the pink elephant in the room

Despite systemic gender and racial inequity within the art world, serious discussion of the continually unfolding effects of bias continues to be largely taboo. In this series, I pair rib-tickling and color to address this subject, exposing it while rendering it visible. Titled "The Pink Elephant in the Room," it uncomfortably and humorously occupies and pre-occupies the symbolic White Cube. Ample factual evidence provided by counting of shows, reviews, gallery representation and collection practices by the work of groups such as Brainstormers, Guerrilla Girls and Gallery Tally prove the gender/racial bias in the art world is still pervasive, and yet the phenomenon and its multilayered mechanisms are far from being thoroughly theorized, much less accepted as a problematic situation. The Pink Elephant in the Room addresses the "invisibility" of these issues through indulging in the color pink as a feminist statement while also re-signifying upon the language of abstract painting.

Painting installation, Project Room at Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles, 2015. Part of "Multifarious Abstraction," curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill. Photo credit: Gene Ogami.

 

Pink Elephant Installation

"The Pink Elephant in the Room," Project Room, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles [2015]

The Pink Elephant in the Room

 

 

The Pink Elephant in the Room

 

 

The Pink Elephant in the Room

 

 

The Pink Elephant in the Room

"The Pink Elephant in the Room Demonstrates How to Cut on the Bias," 60 x 156 inches, mixed/canvas

 

 

The Pink Elephant in the Room

"The Pink Elephant in the Room Articulates Reversibility," 78 x 60 inches, mixed/canvas

 

 

The Pink Elephant in the Room

"The Pink Elephant in the Room Reveals Painting's Underlying Structure," 78 x 60 inches, mixed/canvas

 

 

the pink elephant in the room ruminates

"The Pink Elephant in the Room Ruminates on the Order of Things,"16 x 19 inches, mixed / Duralar

 

 

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"The Pink Elephant in the Room Sails to Unknown Lands," 16 x 19 inches, mixed / Duralar

 

 

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pink elephant in the room addresses the glass ceiling

"The Pink Elephant in the Room Addresses the Glass Ceiling," 16 x 19 inches, mixed / Duralar

 

The first work of The Pink Elephant in the Room series, a temporary installation, was created for Art x Women, a special project of nine galleries exhibiting work by women artists hosted by A.I.R. Gallery and The Affordable Art Fair in NYC. Co-organized by Kat Griefen, the project included talks, discussions, tours and special installations. Participating galleries: A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Accola Griefen Gallery, New York, NY, ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation, Chicago, IL Rutgers Institute for Women and Art, New Brunswick, NJ Ceres Gallery, New York, NY Concrete Utopia, Brooklyn, NY Kris Graves Projects, Brooklyn, NY SOHO 20 Gallery, New York, NY, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

The Pink Elephant in the Room is featured in The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic, a contemporary aesthetics book by philosopher Monique Roelofs.

 

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"The Pink Elephant in the Room," temporary installation, Art x Women, AAF 2011, NYC

 

 

pink elephant detail

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