Femina Potens presents "Social Conditioning" an exhibit of mixed media, installation, and painting by four bay area artists that have set out to deconstruct and examine the social, cultural and emotional learning experiences and growing pains accumulated in our our individual and unique journies of growing up queer. These collective emotional bruises and heart breaks unite us in our shared experiences. Femina Potens proudly invites you to experience an artistic growth spurt with Chrystal Powell, Sydney Brown Tarman, Lisandro Perez, and Tone Rawlings on July 5th at 7pm for the opening and reception of "Social Conditioning."
Chrystal Powell is a San Francisco based installation/sculpture and small metal/jewelry artist. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco where she focused on these genres. Her work juxtaposes the grotesquely captivating and beautifully repulsive qualities of materials and their layered metaphorical contexts. Conceptually pairing the temperament of materials with the temperaments of human beings and their internalization and regurgitation of cultural and emotional constructs. Her work stems from a curiosity about the socially, culturally unrecognized dualities that occur within nature, humanity and materials, She aims to expose through visual language what is settle or explicit that lives in-between the lines. Chrystal’s work has been exhibited at such venues as Sanchez Art Center, (CA) the Macy’s Passport runway show in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and Femina Potens Gallery in San Francisco. She was awarded a partial fellowship to Vermont Studio Center where she attended as a resident in fall 2007. www.chrystalpowell.com
Sydney Brown Tarman’s work is shaped by the emotionally charged and meaningful experiences that trigger personal growth in life. She uses accessible, tangible materials with luscious textures, creating forms with sensual qualities that invite a longing for touch. From creating small stuffed animals carrying both emotional and physical wounds to her own personal set of bloodletting devices, Sydney hopes to discover something beautiful in even the most tragic circumstances. She holds a BFA in Fine Art Sculpture from Academy of Art University, has received numerous accolades for her installations, and was granted a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in the fall of 2007.
Artist Lisandro Rome Perez presents "Toilet Train" series, a peek through the bathroom keyhole, in the "Social Conditioning" group show at Femina Potens gallery. The exhibition includes several of his new colorful paintings in acrylics and oils, and will be featured from July 5 through July 27, 2008.
The "Toilet Train" series examines the outcomes of rigid societal restrictions and expectations placed on children during the Anal Phase of development. This is a peek through the bathroom keyhole; a look at erotic fascinations, self censorship, and adult coping tools used to achieve balance between the needs of the self and social acceptance. Lisandro Rome Perez incorporates idealized fairytale imagery to represent what society believes children should be: good, clean, polite, subservient. Many are images from the storybooks that he grew up with that illustrated outmoded methods of teaching control to children. The artist says, "Making playfully ill-mannered art allows me to reach out in a ubiquitously human manner, while exploring my individual experience". These colorful journeys into the psyche through everyday subjects are universal emotional states in pictorial form.
Lisandro Rome Perez was born on a crisp February evening in Sacramento, California, to an inspired teenage poet. His mother read Mexican and European fables for him at bedtime, creating mental movies of great adventures. In later years, when the bedtime stories ceased, he created his own nighttime adventures by crawling out of his bedroom window to discover the mysteries of neighboring backyards. In summer, he cooled off irresponsibly by performing the Ice Capades with a garden hose. By age eight, thousands of gallons of water were wasted. When he had outgrown playing on the sidewalk and spying on my neighbors, he moved to San Francisco with a clamorous group of teenagers, seeking adult pleasures and more inward explorations. www.lisandroromeperez.com
Tone Rawlings studied Ecology and Studio Art/Art History in hopes to pursue a career in Scientific Illustration during her undergraduate studies at Cornell University. Presently, she is a microbiologist by day, working to integrate disease science and ecology by elucidating the effect of humans on the environment and in turn on disease emergence. By night, Tone uses photographic images and oil paints to explore ‘bioethnography’ or how the civilized world separates humans from animals by a stringent set of rules. Of her work, she notes that “primal motivations, fears, and Love drive many events from murder and betrayal to the collapse of cultures and wars. Because we forget we too are animals and that the natural world is full of a diverse array of forms, we let social construction define naturally occurring phenomena as “abnormal” or “unnatural” and use these deviations against one another.”
The show runs from Saturday, July 5, 2008 til Sunday, July 27, 2008.
Femina Potens is a nationally-recognized art gallery and performance space dedicated to the advancement of women and transgendered artists since 2001.
Sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center, with support from San Francisco Arts Commission and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Femina Potens is a leading queer organization in San Francisco, and has been featured on the LOGO channel, Australian television show Out and About, Q-Television, the documentary TranArchy, Japan's Foil Magazine, Bitch, Bust, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, which called Femina Potens "a crucial bit of justice."