The Women of GLOBAL ART PROJECT
Curated by Carl Heyward
GALLERIE RENEE MARIE
April - May 2020
The Gallery is closed...but we will hang GENDER GAP at Gallerie Renee Marie at the end of the month with an awareness of the limited physical audience it may experience given the critical state of the health of our cities around the world. With respect to the work, to the artists and those interested in contemporary expression, GENDER GAP will reside indefinitely in the gallery to honor these efforts with creative alternative means employed to virtually expose the show. Great thanks to Renee Marie Jordan/ Stephanie Gray / Patricia Calabro and Akiko Suzuki
We are engaged in discussion to develop and experiment with alternative means to expose the artists and their creative output; enhanced video access; Zoom virtual tours and will exhaust every avenue incorporating new media toward safely reaching a sheltered- in- place audience. For the physical and creative health of our community
An opportunity to offer balance, a small gesture of equanimity, of acknowledgement to those who inspire and support my efforts and have joined in this collaborative process is greatly appreciated.
GAP is a collaborative mixed media cooperative consisting of 60 active members based in 17 countries; a membership equally consisting of men and women.
In GENDER GAP we turn to the women...
I personally feel that some of the same forces that contribute to women acting as supreme creators engaged in the process of culture building, of making things of beauty, comfort or sustenance have also contributed to a sort of ghettoization of those efforts, demeaning and limiting the recognition of these contributions, both historical and contemporary, obscuring significant advances in the arts as well as the culture in general.
A similar deconstruction, misreading and appropriation of reality is experienced traditionally by "minority" cultures as their / our contributions are regulated secondary while simultaneously the fruits of these creative endeavors nurture the culture and human kind as a whole.
Having stated this premise based on a similarity of experience or simple empathy, it would nonetheless be presumptuous of me to dictate what fixes, addresses or resolves these inequities. Giving energy to the "problem" , in some cases, only legitimizes it and sets up two camps at odds as opposed to engaging in a personal evolution of consciousness or perception, which is the path I have chosen, in the issue of not only Gender, but also Race, National Identity, Political Rivalry even Schools of Art Practice.
GENDER GAP: The Women of Global Art Project is an invitation for artist and viewer to partake of an opportunity offered to me as a curator and in turn offered to you, as a member of GLOBAL ART PROJECT and evolved cultural observer; as a practicing working artist who happens to be female, to interpret this open theme as you wish based on your own creative initiatives, investigations, interests and perspectives.
In some small way, this gesture, this exhibition, this intention combined with similar examples of open, non-discriminatory practice may, in time, obscure centuries of misogynistic behaviors that diminish and demean us all.
GLOBAL ART PROJECT
A warm welcome to the 38th issue of the arts magazine Inspirational.
We have the work of seven of the best contemporary artists from around the planet, sharing the disciplines of: digital art, photography, painting, drawing, illustration, sculpture, textiles, collage and mixed media. We have two in depth interviews with contemporary artists: India based art photographer Sandeep Biswas; and Netherlands based digital artist and art photographer Judith in den Bosch. We also have the featured portfolios of four contemporary artists: Greece based digital artist and art photographer Tilemaxos Varsamas; UK based fine art painter Greg Farndon; Italy based fine artist Devis Bergantin; and US based fine artist and sculptor Lisa Hochstein. As well as a feature on the present Global Art Project exhibition: GENDER GAP.
Cover artist for this issue is Sandeep Biswas.