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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Anna Davis's The Dance Before the Kill at Long View Gallery

Tonight (June 3, 2010), Long View Gallery celebrates the opening of its latest show, “The Dance Before the Kill” by Anna Davis. The opening reception is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The show will be up through July 1.

From the press release:
In her first exhibition of works on paper, "The Dance before the Kill," Anna Davis continues her investigation of contemporary feminist concerns, this time giving form to the sexually charged hostilities that pervade both gender and race relations. Her new series adopts the pasodoble as a metaphor to contrast the fluidity of women's roles with the aggressive, prideful posturing of paternal authority. She has translated the gray Frocasian characters of her vibrant mixed media paintings into starkly black and white illustrations of entangled bodies. An amalgam of the terms Afro and Caucasian, Frocasian designates the artist's construal of Primitivism's noble savage and symbolizes the utopist aim to transcend identity politics. On paper, however, these figures lose their uniformly gray hue, underscoring their cultural oppositions and differences in appearance. This tension, along with the flamboyant garb and histrionic facial expression of each character, evokes the dance of the bullfight.

Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth Street, Northwest

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