It's been many moons in the making, but we're excited to announce the opening of LADIES REPRESENT!, an all-female, all-awesome art show opening next week at Superchief Gallery in New York's Lower East Side.
In collaboration with digital art and cultural collective Superchief, we've curated an amazing lineup of female artists from all over the U.S. Works range from the intricate wheat pastes of street artist Swoon to E.V. Day's gravity-defying installations and new diptychs by photographer Jaimie Warren, among others.
The show will run from August 13-18 at the Superchief Gallery at Culturefix (9 Clinton St. between Stanton and Houston). BUST will host an opening reception on Thursday, August 15 from 6-9 PM.
Read on for more info about the women behind LADIES REPRESENT! and see some of their past work below.
Mummified Barbie, 1991-present | Barbie dolls, beeswax, and twine | 12' x 2" x 2"
E.V. Day is a New York-based installation artist and sculptor whose work explores themes of sexuality and humor while employing gravity-defying suspension techniques. Day received her MFA in Sculpture from Yale University School of Art. The first work in her Exploding Couture series, Bombshell, was included in the 2000 Biennial of the Whitney Museum of American Art and is now in the Museum’s permanent collection. She has had numerous solo exhibitions, including the 2001 installation G-Force at The Whitney Museum at Altria and a ten-year survey exhibition in 2004 at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. She exhibited her 14-sculpture installation Divas Ascending at Lincoln Center in 2009-2010; the exhibit traveled to The Kentucky Center in 2011 and The Houston Grand Opera in 2012. Day has exhibited with Deitch Projects, Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art, Salomon Contemporary, Dieu Donné Paper Mill, and Henry Urbach Architecture in New York; with Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago; with G Fine Art in Washington, DC; with Otero Plassart Gallery in Los Angeles; and with Galerie Hans Meyer in Berlin. She has been awarded grants and residencies from Versailles Foundation Munn Artists Program, at Claude Monet's Garden, Giverny, France; ArtPace San Antonio; New York Foundation for the Arts; Dieu Donné Paper Mill and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Day’s work is in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, The New York Public Library, the Saatchi Collection, The Lever House, The Smithsonian Institution and in numerous private collections.
Untitled-detail (Vandeventer and Olive Streets, St. Louis, MO), installed 2011 | Life-size wheatpaste print and paper cutout | Photo by Michael Schoenewies
Swoon, originally from Daytona Beach, Florida, creates outdoor print installations featuring portraits that age and decay in cities around the world. She uses scavenged and local materials and embraces print media as a potent means of action for social change. Swoon has designed and built several large-scale installations, most notably the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea at Deitch Projects in 2008. Her pieces have been collected by of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Tate Modern. Major pieces have appeared at MoMA PS1, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Black Rat Press. For the past several years, Swoon has been traveling in the United States and abroad, creating exhibitions and holding workshops. She founded the Toyshop collective and the Miss Rockaway Armada, and is a member of Just Seeds and the Transformazium. Since 2006, she has organized four large-scale raft projects and floated down the Mississippi and Hudson rivers with them. Most recently, she and her collaborators designed a flotilla of sea-going rafts that invaded the 2009 Venice Biennale.
Self-Portrait as Ivana Trump/Self-Portrait as An Artichoke in Ivana’s Hair Totally Looks Like An Artichoke by catlovre2008
Jaimie Warren is a photographer and performance artist living in Kansas City, MO. She has had her first solo artist monograph published by Aperture (New York, NY) in 2008, and her work is featured in the Rizzoli publication "SHOOT: Photography of the Moment" featuring 26 photographers including Nan Goldin, Juergen Teller and Wolfgang Tillmans, which was released at the New Museum in New York in 2009. Warren has exhibited at Smith-Stewart and Steven Kasher, New York; David Castillo, Miami; Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, Atlanta; Max Wigram, London; Showroom for Media and Moving Art, Rotterdam, NL; Getsumin, Osaka; Beida University, Beijing; Colette, Paris, with solo exhibitions at The Hole, New York, and White Flag Projects, St. Louis, and solo museum exhibitions at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Miami Dade College Museum of Art & Design. Her photography has been published in dozens of national and international publications. Warren is a recipient of the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program grant, the Rocket Projects grant funded by the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and a United States Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award. http://www.dontyoufeelbetter.com/
Kembra Pfahler/The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, From Independent Film Channel's "I Believe In Halloween" | Photo by Kristy Leibowitz
Kembra Pfahler is an artist and rock musician, best known as the painted lead singer of The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, a theatrical death rock band she co-founded in 1990. The band uses music, drawings and films to spread a clear message of love in a beautiful, tsuristic, anti-natural, fearless and happy way to dispel the antiquated notion that there is a hierarchy of artistic mediums. In her art and music, Pfahler follows the philosophy of availabism—making the best of what’s available. This is apparent in the low tech props and homemade costumes the Girls of Karen Black don on stage and which fill Pfahler’s exhibition installations.
Mountain Rangers, 2013
Beth Hoeckel is a full time collage artist and multidisciplinary designer from Baltimore City.
Custom stained-glass installation (detail)
Dame Darcy is a cartoonist who has published over 40 books, most recently The Hand Book For Hot Witches, a feminist guide for teens published by Holt. For more info, please go to Dame Darcy.com.
