Wild Family Friday, August 18 - Saturday, October 28, 2017
Opening Reception August 18, 4 - 6pm
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WILD FAMILY is a group show dedicated to memories, representations, and imaginings of matriarchy. Named after a 1510 drawing by artist Albrecht Altdorfer, this exhibition imagines a world in which women rule.
Altdorfer was an accomplished German Renaissance painter, architect, city planner, and wine maker, credited with inventing the genre of western landscape painting. Unlike his contemporaries, Altdorfer prioritized depictions of the natural world over idealized human bodies. Many of his works feature lush foliage and atmospheric cloudscapes. Figures, when present, do not exploit the natural environment but rather participate within it. His early works in particular aligned more with pagan traditions than Christian ones; in addition to thick forests, Altdorfer depicted feral humans, witches, and other apparitions in his compositions. His is a world in which woman and man, child and adult, soil and flesh churn and pulse on the same horizontal plane.
The exhibition uses the drawing as a framing mechanism, as both an alternate history and as a dissection of patriarchy. Like Altdorfer, the works on display de-naturalize current power relationships while conjuring the arrival of a transformed landscape. Assuming that historical representations contain kernels of worlds to come, WILD FAMILY stumbles toward a suffusion of female energy.
Proceeds from the sales of all Demian DinéYazhi' works will support the Indigenous Action Network.
Photos by Joel Tsui