Reading, PA – GoggleWorks Center for the Arts (GoggleWorks) is pleased to present the following exhibitions in the Irvin and Lois E. Cohen Gallery from June 10, through August 27, 2017. Opening receptions for both exhibitions will be held on the evening of June 9 from 5:30-7:30 pm and will include complimentary light refreshments, beer, wine, coffee, and desserts.
Lineage is part of a body of work that references a grouping of early New England dowry chests made from the late seventeenth through the mid-eighteenth centuries. My interest lies in the chests’ relevance to domestic roles, gender boundaries, and family structure. As material culture from American history, they speak to ways that our inherited past continues to inform cultural debates around domestic issues such as marriage, procreation and reproductive rights. My practice involves intensive object studies of furniture from my ancestral and vocational lineage. I focus on iconic forms made specifically for women, reclaiming them from the world of male production where they receive most of their scholarly attention, to consider the traditionally feminine, domestic world of their use. While unpacking latent meanings embedded in furniture, I explore metaphors inherent in its physical structure. My own response becomes a parallel investigation as I search for identity in what is revealed. More about the artist here.
Fumi Amano will present a live performance during the opening reception for Voice. She explains, “I created a complex glass house to perform inside. Shape of house and windows are constructed in a distorted manner to reflect the misunderstanding between people. I will perform inside as a housewife and sometimes draw and write messages to the viewers who are directly front of me. Through this performance, I am expressing my feelings of loneliness, irritation, and my struggle to survive. Through my fleeting “messages” I create for the viewer, I hope to connect more intimately with people in hopes overcoming invisible barriers and go beyond our differences. ” More about the artist here.