I went to the Appropriated Gender opening on Saturday night. So many interesting works of art were spread across three floors, from Kandy Lopez's attitude-filled giant portraits to the thoughtful craft-inspired works of Martin Casuso, an adorable painting ("Kissable") of one of JC Bravo's big-headed cabezones and a latch-hook rug by Kathleen Kranack that will remind you, "It's Your Fault."
|Artist Karla Caprali has three works in Appropriated Gender.|
I could go on about some of the works, which include sculpture, installation, videos, photography and nail salon performance art in an elevator (which is a tad too claustrophobic for me) but you can see the work for yourself as there are more opportunities to do so. I will say that I found much of the work to be thought-provoking and a nice balance of things that could inspire laughter, thoughtful consideration, enlightenment, sadness, or empowerment. Some works may even make you cringe or squirm a little uncomfortably.
I'm increasingly impressed by the the showsLisa Rockford has been curating at 1310 ... and not just based on the art but all the other things that go into launching shows and getting the exhibitions and artists the attention they deserve. For this show, Rockford recruited 13 judges including art writers, professors, gallerists and collectors who agreed to vote for works and provide written feedback to the artists they selected. She also offered visitors a chance to vote for their faves and distributed programs that served as a guide to the works and the artists who created them.
|Curator Lisa Rockford making it all look easy.|
Despite the work that goes into orchestrating such a show, Rockford seemed surprisingly unstressed at the opening, where she, among other things, distributed ballots, answered questions and used her little camera to document the crowds ... Clearly, she loves what she's doing, and I think her passion and hard work show through in Appropriated Gender, which will also be open 5-9 p.m. Oct. 6 for the Art Fallout Tour and again for a closing party featuring live music by Killmama and The Astrokats from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 12.