Strange Looks

Herman Aguirre
Theresa Anderson
David Antonio Cruz
Rashawn Griffin
Matthew Harris
Becky Kolsrud
Jasmine Little
Didier William
Kyle Vu-Dunn

March 29 — April 28, 2018

Opening Reception
Thursday, March 29th | 6-9PM

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<p><span class="name">Theresa Anderson</span><br><em>sheer stretch</em><span class='media'>mirror frame, pigmentted pillow soft foam on panythose</span>49.25 x 13.5 in (125.1 x 34.3 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry TAND0005&body=I am interested in finding out more about sheer stretch by Theresa Anderson'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Herman Aguirre</span><br><em>Retrato de Paloma</em><span class='media'>Oil on canvas</span>16 x 12 in (40.6 x 30.5 cm)<br>2017<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry HAGU0001&body=I am interested in finding out more about Retrato de Paloma by Herman Aguirre'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Herman Aguirre</span><br><em>Self-portrait (void) No. 4</em><span class='media'>Oil on canvas</span>16 x 12 in (40.6 x 30.5 cm)<br>2017<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry HAGU0002&body=I am interested in finding out more about Self-portrait (void) No. 4 by Herman Aguirre'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">David Antonio Cruz</span><br><em>itsnotthatserious,ijustwanttobeyourlittleprincess</em><span class='media'>Oil and enamel on panel</span>48 x 48in in (121.9 x 121.9 cm)<br>2016<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DCRU0001&body=I am interested in finding out more about itsnotthatserious,ijustwanttobeyourlittleprincess by David Antonio Cruz'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">David Antonio Cruz</span><br><em>allthethingsthatwereleftbehindbroken</em><span class='media'>Oil and enamel on wood</span>17 x 11 in (43.2 x 27.9 cm)<br>2017<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DCRU0002&body=I am interested in finding out more about allthethingsthatwereleftbehindbroken by David Antonio Cruz'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Rashawn Griffin</span><br><em>Griffin 1/2</em><span class='media'>Felt</span>72 x 49 in (182.9 x 124.5 cm)<br>2017<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry RGRI0005&body=I am interested in finding out more about Griffin 1/2 by Rashawn Griffin'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Rashawn Griffin</span><br><em>Untitled (Mannequin)</em><span class='media'>mixed media on panel</span>20 x 16.5 in (50.8 x 41.9 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry RGRI0004&body=I am interested in finding out more about Untitled (Mannequin) by Rashawn Griffin'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Matthew Harris</span><br><em>Prince on Vacation</em><span class='media'>Glazed Ceramic</span>19 x 9 x 9 in (48.3 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm)<br>2015<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry MHAR0001&body=I am interested in finding out more about Prince on Vacation by Matthew Harris'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Matthew Harris</span><br><em>John the Baptist (silver)</em><span class='media'>Ceramic</span>9 x 18 x 17 in (22.9 x 45.7 x 43.2 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry MHAR0002&body=I am interested in finding out more about John the Baptist (silver) by Matthew Harris'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Becky Kolsrud</span><br><em>Lady of the Lake (Study)</em><span class='media'>Oil on canvas</span>20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.6 cm)<br>2018<br></p>
<p><span class="name">Jasmine Little</span><br><em>Untitled</em><span class='media'>Oil on canvas</span>52 x 47 in (132.1 x 119.4 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry JLIT0004&body=I am interested in finding out more about Untitled by Jasmine Little'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Jasmine Little</span><br><em>Untitled</em><span class='media'>Oil on canvas</span>40 x 30 in (101.6 x 76.2 cm)<br>2017<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry JLIT0001&body=I am interested in finding out more about Untitled by Jasmine Little'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Kyle Vu-Dunn</span><br><em>Big Stretch</em><span class='media'>Acrylic and crayon on fiberglass and plaster reinforced foam</span>29.5 x 24 in (74.9 x 61 cm)<br>2017<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry KVUD0001&body=I am interested in finding out more about Big Stretch by Kyle Vu-Dunn'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Didier William</span><br><em>M' Pito Rete a Kochon Yo</em><span class='media'>Collage, carving and ink on panel</span>48 x 36 in (121.9 x 91.4 cm)<br>2018<br></p>
<p><span class="name">Didier William</span><br><em>Godforsaken Asylum</em><span class='media'>Wood carving and ink on panel</span>60 x 48 in (152.4 x 121.9 cm)<br>2017<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry DWIL0003&body=I am interested in finding out more about Godforsaken Asylum by Didier William'>Inquire</a></p>
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Theresa Anderson
sheer stretchmirror frame, pigmentted pillow soft foam on panythose49.25 x 13.5 in (125.1 x 34.3 cm)
2018
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Herman Aguirre
Retrato de PalomaOil on canvas16 x 12 in (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
2017
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Herman Aguirre
Self-portrait (void) No. 4Oil on canvas16 x 12 in (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
2017
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David Antonio Cruz
itsnotthatserious,ijustwanttobeyourlittleprincessOil and enamel on panel48 x 48in in (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
2016
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David Antonio Cruz
allthethingsthatwereleftbehindbrokenOil and enamel on wood17 x 11 in (43.2 x 27.9 cm)
2017
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Rashawn Griffin
Griffin 1/2Felt72 x 49 in (182.9 x 124.5 cm)
2017
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Rashawn Griffin
Untitled (Mannequin)mixed media on panel20 x 16.5 in (50.8 x 41.9 cm)
2018
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Matthew Harris
Prince on VacationGlazed Ceramic19 x 9 x 9 in (48.3 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm)
2015
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Matthew Harris
John the Baptist (silver)Ceramic9 x 18 x 17 in (22.9 x 45.7 x 43.2 cm)
2018
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Becky Kolsrud
Lady of the Lake (Study)Oil on canvas20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
2018

