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Submissions now being accepted for Spring 2016.
An art installation by Kaitlyn Dunn was selected by juror Warren Lehrer to be featured
in ArtLab for the 32nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition.
SPRING 2015 - March 14th-June 27th with opening reception on March 20th from 5pm-7:30pm
“Pink Room / De Color de Rosa” by Juan Rojo
I am a painter and video creator. I have been attracted to the human figure as an
art subject for as long as I can remember. My strongest formative influences came
from the figurative tradition, especially the School of London. Several years ago
I began to examine my work – as well as that of artists who influenced me the most
– from a feminist perspective. This led me to a greater sensitivity to the male gaze
throughout art history and an awareness of the construction of femininity in contemporary
My current painting and video work concentrates on narratives of disempowerment (particularly
those imposed on children) and the stereotypical idea of female beauty and submissive
feminine behavior. I explore advertising and media directed to women (particularly
to young girls), and how the media uses a pink-and-glitter aesthetic and role models
such as princesses or fairies as a vehicle to transmit conservative values. In my
work, I employ everyday materials like scrapbook patterns, crochet, or paper doilies
to create naive, hyper-decorative works that merge disparate subject matters and exhibit
a high-contrast between form and content, where high and low coexist, as means of
revealing the perversions within these apparently innocent narratives.
“Pink Room /De Color de Rosa” is a multimedia installation of projected videos, wall
painting, and printmaking. The main element of the exhibition is a multichannel projection
of videos that depict women performing a Cinderella inspired routine. The performances
were recorded in their own houses where I brought a big pink cloth that functioned
as a stage curtain. The intense pink color of the videos is the only illumination
of the room, bathing the viewer in a warm pink light. This installation interrogates
the strategies of the patriarchy and questions the construction of the feminine and
all that exists within its confines.
Object of Record
Curated by Gladys-Katherina Hernando