taylor. Zeitgeist Films, 2010. DVD.<br /> 2. Wittig, Monique. Les Gu&eacute;rill&egrave;res. Boston: Beacon Press, 1969. Print, p. 49.</span></div> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:45:37 +0000 Lui Shtini - Corbett vs. Dempsey - December 12th - January 24th, 2015 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:41:39 +0000 Ed Flood - Corbett vs. Dempsey - December 12th - January 24th, 2015 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:39:30 +0000