“Beautiful Parts” Opening Oct 15th at CSU Northridge Art Gallery

“Beautiful Parts” Opening Oct 15th at CSU Northridge Art Gallery

John Zarcone, Information Theory, oil and acrylic on canvas tarp, 6’ x 9’ x 0″

“Beautiful Parts” at CSU Northridge Art Gallery

Opening October 15th 2-4pm

California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330

Cross Streets: Reseda Boulevard and Halsted Street.
Please park in the D6 Lot off of Halsted

 

Understanding that precepts of attractiveness have evolved over time and vary between cultures, this exhibition invites artists to consider cultural constructions of aesthetic appeal, and asks,—“How do we receive messages about beauty in a contemporary global society and how are we affected by internalizing ideals?” Works selected for the exhibition respond to canons of bodily proportion, such as ratio depiction (waist-to-chest, waist-to-hip, and leg-to-body), and consider the distinction between “real” and “ideal”. The artists selected for Beautiful Parts approach these issues with awareness of the history and continued evolution of dialogues surrounding body image and the related psychologies of status, identity, physical attraction, and self-esteem.

Featured Artists:
Marlena Guzman
Catherine Bennation
Jessika Edgar
Zeina Baltagi
David Estrada
Kristine Schomaker
Rain Lucien Matheke
Nurit Avesar
Alexsandra Papoban
Kimberly Morris
Michelle Nunes
John Zarcone
Monica Sandoval
Mona Kasra
Kellan Barnebey King

Juried by artist, Kim Abeles, and organized by the curatorial collective, Rough Play, Beautiful Parts marks the first annual exhibition hosted by the CSUN Alumni Association Art Chapter.

Author

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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