Friday, September 3, 2010

Ilene Segalove: Close But No Cigar

I've stared at these images hoping to find adequate descriptive language. Ilene Segalove's work is layered, both complicated and apparent - or maybe not. Her art compels and arrests conversation, bothering and somehow familiar, satisfying. The work will be exhibited at Jancar Gallery (link here)  in Los Angeles from September 11 to October 16.

Here is the language of Ilene Segalove written by Annie Buckley ... truncated because the images from the exhibition say what should be understood.

... we look back on the years from 1970-1980 when Ilene Segalove was just beginning her career as an artist. Bracketed between the tumult and protest of the sixties, and the coroporate-led eighties, the decade takes on a patina of innocence and guile - women ditching their bras, artists ditching their galleries ... - but there is more to history than iconic events.

... time spent with artist pals - including David Salle, James Welling and John Baldessari at the California Institute of the Arts.

... chose not to deny her feminity, but embraced it, using the very tropes of girlishness to push against social and sexual restrictions.

... for the "Close But No Cigar" Segalove transformed her nude torso into a Barbie doll, saying more about the urgency and complexity of feminism with one image than many words could manage.


  1. I liked her "This is what it is like to be Japanese." Her father loved everything about Japan, and in the photo you could tell he was really enjoying Ilene performing a tea ceremony for him while she was commenting on the chauvinistic nature of Japanese culture.

  2. Really interesting work!
    Thanks for introducing me to this artist!



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