Venture to Orchard Street and peek inside the wonderland of Strange Loop Gallery. Currently, a show entitled XX – As in Female Chromosome, will be on view until October 18, 2012. The group exhibit showcases the work of 9 outstanding artists, including Sara Jimenz, Miriam Castillo, Terttu Uibopuu, Jamie Sneider, Angela Marzullo, Miguel Gesso, Violet Forest, Cupid Ojala, and Tatiana Godoy.
‘When she talks, I hear the revolutions
In her hips, there’s revolutions
When she walks, the revolution’s coming
In her kiss, I taste the revolution’ Kathleen Hanna – Bikini Kill
The above quote, which is attached to this group exhibition, explains it all. Upon entering the space there is a small light up pegboard that reads “Pussy Riot,” a distinct homage to the Russian feminist punk-rock band. It stands underneath a large photo of two girls in undress, one taking a snapshot of the other. The viewer is peaking into their world, their room is in disarray and daylight shines through. It is reminiscent of the Baroque classical works, most all featuring a strong ray of light shining through a window and into an interior. The impressive photographer, Terttu Uibipuu, who was born in Estonia, received her MFA from Yale University.Going forward we see a glass case full of wedding memorabilia. A sketch that ponders the question, “Did our dog ruin our sex life?” And hangers full of nude colored underwear with ‘perfect’ genitalia rendered on the sweet spot. I know of a few girls who are ashamed of their vagina (even some who have special adolescent names for their special private part). This piece represents the misconception that vagina is frankly – ugly. I do not agree with that assumption and this work pushes that theory. There is a photo featuring two models. One model, who is not wearing the underwear, stands ashamed. The other model wears the underwear and stands proud and happy. I could not help but giggle and relate. We all had that one moment where we look down and wonder: “Is it pretty?”
Then to my delight several pieces by Sara Jimenez jumped out at me. A large water color on paper hung elegantly against the yellow wall. A nude female hanging upside-down in a somewhat fetal position is coming undone with yarn into two mummy-like figures. Sara Jimenez was featured on the hit Bravo show, Work of Art. The artist performed extremely well on the show and I became a true fan of her style. Her work is delicate and explores intense issues without throwing them in the viewer’s face. Jimenez is a multi-dimensional artist and the gallery also features her video installations.
Stop by Strange Loop Gallery for a feast for your eyes. I promise you will not be disappointed. I left feeling as if I entered a private home full of tiny different rooms – each with their own meaning.
Strange Loop Gallery
27 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002