ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The paintings in this series explore how the psyche, the body and culture shape each other. Using iconography and a palette intended to reference a decidedly feminine sensibility, the work explores how culturally constructed expressions of gender are internalized, becoming both a source of comfort and discomfort. In the paintings, perfectly toned bodies are torn apart and reassembled into seamless configurations that represent the craving for perfection and the reconciliation between irrationality and the compulsion of this desire. The rapturous states of the bodies, afloat in paradisiacal scenes, imitate a yearning for vindication, contentment and the longing inherent in self-objectification.
- Erin Hinz
Curated by Hills Snyder.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Erin Hinz is an artist based in NYC. She holds an MFA in painting with a minor in gender studies from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in art from the University of Eastern Illinois and a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. She has exhibited broadly including New York City, Chicago, Dallas and Houston. She is currently a resident at Chashama Workspace Program in Brooklyn, NY.
Image: Forever Stained with Sunshine (2015); oil on canvas; 50 x 60 inches
Sala Diaz, a 501(c) 3 exhibition space, is an experimental venue for contemporary art established in 1995. Located in the heart of the Southtown Cultural Arts District, Sala Diaz provides a unique venue for the exhibition of new and challenging work, and fosters lasting exchange between our city and creative communities abroad. Housed in the same residential structure as the gallery, The Casa Chuck Arts Residency is an invitational program through which Sala Diaz provides critics, curators and writers a haven for varied creative pursuits. Initiated in 2011, the residency honors the legacy of visionary artist, arts advocate, cultural maven and bon vivant Chuck Ramirez who died the previous year. Official residents spend one month living in Ramirez’ former abode, exploring and interacting with the surrounding arts community. In between residencies, Sala/Casa hosts a wide variety of arts professionals including critics, curators, musicians, scholars and visual artists.
Sala Diaz is supported by fluent~collaborative, The Lifschutz Foundation, The Smothers Foundation and numerous individuals including Mike Casey, James Cobb, Sonya Dawson, Lorena & Joel Dunlap, Nina Hassele, Chris Hill, Stacey Hill & Erick Schlather, Reagan Johns, Trish Marcus & the Ramirez Family, Steve Ogle, Don Thomas & Lara Flynn Boyle.
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