Featuring: Sue Coe, Nancy Robinson, and the Guerrilla Girls
Unfiltered: The Art of Sue Coe, Nancy Robinson, and the Guerrilla Girls
Exhibition Run: January 23 - March 12, 2016.
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 23, 6-8pm
As part of the Guerrilla Girls ‘takeover’ of Minneapolis (January through March, 2016), Instinct Gallery has paired international illustrator, Sue Coe with local painter Nancy Robinson. Both women came of age as artists in the 1970-1980’s, a time of uprising on many fronts including feminism. The exhibition also includes a video by the Guerrilla Girls that surveys their work over the past 30 years.
Sue Coe is one of the foremost political artists working today and is known around the world for exposing human inflicted tragedies. Her art is graphic, intense, and spares no horror. Her topics include the atrocities of war, the slaughterhouses, and imperialism. She shows us what we’d rather not face about our humanness. Coe is an international figure whose public persona is like that of an exposé journalist.
Nancy Robinson paints her way into being. She is the main character in paintings that reveal the wackiness of life and of her patterns of thought. She is funny, playful, fantastical, honest, and often, the ‘bad girl’ but one that portrays what it is like to be a woman, for an empathic response. She is also a feminist expressing a form of women’s sexuality that runs against the grain of puritan values, and also outside of Hollywood narratives. The transparency of her identity quest, wacky worlds, and strange desires releases the viewer, for a moment, from social convention. This is Nancy’s gift.
The Guerrilla Girls are infamous for exposing sexism and other isms in the 80’s art world through satirical graphic artwork with statistics presented in public spaces. For 30 years they have continued this work, shaming our institutions into more equitable practices. In recent years they’ve used their art and methods to train and sponsor activists working on many agendas. In 2016 they will conduct a citywide takeover of the twin-cities, where upwards of 20 museums and galleries are participating. Publicly they have remained anonymous, wearing gorilla masks as they execute their guerrilla tactics.
These artists put themselves on the line to shape the world around them. They use different strategies and art forms, take aim at different aspects of our humanness, and present themselves in very different personas. What unites them is their bravery to be who they are in the face of what we, as a society, are. They are unrestrained voices in a sea of well-mannered voices.
March 5, 2016, 6:00 to 7:30pm: Robyne Robinson and Nancy Robinson in Conversation. (Just prior to the GUERRILLA GIRLS TALK OUT AT THE TWIN CITIES TAKE OVER, March 5, 2016 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM, at the State Theater, 805 Hennepin ave. (just 3 blocks away). Start here and walk there.)