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Metamorphosis

Orlando's Downtown Arts District will inaugurate the 2019 Spring/Summer Female Curatorial Series for its new City Arts Gallery at the Rogers-Kiene Building between mid-March and mid-July. In its concerted efforts to recognize women’s contributions to, and positions in, the art world, the Series features five prominent Orlando-based female art curators.

For a June 20–July 13 exhibition, I will present the multimedia work by four outstanding women artists: Elisabeth Condon, Maya Gelfman, Sun K. Kwak, and Kelly Joy Ladd. This group exhibition highlights the transformation of materials and traditions as an artistic process, while powerfully challenging reductive assumptions about female artists’ visual language. On opening night, Sun K. Kwak, a Korean-born, New York-based interdisciplinary artist, will create a ‘space drawing’ with black masking tapes on a gallery wall, which will remain on view for the duration of the show. New York- and Tampa-based painter, Elisabeth Condon will showcase her magnetic paintings, which hauntingly combine the visual vocabularies of abstract expressionism and Chinese ink scroll paintings with the representational motifs of the wallpapers and fabrics from her childhood home. In addition, Israeli-born artist Maya Gelfman will lend her works on paper, as well as her figural sculpture made of leather and yarn, Laocoona and Baubo, which reinterprets these two figures from Greek mythology. The exhibition will also feature the three-dimensional works constructed with cut paper by emerging local artist Kelly Joy Ladd. Metamorphosis: The Place of the Past in the Present brings together outstanding women artists across borders, highlighting their vibrant artistic achievements.

Funded by Orlando, FL (March 2019)