Beyond Pinterest, 2013
Caroline Hwang has exhibited at galleries and institutions such as Beaver Projects (Copenhagen), New Image Art (Los Angeles), and Clementine Gallery (New York). She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Trip, NYC, 2008
Veronica Ibarra is a New York based photographer whose work explores the beautiful, the ugly, the violent and the intersection between the metaphysical realm and glamour.
Alexis Mabry is currently living in Richmond, Virginia, where she is pursuing an arts communication degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her macabre style is inspired by horror movies, pin up girls, serial killers, and apex animals.
Laura McMillian was raised Conservative Christian in Alabama where she learned the power a woman can wield by shaping her identity through clothing. With a lifelong fascination in sewing, Laura has created performance and installation revealing the potential of subversion through masquerade.
Bombshell: The Life and Crimes of Claw Money (detail), published 2007
Claw Money is an artist, designer, author, entrepreneur, stylist, fashion editor and blogger. Find out more at www.clawmoney.com.
A Tendency to Cause Trouble, 2013
To cope with divorce, Martha Rich studied with painters Rob and Christian Clayton, who persuaded her to leave her human resources job at Universal Studios and become an artist full-time. She graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her commercial clients include Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Penguin UK, McSweeney’s, Hollywood Records, Portland Mercury, Y&R, Village Voice, Bon Appetit, San Francisco Chronicle, Henry Holt Publisher, and Country Music TV to name just a few. Her work has been featured in the Beck video “Girl” and on the television show "Girls." A book, Sketchbook Expressionism, featuring artwork from her sketchbooks was published by Murphy Design and Rich’s artwork has been shown in galleries throughout the U.S. and internationally. Rich also teaches at Tyler School of Art, Drexel University and FIT.
Beatrice Schleyer is a Brooklyn-based photographer, dancer and performance artist. She received a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2006 and enhanced her technical knowledge over the next 3 years working as a photo assistant in the fashion industry. In a society over-saturated with transient and superficial images, she strives to create auratic works and performances that request a deeper level of engagement and reflection from her audience. She has exhibited her photography in California, New York, Miami, and Europe with arts organizations such as Creamhotel, Femina Potens, and Local Project.
Raccoon Eyes, 2010
Brooklyn based artist Lauren Silberman holds an MFA from ICP-Bard where she is also a faculty member. Her work has been exhibited in New York, LA, and Paris and featured in the New York Times Magazine. When not photographing empty, beer-drenched lofts in the aftermath of epic dance parties, she can be found photographing her friends or dipping her toes in the nearest body of water.
Heather Marie Vernon's current project, Pink Anxiety, explores expressive arts, intimacy, gestalt and collaborative acts in a year long YouTube residency. She decided to experiment with this new platform by creating multiple persona's and building an avatar's vocabulary of gestures. Throughout this residency she has witnessed the dream-text of globalized telepresence and the day-residues of work as an art educator, practicing artist, art therapist, and feminist performance artist.
Requiem, 2011 | Digital archival prints
Chocolate (still), 2010
Martynka Wawrzyniak (b. 1979, Poland) is a mixed-media artist who has worked with photography, video, performance and installations. Her solo exhibitions include Smell Me (2012), Kids and Ketchup (2009) at envoy enterprises, New York; Chocolate (2012) at Jousse Enterprise Gallery, Paris. Recent group projects include: FG.Ft (2011) at envoy enterprises, New York; Mob (2011) at Bullet Space, New York; Commercial Break (2011) presented by The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture at the 54th Venice Biennale, Italy; 4 Sale (2011) at Galeria Ego, Poland.
Born and raised in Missouri, Sarah Wilmer earned her BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design in New York City, where she currently lives and works. Her work explores themes of danger, sensuality, the other, nature, beauty, magic and mystery. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and in Europe.Selected exhibitions: Dream Divers, Lookout Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, 2012, Come Together, FotoDC, Washington, D.C.,2012, Solo Show: Sarah Wilmer, Humble Arts, New York, NY 2011, Exquisite Corpse, Civilian Art Projects, Washington, D.C. 2010,TASCHEN, Presented by Humble Arts, New York, NY, 2010, Nes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland 2009, Amaranth, Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia, Italy 2009, Helsinki Biennale, Design Museum in Helsinki, Finland 2008-2009,New Works, Randall Scott Gallery, Washington, D.C. 2008,Dusk for Dawn, Night to Never, Photo, Northhall Gallery, New York, NY 2006 Selected Recognition/Awards: American Photography 28, American Photography 26, New York Photo Award Fine Art Series Nominee, PDNs 30 emerging photographers.Selected Clients and Publications: TIME, New York Magazine, BUST, Virgin Records, Esquire, V Magazine, SURFACE, Nomenus Quarterly, Vogue Korea, Communication Arts, and PDN.
Web of Beauty (still), 2013
Twiggs Gorie is an NYC artist based in Queens. She is heavily influenced by horror cinema and mythology. In particular she is influenced by the beauty in slasher and giallo films of the 1970s and 1980s. She uses Halloween decorations and regular household items to create spooky scenes in her work.
Maggie Carr has written about TV, feminism, fashion, and other kinds of lady business for BUST and Thought Catalog, among others. She's never not tweeting about Kanye West at @racecarr.