Adam D. Kamil Gallery, Mandeville Center
Opening Reception, February 21, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
February 21 - 24
12:00 - 5:00 PM
The Adam D. Kamil gallery presents Bodyline; a collaboration between Jessica Ballenger, Mary Mastrangelo, and Jeszica Jean exploring the concept of the body over time through sculpture, drawing, painting, and performance. The collection of works came together through a series of conversations in 2016 and 2017 about the performance of gender identity within a landscape of oppression and negation. Connecting the artists is an attempt tocommunicate their subjective experience of the body within a fluid identity. Individually produced works are tied together by an additional series created through a process of collaborative intervention. Jessica Ballenger’s two and three dimensional objects set out to visually describe the aging process while at the same time collaborating with artists half her age to allow for a sort of time travel and re-examination of the past. Exploring notions of identity forming without labels like “wife” and “mother” opens up a space for a new understanding of body that is increasingly self-defined. Mary Mastrangelo’s drawings explore the closeness of line, character, and body. With figures spun from line interacting with a plane of color forms, she attempts to address the inescapable presence of human interpretation that warps all things tangible or intangible. The resulting bodies or parts of bodies, rely on the lower planes of amorphous color fields to make sense of their own positionality in an otherwise disorderly world. Jeszica Jean’s works form an expression of her experience as a perceived female and form an abstract illusive response. As an expression of her place and space in this time, they manifest in alternative mediums to express a didactic simplification of complex forms found in her surroundings. The show runs from February 21 through 24, 2017 with a performance of the Feminist Poetry Generator during the opening reception on February 21 from 5-7pm.