GROUP SHOW ‘SELF REFLECTION’ OPENS AT THE UNTITLED SPACE

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View images from the opening of SELF REFLECTION (75 photos)

SELF REFLECTION: A Group Show of 21 Female Artists Addressing Self-Portraiture
The Untitled Space Gallery
45 Lispenard Street Unit 1W NYC 10013
Exhibition on View: September 27 – October 8 | 10am – 6pm

On September 27th, art enthusiasts flocked to The Untitled Space for the opening reception for the gallery’s latest exhibit, SELF REFLECTION, a group show of 21 female artists addressing self portraiture. Attendees to the event got a the chance to mingle on-site with many of the featured artists in the show include The Untitled Magazine’s editor-in-chief Indira Cesarine, as well as ANGE, Erin M. Riley, Leah Schrager, Marie Tomanova, Meredith Ostrom, Sophia Wallace, Rebecca Dayan, and Karen Bystedt, who made a jaw-dropping entry in a gold sequined jumpsuit that matched her piece, Gold Queen of Compassion (with Lucratif).

Left: Sarah Maple “Fried Eggs”, Middle: Erin M. Riley “Self Portrait 3”, Right: Polly Penrose “January 2015, Curved Wall” - Featured in "SELF REFLECTION" Exhibit, Untitled Space Gallery, New York
Left: Sarah Maple “Fried Eggs”, Middle: Erin M. Riley “Self Portrait 3”, Right: Polly Penrose “January 2015, Curved Wall” – Featured in “SELF REFLECTION” Exhibit, Untitled Space Gallery, New York

The work featured in SELF REFLECTION dives past the shallows of the typical Insta-girl selfie in order to delve into the deeper meaning the work of artists exploring self-portraiture as a cultural and political statement. Participating artists use the practice of self portraiture as a means to contemplate, as both creator and subject, contemporary issues of gender, identity, sexuality, body image, censorship, and self-liberation. Through their own process, be it autobiographical, metaphorical or inspired by performance and impersonation, these artists present visual narratives that interrogate social, cultural and political dialogues. Self-portrayal becomes a means to address the personal as political via self-reflection and reinvention, tackling conventional notions of female image and taboo.

Featured in "SELF REFLECTION" Exhibit, Untitled Space Gallery, New York
Left: Ahn Sun Mi “Auto Portrait 3”, Middle: ANGE “FINGERSPITZENGEFÜHL”, Right: Leah Schrager – Featured in “SELF REFLECTION” Exhibit, Untitled Space Gallery, New York

Artists in the exhibition use diverse methods such as tea painting, watercolors, tapestry weaving, collage, medium format and Polaroid photography to take the self-portrait beyond its classic definition. They present themselves in their own terms, using their imagination to expand upon dual roles of creator and subject, artist and performer. They interrogate stereotypes of woman as mother, wife, lover or sexual object in works that are at once compelling narratives. Their image becomes their canvas, a tool for self-examination and cultural contemplation.

SELF REFLECTION continues The Untitled Space’s tradition of highlighting female artists and their visual responses to current culture. The exhibit will runs through October 8th, 2016 and includes artists Ahn Sun Mi, Alexa Meade, Andrea Mary Marshall, ANGE, Coco Dolle, Carol-Anne McFarlane, Cornelia Hediger, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Erin M. Riley, Hiba Schahbaz, Indira Cesarine, Karen Bystedt, KESH, Leah Schrager, Marie Tomanova, Meredith Ostrom, Natalie White, Polly Penrose, Rebecca Dayan, Sarah Maple, and Sophia Wallace.

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