There is an endless amount of art in this city. From First Thursday to Last Thursday, this city is brimming with all sorts of creativity. Starting today and running through June 1st, Adams and Ollman’s gallery is pleased to present a two-person exhibition featuring Vaginal Davis and Philadelphia Wireman. An opening reception will be held at the gallery today, Friday, May 3 from 6–9pm.
Vaginal Davis’ paintings of women on cardboard, match boxes, and cereal boxes are made using glycerin, tempera, watercolor pencils, food coloring, mascara, and nail polish, along with materials identified by the artist as the discontinued Britney Spears makeup line, Afro Sheen and Aqua Net Super Hold hair spray (HOLY SMOKES!). According to the artist, they depict "women trapped in the bodies of women." An economy of marks form pouty red lips and stylized facial contours that call to mind fashion magazines and idealized feminine beauty. This series of intimate paintings, along with porn, magazine clippings and other ephemera, densely cover the walls and surfaces of Davis’ Berlin studio, The Cheese Endique Trifecta. (We love her already...)
Vaginal Davis, quoted in the New York Times as saying, "Doll, there is no biography of me," was born in Los Angeles in the shadows of Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers. An originator of the homo-core punk movement and a queer icon, Davis is a performance artist, painter, independent curator, composer, writer, and musician.
This collection of some 1200 pieces, found on the street in Philadelphia in the late 1970s, is now regarded as an important discovery in the field of self-taught art. So get some culture this weekend before Cinco de Mayo begins. Stop by tonight from 6-9pm for their open reception.
Adams and Ollman811 East Burnside #213Portland, OR 97214