For Immediate Release
Contact; Sherrie Medina
You STILL Draw Like a Girl
(September 19, 2003 Phoenix, AZ) The exhibition, You STILL Draw Like a Girl, is inspired by a Nike commercial that shows two men are playing one-on-one hoops. Off camera a voice shouts at the men, “Hey! You play like a GIRL!” The men stop playing; look in the direction of the accusing voice, and say, “WHAT?” Following the gaze of the men through the camera, it becomes apparent that the voice belongs to the Houston Rockets’ Cynthia Cooper, twice selected the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player of the Year. When the men realize that it is Cooper accusing them of “playing like girls” they drop their defensive posturing. Unfortunately, in everyday life, to be accused of playing, throwing, or acting anything like a girl is still almost always an indication of poor or inadequate performance.
You STILL Draw like A Girl (2003) features local and nationally recognized artists exploring drawing through materials such as china plates, coffee filter, video, mobiles, music, duct tape, cleaning supplies , and rags. The original YDLAG exhibition, curated in 1998, started as a women’s drawing show, but was adjusted by curator, Sherrie Medina, when men asked to be included. This change of direction seemed a natural response to messages in the artists’ work asking for a reconsideration of limitations within the obvious, and the not-so-obvious prejudices.
In a time of redefining and looking for new ways of understanding and broadening our identities, we question many of the activities and beliefs in our daily lives. Beyond sports, there are many other areas in our competitive lives that are progressing towards being equally shared by men and women. Developing respectful exchanges around the ideas of making art, as in this exhibition, is an aspect of Medina’s mission to foster dialogue within the group of artists, their artwork, and their community. This show presents fervent drawings that share ideas linking these artists together, along with their abilities to STILL draw like girls.
You STILL Draw Like a Girl opens Friday October 3rd from 5 to 11 pm at the Sixth Street Studios, 918 N. 6th Street, Phoenix, Arizona. The show runs through running Saturday, November 1st, with a closing event that evening from 6 to 11 pm. Gallery hours are Fridays 5 to 9 PM and Saturdays 1 to 5 pm.
Sixth Street Studios is a renovated and adapted reuse of a historic building providing affordable artist studio space in the Roosevelt Row arts district.
Images of artwork available upon request.
Deborah Sussman Susser
Paul Andrew Wandless
Mary Kay Zeeb
Contact: Sherrie Medina
Exhibition Blog: http://girldrawing.typepad.com/