Wednesday, April 17, 2013
For the past several years I've been making psychological narrative paintings - fantasy worlds with young girls carrying out their various acts. The last body of work (2010) Softcore War, dealt with the fantasies of would be suicide bombers based on a series of articles that I read. The current work, (2013) Under the Rainbow is different. Under the Rainbow is akin to being under the influence of something, in this case the rainbow, which is a product of light that feeds darkness. The rainbow is a symbol of power that is the antagonist. It is the other partner that the femme fatale figure has a relationship with. When I first started creating these paintings Summer of 2012, the Pussy Riot incident was loud and clear in the news. I watched a video of protestors chanting behind a chain link fence in defense of the Pussy Riot members. The protest was peaceful. When a young woman dawned a pink mask and continued her chant, the police immediately went after her. I was amazed that a simple colorful mask that she was under became a symbol of aggression so quickly. The term "Under the Rainbow" had been mulling in my head for some time, and this moment, further solidified my desire to use this term for the title of my new work. When I think of the femme fatale in this series, I've been inspired by both the characters "Black Widow" in the Avengers and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. They both cross the line to get information that they need. The play both the victim and the protagonist. As the work developed the female began to interact with the amorphous rainbow cloud monster, sometimes suggesting that a line had been crossed, perhaps sexually, to get what they needed, as seen in Trophy 1 & 2. Teeth were extracted and hair, either pubic or beard, was removed. As for the abundance of hair and hidden faces, I've been searching for new ways to obscure identity, that isn't always construed as a religious veil. The work is not religious at all. Veils are traditionally a symbol of faith and devotion, but they can also be used as a bandit or mask to conceal identity when committing a crime. The fabric pieces are anthropomorphized veils that embody the power of the rainbow. It would be dangerous to put one on. It makes me think of mad scientists who drink their potions to become Jekyll and Hyde types of characters. Throughout the body, there are still some spill overs from the last series of work, namely from the small group of drawings that I created Summer of 2011 called "Lashes for Ankles". The girls are still flaunting gold teeth and exposing themselves in ways that break the law, or push boundaries, depending where you live. This information might shed some light on the current work, however the driving force will always be deeply personal and psychological. I recently saw a show about Ian Flemming, the author of all of the James Bond books. James Bond was his alter ego and perhaps the girls are mine.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
If you'd like to see the collection of my new body of work titled "Under the Rainbow", on exhibit at Whitespace Gallery April 5 - May 11, then copy the link below. Works that are not listed as SOLD are available for purchase through the gallery. http://whitespace814.com/2013/04/04/preview-under-the-rainbow-new-works-by-ann-marie-manker/
Friday, March 22, 2013
Under the Rainbow, the title of my new body of work, opens at Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA in two weeks! I've been working on this new body since last summer, when I made this self titled piece the first week of June 2012. This piece was partly inspired by vintage postcards of Niagra falls that I found at an antique shop. For many months I was thinking about using more black in my work and these post card images spoke to me. I also found inspiration in the illustrations of Kay Nielsen and his use of black. In the last 10 months I've made 16 new paintings which will exhibit for the first time on April 5th at Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA. Here is a sneak peak of some paintings. The first two are titled "Trophy 1+2" and the second is a detail shot of "Praying Mantis". These last few weeks I've been tinkering with wall hangings for the installation and here is an up close detail of one of the anthropomorphized veils that I have been creating. Photographer Karley Sullivan gave me some teeth that she cast and one of the pieces ended up in this sculpture. I've yet to come up with a name for it. I think it looks creepy but edible in a skittles kind of way. If you are in Atlanta anytime between April 5 - May 11, stop by the gallery to see the show. Or if you are from out of state and are interested in my work, you can contact me through Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll be posting the entire show online once it is documented mid April.
Friday, November 30, 2012
I've been holing up in the studio over the holidays to continue working on a new body of paintings that will make their debut April 2013 at Whitespace Gallery.
Monday, September 17, 2012
This Thursday, September 20th at 5pm, I will be giving an artist talk about my exhibition "Candy Coated" at Trois Gallery, Atlanta, GA. The show is a mini retrospective, so I think I will talk about several artistic endeavors that I have taken on within the past 10 years. There is a reception at 6pm immediately after the talk. I hope you can make it! Trois Gallery is on the SCAD Atlanta campus on Peachtree St. The exhibit is on the 4th floor of building A in the library.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Currently I have an exhibition in Atlanta titled "Candy Coated" at Trois Gallery on the campus of SCAD Atlanta. The exhibition started earlier this Spring and was on view at Pinnacle Gallery in Savannah, GA. It is a collection of more than 4 bodies of work dating from 2007 to the present. The show will be up until late September. There is a reception with artist talk on Thursday, September 20th, time TBA. I hope you can stop and see the work.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Lashes for exposing your ankles, that is what you get if you're caught, when living in the capitol of Somalia. You're also not allowed to wear bras, listen to music or television or have gold teeth. I'm flabbergasted. Well there goes hip hop among other things. Another odd restriction is the banning of the delicious fried Samosa...the triangular shaped food item, as it too closely resembles the Christian trinity.
These new drawings are a base reaction to such extremes, which I find unacceptable, unlivable and unhealthy. I have a problem with extremes in general. Especially when personal beliefs are imposed on others or used as law. As a western artist, I purposely mirror the disconnect between myself and the oppression which happens around the world. I'm interested in drawing young girls, rebellious in nature, floating in a fantasy world where it is safe to live dangerously.