Girl Can't Help It presented by Art Tooth
March 1 – March 30, 2019
RECEPTIONS: Friday, March 1, 2019 @ 6 PM - 9 PM
Saturday, March 30, 2019 (Spring Gallery Night) @ 6 PM - 9 PM
Art Tooth proudly presents the opening of “The Girl Can’t Help It,” an exhibition featuring works from Christine Adame, Fari Rahimi, and Tiffany Wolf Smith.
In this all-female exhibition, artists explore themes related to both the personal and cultural shaping of feminine identity and experience. Regardless of very real barriers and external forces at play, every woman plays an active role in shaping their identity and environment, whether domestic, public or private. By centering this undeniable power to adapt and shape one’s reality, each of these artists inevitably complicates society’s limited definitions of the feminine. Through personal investigations of narrative, identity, shared space, and shared realities, they each reveal just some of the complexities of what it means to be female.
Presented in partnership with the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, “The Girl Can’t Help It,” is Art Tooth’s first exhibition of 2019, as part of their Art Collective Residency at FWCAC.
The opening reception for “The Girl Can’t Help It” will be held March 1st, 6-9 PM. The exhibition will be on view through March 30th, Spring Gallery Night 2019.
A note from the artists:
At the intersection of printmaking, drawing, and language, my work examines hybridity and how it manifests in the journey of the self. I focus on composing a visual archive of emotional transition through familial storytelling, identity, mourning, and resilience, distilled through the lens of intersectional feminism.
My work is a symbolic portrait of the interior feminine self, reflecting the conflict between perceived vulnerability and inherent vitality. I chose steel as my medium because of its weight, strength and raw quality, while transparent glass rods are used to create visual movement and mystery. Incorporating images behind the glass further elaborates the themes of my work. By using simple geometric forms, I force the viewer to focus on only a small portion of the piece in order to derive its meaning. Through subtle use of subject matter, I challenge the viewer to employ two separate, but connected filters in the interpretation of my work: the personal and the political.
In order to thoroughly unravel the themes of my work, the viewer must actively engage with each piece. This requires participation in a kinesthetic conversation, in which movement and position shape imagery and perspective. The physical and metaphorical barriers surrounding women allow them to interact with narrow segments of their worlds. Within these confines, they discover ways to shape their environment, constructing a rich and complete reality. As my work represents this unique aesthetic, the viewer gains a direct understanding of the power of adaptation.
Tiffany Wolf Smith
I am currently exploring a combination of feminine identity and the curiosities of domestic space by taking an experiential and semi-pragmatic view of what it is to be a woman and how that changes with one’s age, relationships, and choices. Womanhood’s evolution and rites of passage are marked along a rigid trail: menstruation and breasts, dating, engagement and marriage, pregnancy and motherhood. All of these rites create homogeneous labels of transitioning female identity: virgin, bride, mother…etc. My drawings, photography, sculpture, and installations weave these perceived rites from expressions of naivety to acts of personal bravery to the plainly pathetic.
There is a correlation between my current timeline on the rites of passage and my home space. How I use my personal space is conditional to outside forces. What a person surrounds themselves within private space is revelatory; it's biographical, fetishistic and shows a penchant for certain aesthetics. I am interested in transferring segments and symbols of my own domestic paradigm into the studio environment by taking swatches of home and putting them in a new context.
About Art Tooth:
Founded in 2016 by Fort Worth art collectives Bobby on Drums and Exhibitionists, Art Tooth is a new art consortium dedicated to educating and exhibiting regional contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists, while building new relationships between artists and art patrons. By partnering with established local art dealers, organizations and businesses, Art Tooth continues its founders' "pop-up" concept, making invigorating art accessible and solidifying the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area’s reputation as an art destination. Art Tooth serves as an arts partner, artist resource, and hybrid gallery project designed to elevate the creative practice of participating artists through exhibitions, networking events, educational workshops, and increased social media presence.