Two visits, two very good galleries. Both Kibbee and MINT are currently showcasing work which focuses on femininity and the human body.
Kibbee Gallery held their fourth show this past Saturday, featuring work by McCalla Hill and Kelly Cloninger.
Perhaps one of the most curatorially interesting aspects of Hill and Cloniger’s show was how well their pieces worked within a home/gallery environment. Both artists explore issues of femininity and the human body, so it felt fitting to see Hill’s video pieces hidden away in closets or narrow hallways, and the hearth used as a focal point for Cloninger’s work. The use of a home, a concept frequently characterized as an extension or metaphor for families and individuals, lends an extra dimension to these two artists’ work which would have been missing in a traditional gallery setting.
I didn’t get to see enough of the Plastic Aztecs’ show. To be fair, I don’t think anyone got to see enough of the show. MINT was packed, and a good portion of the Aztecs’ pieces were smallish trophies with hilarious titles—picture a room full of people leaning over to read minuscule hand writing, then grabbing their friends, who then repeat the process.
When we started talking about sexual commentary, when you address things that deal with sports … or competition in general … things like costuming or making a trophy and [the meanings] all that equals—I think we really get into it. Yes, it’s about sports … though it’s more about the celebration of the winner.
—Andrea Sanders, speaking in an excerpt from localhost/burnaway’s previous interview
As with most of my favorite MINT shows, Saturday’s exhibit was about spectacle. And spectacle makes good art.