Jolie Laide

September 11 – October 4, 2015

Opening reception: Friday, September 11, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

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Mandy Lyn Perez, Audiophile, 2015, gesso, acrylic, and super gel on canvas on wood panel, 11 by 9 inches

Jolie Laide

September 11 – October 4, 2015

Opening reception: Friday, September 11, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Life On Mars Gallery is proud to present Jolie Laide, a group exhibition of works by Alicia Gibson, Mandy Lyn Perez, Karen Schwartz, and Agatha Wojciechowsky. Jolie Laide is a non-gender specific French term meaning beautiful ugly, which is typically used to describe unconventional beauty. As the literary critic Daphne Merkin put it, jolie laide is “a triumph of personality over physiognomy, the imposition of substance over surface.”

Alicia Gibson represents a new generation of women painters; unafraid and unapologetic about using their personal lives to speak freely about the complex realities of being a woman in 21st century America. Her post-feminist punk stance continues and updates the traditions found in the work of Joan Snyder, Nancy Spero and Tracey Emin, among others, and speaks in a similar voice as Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer. Using the language of abstract expressionist painting and collage, often adding an autobiographical scrawl, she combines biting humor and aggression with an unbridled honesty about female sexuality.

Mandy Lyn Perez uses imagery of electronics, punk and ska posters, stained glass windows, and church architecture. She deconstructs the language of abstraction on hand-built, irregularly shaped wood panels; slathering on thick paint, bending it around the structures of her work, challenging the boundaries between painting and sculpture…

 

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