Craftswoman House will open her doors with the group exhibition Unveiled, a show that features works by six west-coast artists who explore feminist content. The exhibit includes works by Launa Bacon, Ursula Brookbank, Wendy Kveck, Freya Prowe, Cindy Rehm, Angela Simione.
Unveiled coincides with the 39th anniversary of Womanhouse, the first public exhibition of feminist art organized in January 1972, by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. The original collaborative project was presented in a deserted mansion in Hollywood, whereas the new venue is a 1924 Craftsman House located in the historic Orange Heights tract of Pasadena.
Unveiled includes painting, drawing, video, and site-specific room installations created in memory of Womanhouse. The library will be transformed into a haunting underwater environment with Brookbank’s The Splendor Trap. Through a process of staining and accumulation, Rehm will create The Curse, her response to Chicago’s Menstruation Bathroom. The kitchen will highlight Kveck’s Meateater, which features a reclining woman laid out like a body, readied for dissection. Bacon will present her video I Sat Beauty on my Knees; Found Her Bitter, Therefore I Injured Her in the study where the work was performed and filmed. Simone and Prowe will occupy the living room and hallway with their paintings. All of the artists will pay homage to the original Womanhouse Dining Room with a decadent collaborative installation. The garden will also feature installations by Bacon and Brookbank.
Launa Bacon (Pasadena) explores the molding of individual behavior through mass media and social structures. She looks to the body as a site where these influences collect and manifest.
Ursula Brookbank (Los Angeles) looks at what lies beneath, inside, and behind the artifacts of daily life. She approaches her work with a desire to get lost in the space of smoky cinematic narrative.
Wendy Kveck (Las Vegas) is a visual artist working across the mediums of painting, performance and video. Her works resonate with the raw excess of a body beyond control.
Freya Prowe (Berkeley) draws upon the tradition of European fairy tales of her childhood to create dark, and lyrical images that playfully prey upon the duality inherent in human interactions.
Cindy Rehm (Los Angeles) explores the nature of female identity, eroticism, and hysteria. She employs the use of gesture, repetition, and fragmentation to express visceral manifestations of feminine knowledge through acts of ritual.
Angela Simione (San Francisco) uses the methods of erasure to create her own "redacted" documents, making metaphors for the experiences of loss. Simione presents fragments, tiny bits of evidence, allusions to a lost history.
Craftswoman House is a new venue dedicated to fostering a dialogue on feminist issues through projects and exhibitions. Craftswoman House is inspired by collective projects and pays homage to the rich legacy of feminist art in Southern California.