Group exhibition curated by Martin Durazo
January 15 to February 28
JAUS is very pleased to presents LUBE, a three woman exhibition curated by artist Martin Durazo featuring work by Samantha Magowan, Tameka Norris and Kiki Seror. One of the main objectives for this exhibition is to create a forum for the exploration and discussion of ideas related to objectification, the gaze, and ownership of inherent sexuality. The works exhibited were selected as a challenge to the conservatism in the Los Angeles visual art community in recent years. Oddly enough these pressures to play safe come from both the left as well as the right. This dilemma often finds artists hesitant to create provocative work for fear of transgressing the politically correct. Creating an all female exhibition palliates the “explicit” without the historical weight of “bad boy” artists or the male voyeur. This opportunity for fresh dialogue opens the discussion to men and women alike. The title suggests an antidotal spin for an uptight society of artists, curators, and critics in need of moral and emotional lubrication. The result is one possible model for the artist to regain the freedom to create, explore, and discover at will.
Samantha Magowan's installations bombard the viewer with a tornado of shiny colorful objects that frame her stylistically polished photos. The content of Magowan's photos often includes the artist's and other alluring bodies in water, powder and nature, creating sumptuously suggestive tableaus that speak to a different kind of truth: one where cliché and tropes are subsumed by beauty, disorder and pleasure.
Tameka Norris' conceptual photographic and video practice draws from a desire to critique the fame and celebrity associated with women in hip hop music who are portrayed as sexually available and promiscuous. Norris' electrifying hyper-exaggerations lived though a strong yet vulnerable persona spring forth with an unbridled exuberance.
Kiki Seror strives to create complex visual works driven by a graphic and unabashed sensibility that dares to trespass into realms of inquiry typically represented through a male perspective; to challenge viewers' preconceptions about gender, sexuality, desire, and the body.
About the Curator: Martin Durazo is an artist whose exploration of coded manipulation within consumer culture is presented as satire of systematic healing through consumption of material objects and entertainment. As a curator the theme of the “other” is often the focus for Durazo. Recent curatorial efforts include PLUSH at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, Panopti(con) at Bank Gallery, and Systems of Interiors and Exteriors for Better Living at Pitzer College. From 1995 to 2003 Durazo co-founded and directed Miller Durazo Contemporary Artists Projects in Los Angeles.
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