SPOM – Sexual Politics of Meat Exhibition

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The Sexual Politics of Meat Exhibition is coming up soon at The Animal Museum.  The exhibition itself will run from 26 February till 30 April 2017.  I’ll be there for the install and opening weekend – and I’m thrilled at the line up of events – http://theanimalmuseum.com/events/spom-opening-weekend/

The Sexual Politics of Meat Exhibition: Opening Weekend Festivities

“How does someone become something?” – Fourteen contemporary women artists ask and explore this very question through a variety of media in The Sexual Politics of Meat, a landmark and thought-provoking exhibition presented by The Animal Museum and curated by Kathryn Eddy, Janell O’Rourke, and L.A. Watson.

EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING
Join us for an insightful weekend with the legendary Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat, Dr. Stephen F. Eisenman, and the exhibition curators and artists.

OPENING RECEPTION
With special guests: SPOM author Carol J. Adams, Dr. Stephen F. Eisenman (author, The Cry of Nature: Art and the Making of Animal Rights), Martin Rowe (Lantern Books), and the exhibition curators and artists. PLUS live jazz music from Stray Dog Song, wine, beer and vegan bites.

SUNDAY COLLOQUIUM:
2 to 3:30 PM
“The history of the sexual politics of meat slide show: working with ARTISTS, liberating ideas and oppressive images” presented by Carol J. Adams, followed by a Q&A

The Slide Show provides an ecofeminist analysis of the interconnected oppressions of sexism, racism, and speciesism by exploring the way popular culture draws on dominant Western philosophical viewpoints regarding race, gender, and species. It identifies how meat has been a valued masculine-identified protein source and the ways that assumptions about meat eating reinforce a gender binary. It proposes that many meat advertisements are conduits for hate-speech against women and also that they offer ways to encode “whiteness” without being explicit.

4 to 5:00 PM
“Women, Animals, and Art” Panel Discussion
A rousing discussion with Carol J. Adams, the curators, and artists that address the theories found within the book. Panel moderator: Dr. Stephen Eisenman, author of The Cry of Nature: Art and the Making of Animal Rights

Selvedge – boobscape

The new boobscape has finally finished – cast no.1 fairly simply with hanging rings for Selvedge #VAMFF, in March 2017.  I will take some better photos when the sun comes out!  In this work the boobscape has been laid out on the leather symbol and brings together the slink & boobscape series (slink: a type of luxury leather mostly taken from fetal calves).  This boobscape makes the connection between the gendered exploitation of non-human animal bodies and the production of leather materials.

Below:  photos just after pulling the cast off the mold. I love the rich colours of the reverse where latex meets plasticine – it would be great if it stayed so lush, the reverse of casts are always fascinating – this one reminds me of the sandstone rock formations around Sydney and fossils.  When I laid it out on the table to powder it and pick of bits of non-skin –  it felt like I was treating/tanning an animal skin, as the size and scale is like the whole tanned skin of a calf (the leather symbol coming from the simplification of the tanned skin of a large mammal).

Australian Artist’s Grant

Really pleased to find out I got an Australian Artist’s Grant to assist with costs to travel to Los Angeles to be part of SPOM: The Sexual Politics of Meat Exhibition at The Animal Museum.

 

The Australian Artists’ Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts.

The Animal Museum

The Animal Museum is opening in December 2016, I’ll be heading over in February 2017 to be part of the Art of the Animal: Sexual Politics of Meat exhibition – which I see they’ve abbreviated to SPOM! – and I’m also looking forward to viewing their permanent exhibit of the history of animal advocacy in the US.

Info about the exhibition as it becomes available: http://theanimalmuseum.com/exhibits/the-sexual-politics-of-meat/

 

Review – The Art of the Animal

A/Professor Annie Potts has just reviewed The Art of the Animal for Antennae: Journal of Nature in Visual Culture.  Of my work she says –  “The eeriest and and arguably most provocative artworks in this book appear in Melbourne-based Lynn Mowson’s essay “Beautiful Little Dead Things.”” [sic]  and “Slink resembles human-animal hybrid carcasses, drained of blood to a shade of yellow decay: strung up, the sculptures look like the grotesque bodies found hanging in slaughterhouses or meat lockers.  Through these stunning works Mowson succeeds in highlighting the tension between presence and absence, human and animal, reality and fiction”.

The review can be read online here.

Art of the Animal Exhibition

The exhibition that accompanies the book The Art of the Animal will be hosted at new premises of The Animal Museum, LA between February 24 – April 30th 2017.  Carol Adams will be joining us for the opening on the Friday night, and there will be a weekend of artist’s panels and talks.  More news to follow.

Preparing works for F generation: feminism, art, progressions

Packing up the flesh that binds us (fleshbook: latex & tissue), 2015 and a copy of The Art of the Animal for the F generation: feminism, art, progressions exhibition and archive.