Monday, February 26, 2007

Homies on the west coast, check it:
New Girls Network
There are a few important codes of ethics in the contemporary art world. They tend to go unspoken, but everyone knows them. Among these are the edicts that you shouldn't curate your own work, and you should be very careful about curating the work of close friends and partners, past or present. Shared Women, a major group exhibition opening this Wednesday at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), kicks those rules to the curb. There is certainly a tongue-in-cheek element to this organizing principle, as manifest in curators A.L. Steiner, Emily Roysdon, and Eve Fowler's description of Shared Women as 'an exhibition that is dependent on cronyism, feminism, and nepotism.' While this type of insider trading has gone a long way in establishing the members of many an 'old boys network,' the practice's recontextualization from a feminist perspective formulates what the organizers call a 'dirty commerce' which is truly predicated on collaboration, support, and the constructive critique necessary for growth in the art world. Needless to say, the esteemed curators included themselves in this show, along with several strongly emerging artists, including Amy Adler, Chicks On Speed, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, JD Samson, K8 Hardy, Kathe Burkhart, Leidy Churchman, Stanya Kahn & Harry Dodge, Tara Mateik, Ulrike Mueller, and others--many of whom take up extant tools, ideologies, and objects in new, media-specific ways. - Marisa Olson

6522 Hollywood Boulevard LA OPENING tonight! 2/28
Curated by A.L. Steiner, Emily Roysdon and Eve Fowler
Featuring works by: A.K. Burns, A.L. Steiner, Amy Adler, Ashley Reid, Carrie Moyer, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Chicks On Speed, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Deborah Schamoni, Edie Fake & Dewayne Slightweight, Ellie Murphy, Emily Roysdon, Erika Vogt, Eve Fowler, GB Jones, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Goody-B Wiseman, Heather Cassils, James Tsang, JD Samson, Jeanine Oleson, Jennifer Reeves & M.M. Serra, K8 Hardy, Kathe Burkhart, Leidy Churchman, Lindsay Brant, Lisi Raskin & Aaron Brewer, Marriage, Math Bass, Michelle Dizon, Nicola Tyson, Nicole Eisenman, Paige Gratland, robbinschilds, Shannon Ebner, Sharon Hayes, Shelia Pepe, Stanya Kahn & Harry Dodge, Suzanne Wright, Taisha Paggett, Tara Mateik, The Third Leg and Ulrike Miller.

"an exhibition that is dependent on 'dirty commerce'". Ummmm, dirt. Originally the idea was the curators had to have slept with everyone in the show.
Hmmm, dem some busy ladies if that is the case!
Looks like lots of fun.
Oh shit! I wish I coulda been there to have my eyes poked out by Kate's hair!! What a stiff shirt. I woulda introduced her to my half-sister, Shale.
I would have introduced her to my cousins, Shalonda, Shawanda and Shaznay, I'm killing myself for not being there.
I was there, it was fab.
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