In 12 SHOES for 12 LOVERSSebastian Errazuriz explores for the first time the question of love and sex through the memory of 12 previous relationships.
His exhibition is an attempt to go through the reminiscence of former lovers who are the inspiration for each Shoe Sculpture.
The sculptures are accompanied by personal photos and stories in which Errazuriz reveals a glimpse of each relationship and in the process exposes himself to scrutiny and judgment. [more]
The exhibit will be on display December 6th through January 6th at the Melissa pop-up shop in Miami.
OBJECTIFY THIS: Female anatomy dissected and displayed
- September 7th through September 29th
- Opening event September 7th, 6–10p.m. with burlesque performances by Vaudezilla
- Design Cloud Gallery, 118 N. Peoria St. 2N, Chicago, IL 60607
- Curated by Vanessa Ruiz, founder of Street Anatomy
CHICAGO, August 7, 2012—Street Anatomy is proud to present OBJECTIFY THIS—a group exhibition of paintings and illustrations featuring the underlying anatomy of the female body. The exhibition is influenced by the female anatomical work of famed Spanish illustrator and painter, Fernando Vicente. His paintings, along with 8 other artists, will be exhibited at Chicago’s Design Cloud Gallery from September 7 through September 29, 2012.
“Historically, female anatomy has been represented by medical illustrations predominantly as a variation of the male form in terms of reproductive organs and surface anatomy. There are a multitude of societal, cultural, and religious reasons that have established this ideal, in addition to the fine line between female anatomy and eroticism,” says Vanessa Ruiz, founder of Street Anatomy and curator of the exhibition. “This show will compel viewers to question the objectivity surrounding ‘female anatomy’ and define—or re-define—their own perceptions through the art, perspectives, literature, and live burlesque performances.”
The artwork will range from realistic representations of the female body in various states of anatomical undress to more stylized forms of anatomy.
“We are thrilled to exhibit OBJECTIFY THIS in September,” says Laura Elayne Miller, Artistic Director of Design Cloud Gallery. “Vanessa’s unique perspective on the role of anatomy in art and pop culture is unprecedented, while Street Anatomy—and the artists she champions—continue to challenge our ideas on the subject. Our goal is to host interdisciplinary gallery shows while showcasing extraordinary contemporary art, Ruiz’s show exemplifies this mission.”
OPENING NIGHT: Friday, September 7, 6–10 p.m. Design Cloud will host a public event to mark the opening of the exhibition. It will include anatomically themed food, music, and live female burlesque performances from the famed Chicago burlesque production company, Vaudezilla. Vanessa Ruiz, members of Street Anatomy, and artists in the show will be in attendance.
Please smile is an exhibit involving five robotic skeleton arms that change their gestures depending on a viewer’s facial expressions. It consists of a microcontroller, a camera, a computer, five external power supplies, and five plastic skeleton arms, each with four motors. It incorporated elements from mechanical engineering, computer vision perception to serve artistic expression with a robot.
Audiences interact with “Please smile” in three different ways. When no human falls within the view of the camera, the five robotic skeleton arms choose the default position, which is bending their elbows and wrists near the wall. When a human steps within the view of the camera, the arms point at the human and follow his/her movements. Then when someone smiles in front of it, the five arms wave their hands. Through artwork such as “Please smile,” I would like to foster positive audience behaviors.
Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier launched his first prêt-à-porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. Emerging as a designer in the 1970s, he developed his own dress codes that reflected the changing world around him. The openly gay Gaultier uses his designs to tackle gender and transgender issues through androgynous, gender-bending styles, meanwhile delving even further into some of the darker areas of the sexual revolution. Always provocative, he addresses issues of multiculturalism by bringing ethnic diversity to the Paris runway. Despite the gritty and sometimes controversial context of his collections, the clothes remain beautiful, superbly crafted with the finest dressmaking and detailing skills.