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Re-examining Pink
April 7th - May 1st, 2011

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Re-examining Pink, our exhibition for Yes Women Can 
starts April 7th and runs until May 1st.
 
Join us for our "Meet the Artists" event from 
12 to 2pm on Sunday April 17th.
Refreshments will be served, all are welcome.
 
You can also visit us at our booth at Yes Women, Can!
Buy your tickets at http://www.yeswomencan.ca/
 
Admission to Arbor Gallery is always free - your $2 donation is appreciated 
 
The gallery is open 12-5, Wednesday to Sunday

Featuring works by:
Darlene Burningham
Nathalie Germain
marie-noël
Jeannine St-Amour

And in the gift shop...
Unframed art works by
Freda Pemberton Smith
Erica Taylor
(And Jeannine St-Amour)
Jewellery, Pottery and other items!

Curator’s Statement - Re-examining Pink

When I began planning an exhibition to coincide with the 2011 “Yes, Women Can!” event, I kept remembering a video I had watched in a class at OCAD while doing my undergraduate degree. It was made in the early 90’s and featured a group of female curators who were working on an exhibition at New York’s New Museum. The now legendary exhibition was called “Bad Girls.” They were trying to choose which female artists to include in the show. One curator described an artists’ work as “seminal” and stopped herself. “What’s the female equivalent of seminal?” she asked and the whole group laughed.

The video continued with images of artist Portia Munson, installing her “Pink Project.” It consisted of thousands of pink plastic objects that had been thrown away, collected by the artist and arranged on a pink-draped table. To see the work, please visit www.portiamunson.com/installations/pink-project.html

These days, you can find almost anything in the colour pink, but in 1994, the pink, breast-cancer marketing deluge had not yet begun. As she laid out each item, Munson described her collection as an examination of the cultural meaning we give to the colour pink and its use in marketing to women and young girls. The piece was later reconstructed at PPOW Gallery in New York, which describes the work:

Consisting of thousands of found pink plastic and rubber objects spread out on a table, this careful arrangement of society's junk cast-offs causes visual overload, instilling simultaneous delight and disgust within the viewer. The nightmarish array of objects created to appeal to women and girls, includes hair curlers, pacifiers, fingernails, combs, dildos, barrettes, toys, tampons, kitchen gadgets and hundreds of other items representing the conclusion of mass consumption and seduction. Pink Project was an inspirational piece that preceded society's global attention to the environment and foreshadowed the art world's response to it as well. In fact, Pink Project was originally reviewed almost entirely as a treatise on feminism rather than the environment.

 – From PPOW Gallery’s Website (www.ppowgallery.com/press_release.php?id=57)

The piece kept coming to mind when I was scheduling the exhibitions for 2011 and I decided, in light of the new pink-marketing landscape, it was time to re-examine pink.

The exhibition contains many responses to the colour pink. Artist marie-noël was inspired to create her own pink project, with a collection of objects related to the recent wave of breast-cancer marketing. Darlene Burningham has created a series of pink paintings meditating on the different meanings of the word, while Nathalie Germain’s work looks at what’s on the other side of those rose-coloured glasses. Jeannine St-Amour has expand the boundaries of the exhibition by investigate pink along with three other colours. She has included panels below her photos with information on the effects of each colour on women – and men.

Visit the gallery during the show to pick up your pamphlet containing this essay along with a paragraph by each artist. We hope you will enjoy their writing and their works.

-- Jessica Sarrazin

 

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