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FIRED UP // Natalie Baxter
Carlos Gallery, Nabit Art Building, Sewanee, TN
Nov 1 - Dec 16, 2017
Fired Up is an exhibition of recent works by Natalie Baxter that showcases an interpretation of the current political landscape in the United States. After Baxter’s series, Warm Gun, a collection of quilted firearms gained press, the work drew inevitable criticism from online commenters and internet trolls. Baxter explores the culture of online hate through sewn wall hangings that depict some of the comments she received, such as those that question her sexuality and her role as a woman. The work focuses on a microcosm of online hate in order to shed light on a larger conversation about the divisive nature of society and masked aggression.
Baxter’s soft sculpture work combines sewing and quilting techniques learned from her grandmother with recognizable American iconography to produce pointed cultural commentary. Her visually inviting sculptures distort male imagery, bringing ‘macho’ phrases and objects into a traditionally feminine sphere while questioning their potency.
On View: October 10 2017 – January 27, 2018
WHERE: ArtsWestchester Gallery
31 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY
Tue – Fri, 12-5pm | Sat 12-6pm
Opening Day Program: Saturday, October 7, 2017, 3pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 7, 2017, 4-6pm
ArtsWestchester’s “Give Us The Vote” is inspired by the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. This contemporary art exhibition in downtown White Plains examines the state of voting rights in America today.
The idea that American democracy is government “by the people, for the people” is fundamental to our national identity, yet the history of who has access to the ballot box in America is troubled. The right to vote is the most contested in American democracy. “Give Us the Vote” is a contemporary art exhibition inspired by the one hundredth anniversary of the victory for women’s voting rights in New York State, and examines the state of voting rights in America today.
The suffragist movement was one of the most powerful grassroots political movement of the 20th century. Women and men from all walks of life rallied together to win women an equal say in the democratic process and full recognition as citizens. The battle for the ballot raged through the Civil Rights Movement leading to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, ensuring that the right to vote would not be denied on account of race or color. Still, not every citizen has equal access to the polls. Each election cycle reveals remaining disenfranchised populations and raises controversy about who should, can and does vote. In addition to recognizing the achievements of the suffragists, artworks will address the many enduring barriers to the ballot including gerrymandering, stringent voter registration requirements, voter registration roll purges, and revisions to the Voting Rights Act.
Carla Rae Johnso
nLise Prown & Curt Belshe
From Oct. 3 – Nov. 4, Fountain Gallery (330 Main St., Lafayette) will exhibit CLEARLY CONFUSED by Natalie Baxter. The opening reception will be at 5:30PM on Tuesday, Oct. 3, and will feature a talk by the artist.
Natalie Baxter learned to sew and quilt from her “Appalachian, gun-owning granny.” Her recent work uses craft materials and techniques to create plush guns, bloated flags, and pillows embroidered with social media comments. Interested in concepts of place identity, nostalgia, and gender stereotypes, Baxter’s soft sculptures take sensitive, challenging, and divisive social and political topics and turns them into humorous, droopy, bloated, and sometimes flamboyant objects. Through this transformation, Baxter strives to create an approachable entry point from which to unpack political issues that have become points of division in today’s political and social landscape. Natalie Baxter’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the U.S.A.. She has been featured in The New York Times, Jealous Curator, Huffington Post, The Guardian, and Hyperallergic.
Fountain Gallery is located at 330 Main St. in downtown Lafayette and is open 12-7PM, Tuesday - Saturday. All Purdue Galleries exhibits and events are free and open to the public. For class and group visits, contact Erika Kvam at 765-494-3061. For more information, visit http://www.purdue.edu/galleries or follow @PurdueGalleries on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
WHEN: Oct. 3, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Fountain Gallery, 330 Main St., Lafayette
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public
Fired Up, Melted Down
Exhibition Curated by Regina Parkinson
Featuring the work of Natalie Baxter and Devra Freelander
Fired Up, Melted Down is an exhibition examining the current temperament of American politics, specifically addressing the issues of gun violence and climate change. Devra Freelander and Natalie Baxter are both emerging female artists based in Brooklyn. Although they address vastly different subjects matters, they both use non-traditional sculptural methods and create work that functions as an access point to important topics in our world today.
Curated by Shiva Aliabadi
Gallery II, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
July 26th - August 20th, 2017
Soft opening: Wednesday, August 2nd, 7p to 9p
Official Opening Reception: Saturday, August 12th, 7p to 9p
Brittany M. Powell
Tessie Salcido Whitmore
Maria Fernanda Nuñez
The exhibition and its title, Bitter Candy, deal with work that presents a very bright, dynamic surface impression-- that seemingly appears fun or colorful and playful-- but is really imbued with deeper commentary on our society, psychology, relationships, and such. Each artist in this show comes from a unique perspective that addresses this complexity of the playful revealing deeper, heavier realities, ideas, or notions. As the title reveals, while candy is by definition and production sweet, a bitter candy surprises-- with an unexpected reality, pushing the taster out of her/his expectations.