Franklin Street Works located in Stamford is hosting an exhibition that explores Feminist histories of cut-up and collage with works from 1967 to today in “Cut-Up: Contemporary Collage and Cut-Up Histories through a Feminist Lens,” curated by artist Katie Vida. This exhibition explores a multigenerational lineage of women artists who have pushed the boundary of cut-up techniques across media, including sculpture, video, sound art, painting, printed matter, and photography.
Including works from 1967-Present “Cut-Up” explores how collage and cut-up have informed the visual arts, literature, and experimental sound art. The exhibition also pays special attention to how the process of cutting apart and reordering language parallels an activist impulse to disrupt the status quo and develop new narratives that include marginalized voices and alternative visions. This skepticism and eschewing of “traditional” media is a feminist strategy that began with second wave feminist artists in the late 1960s. At that time these artists embraced newer media such as performance, film, text based works, and ephemeral sculpture, in part, to bypass patriarchal histories tied to more codified media like monumental sculpture and painting. New times and new voices embraced new media.
Through a layering of imagery, text, materials and sound, the artists in “Cut-Up” create tension by disrupting narrative and shattering expectations, often upending gallery goer expectations. The cut itself is the technology through which these artists address and manipulate language and image. Through an additive and/or reductive process of developing fresh visual and linguistic spaces the artists in this exhibition show a commitment to breaking apart what is seemingly codified to engage in alternative visions.
Exhibiting Artists: Ruth Anderson, Phyllis Baldino, Dodie Bellamy, Ofri Cnaani, Lourdes Correa-Carlo, Mayme Donsker, Heike-Karin Föell, Susan Howe, Jennie C. Jones, Alexis Knowlton, Carrie Moyer, Lorraine O’Grady, People Like Us, Sheila Pepe, Faith Ringgold, Mariah Robertson, Carolee Schneemann, Nancy Shaver, Meredyth Sparks, Cauleen Smith, Martine Syms, and Janice Tanaka.