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Worthy © Jody Alexander
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Amorphozoa #13 © Stephanie Metz
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Bride © Sylvia Min
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Haunting © Connie Begg
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Periphery of Experience © Victoria may
Femme Fatale
Curated by: Sylvia Min

365 S Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113
February 3rd, 2012 - March 17th, 2012
Opening: February 3rd, 2012 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.workssanjose.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Peninsula/South Bay
EMAIL:  
gallery@workssanjose.org
PHONE:  
408.300.6405
OPEN HOURS:  
Thu,Sat 12-4; Fri 12-6
TAGS:  
Feminine, domestic, iconic, textile photography, mixed-media, installation, conceptual, figurative, sculpture
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION

Femme Fatale is a seductive and haunting exhibition exploring the complexities of femininity. Featuring the work of Bay Area artists Jody Alexander, Connie Begg, Victoria May, Stephanie Metz, and Sylvia Min, Femme Fatale is both a subtle homage and commentary of domesticity, social constructs, and the feminine experience.

Jody Alexander references domesticity and “values” through an installation of found objects carefully wrapped in fabric.  Fascinated by history and feminine iconography, Connie Begg illuminates the tension of capturing a frightening yet beautiful object through historical photographic processes.  Victoria May’s organza and steel based forms reflect her interest in domesticity, tension, and dichotomy, and allude to the fundamental struggles inherent in the human condition.  Utilizing wool fibers and textiles, Stephanie Metz attempts to “distill the essence of a creature” and acknowledge and reclaim our mammalian roots in her mysterious sculptures.  Emphasizing light and shadow, Sylvia Min examines the iconic image of the bride through her paintings.

The artwork, while diverse in form, resonates with overlapping proclivities towards detail, concept, and tone.  Monochromatic sculptures, installations, paintings, and photographs seduce and disturb through layers of inherent tensions, enigmatic contrasts, and meticulous handwork.

Femme Fatale is curated by Sylvia Min. 

For more details see http://www.sylviamin.com/exhibitions/femmefatale

Works/San José is the South Bay’s community art and performance center. Founded in 1977 by local artists, works is an all-volunteer, non-profit, alternative art and performance center dedicated to providing a venue for artists, ideas, and images that expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience and challenge the boundaries of contemporary art.