- Curator // Creator
Absences explores the concept of absence and its relationship to various experiences of mental illness. In the exhibition, artists
portray a sense of distance or isolation from something, somewhere, or someone—an absence that is either physical, mental, or emotional. The exhibition draws inspiration from the perception of mental illness in Eastern culture, notably Japan, and provides a platform for artists who have direct or indirect experience with mental illness. Presented in Japan, the country with the third highest suicide rate in the developed world, this public display on mental illness seeks to dissipate taboos that discourage open conversation on the subject. Art is an important mediator in this project, creating an approachable entry to a subject which is normally not discussed.
Artists: Atsushi Watanabe, Chen An An, Maura Terese
Femmexplicit Digitalia explores and celebrates how explicit female sexuality and corporeality are a symbol of power today. The exhibition addresses pornography, pleasure, sex work, privilege, sex-positivity, and cyberfeminism in relation to how new technologies of interconnectivity reopen perceptions of identity and authority in relation to the female body and women’s sexual agency. An origin of self-authorship and intentionality in the works of this exhibition and displays how the internet and the phenomenon of self-authored images, such as selfies and homemade porn, brought these bodies and sexualities back into the mainstream in an unprecedentedly pervasive and expansive way, creating another possibility for feminists to take advantage of these modes as a tool. The artists in Femmexplicit Digitalia cultivate a culture of viewing sexuality as a conduit to power, and technology as a means of dissolving gender and sexuality-based divisions. The works in the exhibition present a stream of methods demonstrating how empowerment may be sought in the domain of digital society. This phenomenon continues to be in dialogue with other feminist practices and approaches striving toward advances in autonomy and respect for women’s bodily and sexual agency.
Artists: Faith Holland, Lindsay Dye, Megan Elaine Wirick, Molly Soda, Tabita Rezaire, MATH Magazine
Photos by Birdie Piccininni
The Map Is Not the Territory examines the construction of representation through socially and lawfully imposed, arbitrary boundaries. The title addresses the distinction between an entity and its abstraction. The aim is to interrogate discrepancies between reality and belief in response to the current ubiquitous use of non-sequiturs in the public arena. Conceived at the dawn of an unprecedented, divisive presidency, the exhibition upholds the spirit of resistance against misrepresentation and the commandeering of identities in our history and contemporary culture.
Artists: Brittany Cassell, Kate Gilmore, Martine Gutierrez, Ann Hamilton, Camille Lee, Anh Thuy Nguyen, Helene Nymann, Bita Razavi, Melanie Reese, Vangeline, Roberto Vega
Photos by Birdie Piccininni
My-O-My celebrates an erotic, queer magazine of the same name from the late 1960s and ‘70s. In Middletown, New Jersey during 1972, police entered a bookstore without a warrant and confiscated the publication which was viewed as profane, resulting in a legal dispute. Each piece within the exhibition represents one of the thirty-two pages of the magazine. Walking through the space, one may experience the publication as life-size, as if paging through the magazine itself with their whole being. The subject matter calls back to a time of queer repression and seeks to bring it to light, reminding us to celebrate progress to this day. This small part of history may have been lost but is now remembered for the ways in which freedom and love have triumphed through years of repression. Especially today, freedom of identity and remembrance of the past are more important as we face another oppressive political climate.
Artist: Jade Yumang
Photos by Jade Yumang
Jasa McKenzie is a visual artist, exhibiting her work regionally and nationally. She focuses on oil painting, digital photo manipulation, and collage. Her work addresses themes of morbidity and decay, the body, and the power of the female form in the face of stereotypes.
Group Exhibitions:2018 Broken Hearts, Artless Bastard, DePere, WI
Awards:2017, Hope Art Competition Finalist