Lace & Gunpowder
The Male/Female Exhibition
David Aschenbrener & Karen Searle, John Schuerman & Lynn Speaker,
Kim Matthews & Ron Taylor, Tina Blondell & Nick Harper,
Curated by John Schuerman
November 7 – December 20, 2012
Artist Reception: Saturday, November 10, 6 – 8 p.m.
Artist’s Panel: Tuesday, December 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Artist’s Panel: Wednesday, December 5, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
All Events are Free and Open to the Public
Human history is riddled with gender inequity. The problem has been dissected and studied in countless ways. In this exhibition we surpass the problem–analysis and simply put into practice what seems to make sense: equal opportunity, equal respect, and a chance to learn from the combined perspectives. It is a vision in action.
The exhibition features four male/female pairs of artists [David Aschenbrener & Karen Searle, John Schuerman & Lynn Speaker, Ron Taylor & Kim Matthews, and Nick Harper & Tina Blondell] working in four distinct artistic genres. It is meant to stimulate the audience and open them to more meaningful questions about male or female views. Typically we look at art as individual output/endeavor. In this exhibit, each pair has similarity of subject matter, theme, and art form; the artists’ names have been withheld from the labels but are available on the reverse side of this document for the purpose of asking the viewer to discern which is done by the male artist and which is done by the female artist? Why do you come to these conclusions? Also, the pairing of the male and female viewpoints gives rise to the unanswerable question: What are the meaningful differences and similarities of the male/female psyche? This pairing facilitates the viewer to probe more deeply, to try to determine/unveil what can be learned when male and female artists — working in similar veins but with distinct personal artistic visions — are shown side by side. How is the perspective more complete with both male and female views?
Each artist has a story and a claim to make on his or her own (i.e., without relation to one another). And the show in total has a story and claim of its own. The audience has opportunity to explore both the personal artistic expressions of individual artists and the sociological theme expressed through the design of the show.
– John Schuerman,