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Jasmine Little
UntitledOil on canvas52 x 47 in (132.1 x 119.4 cm)
2018
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Jasmine Little
UntitledOil on canvas40 x 30 in (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
2017
Inquire

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Kyle Vu-Dunn
Big StretchAcrylic and crayon on fiberglass and plaster reinforced foam29.5 x 24 in (74.9 x 61 cm)
2017
Inquire

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Didier William
M' Pito Rete a Kochon YoCollage, carving and ink on panel48 x 36 in (121.9 x 91.4 cm)
2018

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Didier William
Godforsaken AsylumWood carving and ink on panel60 x 48 in (152.4 x 121.9 cm)
2017
Inquire

Gildar Gallery is pleased to present Strange Looks, a group exhibition turning its eye towards the unstable nature of the gaze. Featuring nine artists, the included artworks stage different approaches to representing the body aware of being on display. Elusiveness, allure and confrontation intersect in these complicated relationships between figures and onlookers. Lifting its title from the opening act of the play Salomé by Oscar Wilde, the exhibition draws a contemporary thread from this early modern reference to the power of seeing and being seen.

Salomé reconfigures the scant Biblical account of King Herod who offers his unnamed stepdaughter  anything she desires within his kingdom after she performs for him the sultry Dance of the Seven Veils. Consulting with her scorned mother Herodias, the princess chooses as her reward the head of the king's prized captive, John the Baptist, presented on a silver platter. Wilde shifted the perspective of this brief yet unnerving story with the historically secondary role of the princess, now identified as Salomé, taking center stage. 

Obsessed with the chaste body of John the Baptist, Salomé leverages visual access to her own body in order to possess his. In her fluidity as a "looker" the princess holds both compromised and empowered positions as she pursues the object of her desire. Reconstituting traditional roles, people and symbols through overt actions and subtle double-meanings, Wilde elevated the play from a disturbing character study into a metanarrative on the troubled act of looking itself. In doing so, he pulled the stitching out from long-held assumptions about object and subject, masculinity and femininity, and power and desire that are still unraveling today.   Premiered in France in 1896, the play’s reception in England helped emphasize its premise that looking is dangerous business when it stirred censors to ban its production.

Over 120 years since this radical debut, an expanded awareness of the gaze stretches well beyond man to woman and woman to man. Rather than fitting into fixed roles, the figures in Strange Looks assume volatile positions along the spectrum of how they look — both what they appear like to others, and how they peer out beyond themselves. Like the Dance of the Seven Veils, the striptease serves as a fitting metaphor for these self-conscious performers — at times visually seductive, at others resisting visibility. Neither wholly accessible, nor completely unavailable, these figures on display fluctuate between strategies of representation from camouflage to exhibitionism, delicate illusion to frank gesture, abstracted contortion to highly rendered posturing — whatever it takes to affect strange looks.

 

 

Selected Works

  • Theresa Anderson
    sheer stretchmirror frame, pigmentted pillow soft foam on panythose49.25 x 13.5 in (125.1 x 34.3 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Herman Aguirre
    Retrato de PalomaOil on canvas16 x 12 in (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
    2017
    Inquire

  • Herman Aguirre
    Self-portrait (void) No. 4Oil on canvas16 x 12 in (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
    2017
    Inquire

  • David Antonio Cruz
    itsnotthatserious,ijustwanttobeyourlittleprincessOil and enamel on panel48 x 48in in (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
    2016
    Inquire

  • David Antonio Cruz
    allthethingsthatwereleftbehindbrokenOil and enamel on wood17 x 11 in (43.2 x 27.9 cm)
    2017
    Inquire

  • Rashawn Griffin
    Griffin 1/2Felt72 x 49 in (182.9 x 124.5 cm)
    2017
    Inquire

  • Rashawn Griffin
    Untitled (Mannequin)mixed media on panel20 x 16.5 in (50.8 x 41.9 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Matthew Harris
    Prince on VacationGlazed Ceramic19 x 9 x 9 in (48.3 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm)
    2015
    Inquire

  • Matthew Harris
    John the Baptist (silver)Ceramic9 x 18 x 17 in (22.9 x 45.7 x 43.2 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Becky Kolsrud
    Lady of the Lake (Study)Oil on canvas20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
    2018

  • Jasmine Little
    UntitledOil on canvas52 x 47 in (132.1 x 119.4 cm)
    2018
    Inquire

  • Jasmine Little
    UntitledOil on canvas40 x 30 in (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
    2017
    Inquire

  • Kyle Vu-Dunn
    Big StretchAcrylic and crayon on fiberglass and plaster reinforced foam29.5 x 24 in (74.9 x 61 cm)
    2017
    Inquire

  • Didier William
    M' Pito Rete a Kochon YoCollage, carving and ink on panel48 x 36 in (121.9 x 91.4 cm)
    2018

  • Didier William
    Godforsaken AsylumWood carving and ink on panel60 x 48 in (152.4 x 121.9 cm)
    2017
    Inquire