Went There




Okay, there’s a TANK. How can you not love a show which has a freakin’ TANK in it? Of course it’s not a real tank, but still. And the best part, is the tank’s placement. You shall not ignore the TANK, nossir!

On a mid-March Friday night, Waltham’s Lincoln Arts Project celebrated the opening of their 9-Artist show A WOMAN’S ARMS. Like the title implies, this all-woman show curated by artist/art-commentator Robert Moeller, features guns as part of a collection of mixed-metaphor works, many of which aim to blur gender associations. Take Emmy Bright’s portrait of friend and show cohort J.R. Uretsky for example, “Dude”. J.R. themselves was in character that night (essentially being me) as Jeremy, an enthusiastic reporter-dude with cameraperson in-tow getting up in artist’s grills. Much of J.R. Uretsky’s video work involves playful costumery. Her piece in this show, ‘Jesus Cleans Your Apartment’ however, explores the role of ‘servant’ in disturbing and iconoclastic ways. Getting back to the TANK… no, shouldn’t spoil it. Just come and see this creation of a Karley Klopfenstein for yourself!

Ignoring the giant penis in the room for the moment, there was a performance-art piece by Sandrine Schaefer in which she secreted herself within a toppled Doric column of whitewashed trash cans and video-blogged live online. A Delphine vibe emanated from the channeled introverse of this work which spoke not only to feminist themes but also from historical and modern virtualization ideals.

Mixes of modern and antiquated were elsewhere evident throughout the show with crocheted and crosstitched rifles and pistols by Karley Klopfenstein and Katrina Majkut as well as neo-homesteader gear crafted by Abigail Newbold.

Back to penises. Several were on display in their non-metaphorical form in found-art sculptures by Elaine Bay alongside her video-installation ‘Makeup Tips for Anonymous’.

The full effect is best appreciated in situ, with the three videos playing simultaneously on gold-painted equipment, lending greater scope to the work and it’s modern references of anonymity and usury. These themes were continued nearby in paintings by Sophia Ainslie where bar-codes form the central theme for coded commentary. Still more dicks were in attendance, if only by their quoted public statements on the topic of rape, as documented on the disquieting comforter quilted by artist Julia Parker. Such comforting domestic images of women (knitters, servants care/life-givers) were indeed, challenged centrally throughout the show.

And capping an evening of challenging art, we were treated to sweet East Coast rap stylings by YUNG ZILLA a.k.a Maggie Cavallo. Kick ‘em in da grill Magz!

On view 3/13-4/26

Gallery hours: Thurs.-Sat., noon-6pm

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