Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries
"...Wilding achieves a weird combination of conservative sweetness and fierceness that made me tear up when I saw the show, full of work that's been waiting to be seen for decades." — LA Weekly
"a gorgeous retrospective" — Los Angeles Times
Critic's Pick — Artforum
Widely known as a performance artist, Faith Wilding was a key figure in the formation of the first Feminist Art Program in Fresno, CA in 1970 and at California Institute of the Arts in 1971. She was a major contributor to the now historical, month-long collaborative feminist installation Womanhouse, sited in an abandoned mansion in Los Angeles in 1972, where she performed her highly celebrated work Waiting.
The first retrospective exhibition of this influential feminist artist, Fearful Symmetries features a selection of works from Wilding’s studio practice spanning the past forty years, highlighting a range of works on paper – drawings, watercolors, collage and paintings – exhibited together here for the first time. Taking up key, allegorical imagery in Wilding’s work, the exhibition focuses on themes of “becoming,” both the transformative event itself and the threshold to transfiguration. This state of in-between-ness is articulated through imagery of leaves, the chrysalis, hybrid beings, and liminal circumstances themselves, like “waiting”, the subject of Wilding’s two prominent performances Waiting and Wait-With.
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Shannon Stratton and Abigail Satinsky
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
9/26/2015 to 1/3/2016