Ladies Night in Lascaux - Liz McCarthy & Hope Esser
Opening Reception: 16 June 2017 19.00Running from 16 June- 7 July 2017Exgirlfriend GalleryHolsteinische Str. 18, 12161 Berlincontact@exgirlfriendberlin.comExgirlfriendberlin.comLadies Night in Lascaux is a dual person exhibition that includes sculpture, garments, video, and installation vignettes that visually and physically challenge historical narratives around artistic and cultural authorship. The title of the exhibition playfully references the location of Paleolithic cave paintings in France, the theater of a nightclub, and the misconception that the first artists were men. Through varied approaches both artists explore and mutate the body to perform the role of maker, female, usher, musician, magician, icon, or muse in order to shift comfortable contemporary archetypes and myths. The works highlight the function of objects and bodies as they become performers on the stage of our collective experience.Hope Esser is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, garment, sculpture, and video. She earned her BA from Oberlin College and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was awarded the Toby Devan Lewis and the James Nelson Raymond Fellowships. She has performed, screened, and exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Gallery 400, the Arts Club of Chicago, and La Esquina Gallery, among others. She has been an artist-in-residence at Triangle Arts Association, ACRE, Hatch Projects, the Watermill Center, and Ox-Bow, where she was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Scholarship, and has also been a recipient of the SAIC Faculty Enrichment Grant.Liz McCarthy is a cross-disciplinary artist that recently completed her MFA at University of Chicago at Illinois. Her work has been included in group and solo exhibitions around the United States at galleries such as ACRE Projects, Heaven Gallery, Calvin College Gallery, Columbia College Arcade Gallery, Mana Contemporary, Gallery 400, and Threewalls. She has attended artist residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, ACRE, High Concept Laboratories, and Banff Centre. She was recently nominated a “2017 Chicago Breakout Artist” by NewCity Magazine.