OVERTONES gallery is pleased to present “SNATCH!” a two-person exhibit featuring the work of Sue Coe & Diane Gamboa. “SNATCH!” is an exhibit of art by two strong women artists and their reflections on women’s struggles in the modern society.
Sue Coe is one of the most important politically oriented artists living in the U.S. today. From the outset of her career, working as an illustrator for such political publications as The New York Times and Time Magazine, Coe was committed to reaching a broad audience through the print media. Later, she began creating extended visual discourses on subjects (such as racial discrimination or animal rights) that she felt were not being adequately addressed by conventional news organizations. Widely written about and exhibited, Coe has appeared on the cover of Art News and been the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Her work is in the collections of many major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.In the exhibition “SNATCH!” OVERTONES gallery will present a selection of Coe’s original work dealing with women’s issues, from abortion to rape, and spanning the length of Coe’s career and interest in the subject.Diane Gamboa has been exhibiting since the 1970s and is one of the most active figures in the Chicana art movement in Los Angeles. Her work was instrumental in documenting the punk scene in East Los Angeles in the 1980s and, in the same time period, she was also a member of ASCO, a conceptual multi-media performance art group. Gamboa’s most recent series “Invasion Of The Snatch” addresses the ongoing physical violence against women and girls. Drawing from historical facts, public and private statements and personal experience, Gamboa has created a series of 9 paintings commemorating “Jane Does” of Los Angeles—her hometown and a place where abuse and rape are on the rise. Monochromatic in tone and rich with pattern, Gamboa’s paintings seductively draw in the viewer to reveal the raw surface of violence against women in Los Angeles.