Danica and I actually went for coffee at the Flying Pony and waited for the crowd to thin a little. Gerrard Art Space is a nice, bright little gallery, but when 60 or 70 people show up, it’s pretty full. [MAP]
Jennifer Nikitin, left, with Danica.
Jennifer Nikitin‘s one woman show offered viewers 19 pieces at very reasonable prices ranging between $825 to as low as $75. My photos don’t give you much of a sense of her work, because I hesitate to reproduce artworks without copyright clearance. Besides, it’s best to see the actual pieces to appreciate the texture and many fine details. Online photos are available here.
This show is themed around social issues, with particular emphasis on gender stereotypes (past and present), artificial, imposed roles and what I would say are strong feelings about the “False Fronts” often required of women. Nikitin uses plays on words, typography, photography, collage, illustration, paint, or whatever she needs to express herself. Her most individualistic medium is felt, which she handles skillfully to make very tactile pieces … polychrome relief sculptures, I’d say.
“You can touch them,” she said, when she was explaining the layers of a collage I admired for its composition and tonal values. Isn’t THAT refreshing!