if you're in the Connecticut area, check out this incredible show at the Fernando Luiz Alvarez Gallery in Stamford until June 20th!
Shelby Head is a gifted artist focusing in sculpture who's inspired me for my entire life! she's been best friends with my mom since long before my birth and has been there ever since - my aunt minus the blood relation. while much of the posts on this blog will be about people i'm fans of and will never meet or know, its definitely just as if not more important to take note of those actually in one's life who have enriched the journey with their presence & energy. Shelby's art has always been around me, both consciously and subconsciously influencing my life's path into the visual arts. i've witnessed her work explore a wide range of concepts and aesthetics; she's never been one to stay in the same lane, though all of her work feels undeniably Her. Shelby currently has a solo exhibition on display at the Fernando Luiz Alvarez Gallery in Stamford, CT called Beyond Indifference, a powerful, thought provoking and uniquely visually stimulating collection centering on ideas of gender, identity, power and the politicization of the body. i was psyched to be able to make it down from Boston for the opening recently, but the show is up until June 20 if you're in the area and can check it out, you very much should do so! regardless, i got pictures of the opening including most of the art & her statement on the show, check it out in the slideshow below:
the exhibition's tone or raison d'être is set by the piece 'Power Figure' which is the only work in the show not coming off of a wall; pictured multiple times, its the almost mummified female figure lain out on an ironing board and bound by the iron's cord, burned and with knitting needles protruding from the chest. other pieces bear titles like 'Gender Bias' and 'Gender Neutral' and use domestic objects to explore the gender ideas associated with them and how that is a microcosm of how feminine identity has been defined and politicized. i was especially struck by the shadows of the wall pieces, and how that worked metaphorically with the undertones of the show - all the more reason to observe it in person if you can, pictures can only do so much justice to any art! you can see more on Shelby Head here and the Fernando Luiz Alvarez Gallery here - Beyond Indifference is up until June 20, check it out for yrself!