Saturday, November 19, 2011

She Accepts the Proposition

"The mid sixties to the late seventies marked a particularly fertile, experimental period in which several new art movements rapidly emerged to challenge customary notions of audience reception. While early dealers such as Irving Blum and Henry Hopkins have been canonized for promoting innovative artists, the role of other galleries and dealers in the Los Angeles scene of that era is less well known. With She Accepts the Proposition, we examine the critical contribution of Los Angeles women art dealers in particular to the advancement of nontraditional art practices, in the period from 1967 to 1977"

- Quote from  HERE

Find more information and pictures HERE

The exhibit is being displayed at Crossroads School's Sam Francis Gallery.

Here are some images:


One of the artists whose work was displayed in the gallery was Dorit Cypis, THIS is her website.
Her piece, A man is in Buffalo, is one that seems to be up for interpretation. It is a hole that has been carved in the wall, with a brick pattern etched around it. The image in the hole appears to be a night view of a city (and one would assume the city is Buffalo, New York) through a window.


1. She grounded her piece in the the environment of the person looking at it. Why?
2. Are we the ones (or the so-called 'man') looking through the window at the city?
3. What is the significance of the brick. Or rather, why are we viewing the city through a hole?


To the right of the hole, Cypis hand-wrote this poem:

I really like it. Especially the line: "His ship shoes buoyed". Dismissing the fact that I am unable to pronounce 'buoyed', i really enjoy this line because it is so simple, yet so incredibly visual. I picture shoes floating above a wide expanse of ocean. A feeling of weightlessness, of happiness.

The whole poem is very compact and very clever, in my opinion. I like the use of homophones in the first and last lines. Sea..see...sea..see.. (not exactly in that order). I like when people play with language. It's very Gertrude Stein, who wrote "I like the feeling of words doing as they want to do and as they have to do".  You can find the excerpt of her writing from which this line stems HERE

Anyways, I enjoyed this exhibit because of the large array of work, that all differed from each other, but all went together. All the art was in the color scheme black and white, mostly. Save the video on the far left of a man paining a room six different colors.

I recommend checking this one out if you are in the area.

more pictures for your viewing pleasures:

These LIFE pieces are by:


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