“Inside/Outside Voices” Exhibition

Winston Wachter Fine Art

poster for “Inside/Outside Voices” Exhibition
[Image: Jil Weinstock "White Butterfly (Sudan)" (2017) Pigmented polyurethane rubber and mixed media, 12 x 7 in.]

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Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York presents Inside/Outside Voices, a dynamic group exhibition of photography and sculpture that explores four feminine and powerful voices: Meghan Boody, Zoë Buckman, Penelope Umbrico and Jil Weinstock.

The phrase, “please use your inside voice,” is often addressed to those speaking too loudly. “Inside voices” are also the internal dialogues we have that comment on moment-to-moment experiences, critiquing decisions and interactions with others-thoughts best left unspoken. In contrast, sometimes an “outside” voice is required when something needs to be heard, something that contributes to the human experience. The four artists in this exhibition generate a critical and visual dialogue around issues that are at once deeply personal and universal: adoption, voyeurism, aggression, mortality, beauty, and life. These artists question the unwritten but deeply felt rules of internal vs. external expression.

In Let Her Rave, Zoë Buckman sews wedding dresses into boxing gloves, and hangs them from chains in clusters. The masculine sport of fighting is united with, but not concealed by, the feminine trappings of silk, lace, and embroidery. Buckman challenges the notion that women are fragile, or that they require a man’s permission to “rave.” In Present Life,Buckman photographs flowers on the brink of decay, preserving the very moment between life and death, challenging notions of permanence and transience.

Meghan Boody states, “the mechanism of human change consumes me.” The Lighthouse and How She Got There is a narrative based on Victorian female orphan characters, illustrated with digitally constructed images. Throughout the series, the hybrid heroine faces character-transforming challenges but the tale is left vague. Familiar fairy tale tropes such as a noble white horse, a strict schoolmistress, a haunted house, invite the viewer to fill in the blanks and enter an emotional experience with the character, blurring the lines between lived experience and fantasy.

Penelope Umbrico continues her decade-long exploration of broken screens in Broken Sets and TV’s from Craigslist. Umbrico is “interested in the incidental beauty of the screens as messengers of failed technology.” Broken Sets feature photographs of LCD-TVs listed on eBay for parts, cropped to show just the screen and its abstracted colorful display. TVs from Craigslist features images of blank screens, capturing the presence of the photographer/seller in the reflection. In both series, Umbrico explores and exploits the beauty of the space between function and ruin, material presence and absence.

In The Language of Flora, Jil Weinstock explores the powerful and historical symbolism found in flowers, particularly the Victorian language of flower arranging, in which the type and style of flowers arranged would carry a wealth of meaning. Weinstock arranges and suspends her flowers in rubber, preserving as well as binding them together. Lit from behind or framed in elaborate Victorian-style cast rubber frames, these works memorialize and celebrate flowers as contemporary memento mori, representing both beauty and decay.



from September 07, 2017 to October 21, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-09-07 from 18:00 to 20:00

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