Saturday, March 13, 2010

Whitney Museum Biennial with Heels

Every two years, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City blooms not only for the springtime but for new artists in America (not necessarily from America but who created art in America).  This year's biennial was entitled simply "2010" and consisted of photography, painting, video, sculpture, and some mixtures of mediums that surrounded deep concepts like women who burn themselves in Afghanistan to avoid abuse in a marriage or just plain marriage and more simple playful ideas revolved around illusory visual perception games.

One of my favorite exhibits this year, if not my favorite, was from artist Kate Gilson.  Gilson created a video of herself breaking into what seemed to be a roofless carton made of sheetrock.  Once she breaks in, she spends the rest of the short film trying to climb up and out.  (The video was intended to represent a woman's struggle in finding her identity.)

What struck me about the video, aside from the idea, was the artist's attire.  To break into sheetrock, only to break out again, Gilson not only chose feminine attire but feminine attire with heels.  Who in their right mind enters a sheetrock carton with heels to try to climb out?

For the film, Gilson wore a vintage type red polka dot dress with her heels.  It was lovely.  And I think all women should fight for their rights and identity and should look cute while doing it.  Especially if it involves a vintage red polka dot dress.

Below you'll find a picture of Gilson climbing up the carton, followed by a link to the video of her in this action, followed by a link to the Whitney Museum Biennial.

If you haven't checked out the Biennial yet, you must put in on your to-do list (before May 30th)!

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