We are excited to announce MORE THAN MEAT, a two person exhibition featuring the work of Brooke Smith and Alexis Stevenson. The exhibition will run from Friday, May 26th to Saturday, May 27th, 2017. The opening reception is Friday, May 26th from 6 to 9pm. A live performance by Alexis Stevenson will take place at 7pm. Meet both artists and hear more about their work during an informal artist talk on Saturday, May 27th from 10am to 12pm. The venue is located at 404 West Broughton Street, Savannah, GA. Both events are free and open to the public.
10% percent of proceeds from the sale of artwork will benefit the Rape Crisis Center of Savannah GA.
In response to Carolee Schneemann’s seminal exhibition More than Meat Joy and recent award of the Venice Biennale Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, Brooke Smith and Alexis Stevenson use a variety of media to explore the objectification of women throughout society. Like Schneemann, both artists hold a strong focus on identity politics through the performance of body, gender, and race. Smith’s work revolves around the nature of self curation through social media and the pressures placed upon women to meet constructed standards within our hypermobile society. By playing with the cliche of women as meat, she is commenting on objectification through contrasting images of women.
Similarly, Stevenson’s work visually and conceptually propels the viewer into an examination of race, identity, and socio-politics. She utilizes performance art and spectacle to initiate discussions concerning the historical context of systematic oppression in this country. Her work is performed in historic slave port cities and during the performances, she presents her body as a visual signifier of unseen history. The raw cotton sculptural piece is a reference to African-American slaves and the role they played in ultimately building the foundations of this nation’s economy.
Brooke Smith, Intimate, 2016, Double Channel Video (3:38)
Brooke Smith (b. 1993) will be receiving a B.F.A. in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA in the spring of 2017. She has exhibited her work in Savannah, GA. She has also been a studio assistant for the Ladd Brothers during their installation at the Pei Ling Chang Gallery, Savannah, GA. Her practice revolves around the nature of self curation in social media and the quickly evolving effects of a hypermobile society upon identity of women. Smith currently lives and works in Savannah, Ga.
Alexis Stevenson, St. Augustine: Image 1, Photograph (1/10), 2017
Alexis Stevenson (b. 1995) will receive a B.F.A. in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design at the Savannah, GA campus in the spring of 2017. She has exhibited her installations and performance work in several group exhibitions in Savannah, GA. Her work has also been installed and exhibited in multiple public art venues including Forsyth Park and the Chatham County Courthouse in Savannah, GA. In the summer of 2017, Stevenson will be relocating to Winston-Salem, NC where she will teach and continue developing her body of work.