On View: August 4-27, 2016
Reception: Saturday August 6, 7-9pm
Artist’s Talk: Thursday August 25, 6pm
Gallery 263 is pleased to present latchkey kids, a Curatorial Proposal Series exhibition featuring a new series of mixed media works by Stephanie Todhunter. Twenty plaster-encased, hand-colored, 70s-era Dawn dolls form the backbone of the show. Macro-photographic portraits capture these frozen girls, their faces then printed on canvas and glass and buried underneath layers of metal leaf, spray paint, paper and wax. Some of the girls are shiny and brittle, others are bleached and torn. With these girls in latchkey kids, Todhunter gives voice to “generation x”; described as one of the least parented, least nurtured generations in recent U.S. History.
Latchkey kids were identified by the house keys worn around their necks; a stigmatizing symbol for both their peers and teachers. Growing up in the late 70’s and early 80’s – in an atmosphere of escalating Cold War tension, high crime, environmental disasters resulting from corporate negligence, Satanic Panic, record divorce rates and increased child disappearances – these children were simultaneously self reliant and completely subject to the vagaries of the adults around them. This independence, combined with unstructured free time, resulted in invisibility; manifested in Todhunter’s portraits by blurred features and obscured identities. In an era before cell-phones and computers, and prior to after-school programs and extracurricular activities, network television served as the “electronic babysitter” and surrogate parent. Like the flickering TV sets they watched late into the night, Todhunter’s girls shimmer behind screens of smoke and glass — a radioactive landscape.
Current Calls for Art
1) January 3 – February 4, 2017
2) March 12 – April 15, 2017
Deadline: Sunday November 13, 11:59pm
We are pleased to announce a partnership with The Boston LGBTQIA Artists Alliance, which will result in a group exhibition from November 16 – December 4, honoring Trans Awareness Month.
There is a resonant overlap between the introspective nature of drawing and the trans experience. In contemporary art, drawing is celebrated for its experimental gestures of liberation from traditional forms of picture making. It is highly attuned to sensitivity and feeling, free to represent experience in individuated ways, liberatory for the non-conforming individual.
Please visit the BLAA website or Facebook for the full prospectus, guidelines, and application instructions.
Deadline: Sunday September 4, 11:59pm