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The One NSFW Art Opening You Can Take Your Kids To (Video)

 

NSFWPortland, Maine – Monday, February 3, 2014

Imagine if Auguste Renoir and Valerie Solanas had a baby…

Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 2.27.58 PMArtist Greta Bank‘s show NSFW allowed her to transmogrify Portland, Maine’s SPACE Gallery into an immersive landscape of paintings of the female form, raw building materials, and a wall of diffused light, but that was only part of the fun. She transformed herself as well.

Donning a partial drag persona, she created an alter ego of faux French Impressionist, Gustave Menet.  A “genderfucked” woolly-stilt-walking male artist trope with TITS!  Wielding handmade brushes,  a spirit gummed  gray biker beard fright wig, the titular NSFW Hell’s Angels style jacket, red crotch flowers simulating menstruation, and a bra.. Painting in the middle of a gallery, he/she painted and overpainted the pieces in the show off and on during the course of it’s eight week run last fall.

Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 2.25.24 PMThe experience was documented by filmmaker David Meiklejohn.

SPACE Gallery is located at 538 Congress St., Portland, ME.  Their current exhibition Free For All is an unjuried group show featuring works by a wide variety of artists in a democratic curatorial fashion.

More of Greta’s work can be found on her website: MySecretStudio.com

The project NSFW was funded by The Artists Resource Trust and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Written by Cojo “Art Juggernaut”

About Cojo Art Juggernaut

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Artiholics, Art Sucks, and the soon to be launched podcast Artist In Repose, Cojo "Art Juggernaut" (Colin C. Jorgensen) is a NYC based artist, art writer, and occasional photographer.

2 comments

  1. I went to this show, it was not very good, the message was bland and mundane, and the structures were poorly executed. It was put together slip-shod, and there was no over-arching design or excellence to it. Why such a write up? I know of many far more eloquent artists that execute flawlessly with razor sharp relevance in today’s society. What do they need to do (I.E. who do they need to service) to get this kind of exposure?

    Wanting to play the game, waiting for the rules.

  2. Renoir should demand a paternity test.

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