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Friends exhibit together at Gaddis Geeslin art exhibit

Contributing Reporter

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 01:02


Sean Smith | The Houstonian

Work from the Doppleganger exhibit.

The theme of feminine philosophy in culture expressed through avenues of various artistic media will hit Sam Houston State University Thursday. 

Houston’s Elaine Bradford and Los Angeles-based artist Bari Ziperstein will exhibit “Doppelgänger”at the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery through March 17.

The two artists met while attending the California Institute of the Arts, and mutual interests fueled their friendship.

Despite not having lived in the same city for 10 years, the two artists pull ideas from different places to create similar work with similar messages and will showcase their work in their first two-person exhibition together.

Although their bodies of work come from different inspirations, the two will both touch on similar ideas.

After being taught how to crochet by her grandmother, Bradford found comfort in the slow and repetitive action. This passion for craft transferred to her artwork and is visible in the objects she creates.

Bradford said she channels the spirit of her ancestors by using items that once belonged to family members such as blankets from her grandmother and suitcases owned by her great aunt.

“I think of myself as both the shaman and the anthropologist revealing the narrative of my own mythical culture,”Bradford said.

Ziperstein similarly uses crafting and sculpture in her pieces and channels feminine themes through her work.

Using simple structures including fences and iron bar windows, Ziperstein creates photographs and sculptures to express the perception of the female form in today’s society. Blending the feminine figure with decoration, furniture, and other sculptures, she creates connections between urban environments and decoration.

Ziperstein’s more surreal pieces come from her use of totem poles and collapsed female figures to combine both past and present ideas and modern day female pop icons with Roman warriors and Greek Goddesses.

Elaine Bradford will give a guest lecture on Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. with a reception following.  Ziperstein will also give a lecture on March 6 from 5 to 6 p.m.  Lectures will take place in Art Building E, room 108.

All events are free and open to the public, and the gallery will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Saturdays open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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