Center Space Project presents Looking for a Fight, an exhibition featuring sculpture, installation, video projection, and photography by three undergraduate artists in the Studio Art program in the Department of Art and Art History: Lucy Parker, Isabella Burden, and Layne Bell. Stemming from the notion that gender is a performative act, the exhibition is outwardly ultra feminine in order to camouflage more aggressive and traditionally non-feminine ideas addressed within the works; essentially, each is ‘looking for a fight.’
These artists’ works illustrate their struggles in attempting to assert control over the perceived threat of being kept docile in a male-favoring society. To that end, the works often resort to passive-aggressive displays of femininity, a tactic used primarily as a tool of manipulation rather than as a reality.
Center Space Project, the student organization of the Visual Arts Center, works collaboratively with fellow students, faculty, alumni and visiting artists to create engaging shows and programs, promoting a strong student presence in the VAC.
Generous support for Center Space Project comes from the University Co-Op along with Robin and Trey Hancock.
Lucy Parker is a junior pursuing her BFA in Studio Art at The University of Texas. She attended Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, Michigan, studying under artist and theorist Mary Walling Blackburn, and has twice attended the summer program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has shown internationally, participating in juried and group shows in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy, as well as in Austin and Chicago. Parker is also a member of the all-female Deluscious Group.
Isabella Burden is a junior pursuing her BFA in Studio Art at The University of Texas. She was awarded the Kelly Fearing Endowed Scholarship and had a residency at Ox-Bow, where she studied site-specific installation under Mary Walling Blackburn. She is a founding member of the BEAR GIRLS Performance Collective and the Deluscious Group. The Mexican American Cultural Center of Austin will host a solo exhibition of her work in April 2012.
Layne Bell is a junior pursuing her BFA in Studio Art at The University of Texas. She is a founding member of the BEAR GIRLS Performance Collective and the Deluscious Group. Bell curated the Group’s show Deluscious in September 2010 and is currently organizing Re:Riot Grrrl. Her work has been exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Gallery 2020, Warehouse Live, and Home Base.