Laws of Attraction examined in Look Attractive
Thursday, November 8, 2012, 5 to 7 pm
November 8, 2012 through January 14, 2013
The UMKC Gallery of Art presents a curated exhibition that features work from seven national and international artists who address the subject of attraction. Look Attractive investigates the convergence of physical, biological, cultural, environmental and societal influences on beauty, all of which ultimately determine our choice of mate. Paralleling this interchange of external and internal factors in human courtship are the similar reactions we have to pieces of art that we find attractive.
The exhibition offers several diverse interpretations. Jane Almirall’s experience of motherhood led her to study the conflicting forces of devotion, heartbreak, and aversion. Max Key’s highly decorated canvases reflect society’s adoration for commercial gaudiness, which often acts as a veneer for more unpleasant realities. Carol-Anne McFarlane’s provocative illustrations serve as a harsh—but also humorous—criticism of the “male gaze”. Kate O’Donovan Cook’s theatrical self-portraits question the nature of identity. Keer Tanchak’s rococo-inspired paintings juxtapose the classical and the modern, comparing the decadent and fantastic culture of 18th century France to our present existence. Dawn Woolley’s illusionist photographs are a striking testament to artificiality and idealization, voyeurism and exhibitionism. Finally, Erin Zerbe’s video performances unabashedly target issues of fatness, sexuality, and body policing.
Fall gallery hours (until December 14*):
Mondays 1-4pm, Tuesdays 11am-4pm, Wednesdays 12-5pm, Thursdays 11am-7pm, Fridays 9am-3pm.
*After December 14, gallery hours will change to Tuesdays to Thursdays 9 am to 3 pm and Fridays 9 am to noon.