New Wall Drawing Installation @ ARC Gallery

“Carry This Burden, Now and Till the Moment of Your Last Breath” is on view now at ARC Gallery, 2156 N. Damen Ave., Chicago. It is a wall drawing installation composed of conte on wall, specialty fabric mounted on vinyl. The exhibit continues until September 23rd. Wall Drawing Installation in ProgressWall Drawing Finished 2Wall Drawing Detail 4 Upper BodyDetail of ArmDetail of Right Hip

Heaviness, Hardship, Heft @ ARC Gallery An Exhibition of Artworks by Rosemary Meza-DesPlas

ARC Gallery

2156 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

773-252-2232, www.arcgallery.org

info@arcgallery.org

                        Rosemary Meza-DesPlas * Heaviness, Hardship, Heft

                         Opening: Friday, September 1, 6:00-9:00pm

Spoken Word Performance: 7:15pm

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, August 30 – September 23, 2017

            Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 12 – 6 pm; Sunday: 12 – 4 pm

ARC Gallery presents Heaviness, Hardship, Heft, an exhibition of works by Rosemary Meza-DesPlas.

Rosemary Meza-DesPlas presents a series of artworks reflecting gender-based burdens. Weight hauled by women can have a palpable physical existence or take on a psychological shape of enormous proportions. Fluctuating states of poverty, violence and politics encumber women on a daily basis. Feminine onus is heightened by entrenched patriarchal institutions and reaches a crest during political unrest and instability.

Rosemary Meza-DesPlas is a Latina visual artist, writer and spoken word performer. She has exhibited at the Koehnline Museum of Art, Art Museum of Southwest Texas and the New Mexico Museum of Art. Ms. Meza-DesPlas has exhibited internationally at Hoxton Arches Gallery in London, Yorck Studios in Berlin and LuXun Academy of Fine Art Gallery in Shenyang, China. In 2017, she presented spoken word performances at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM and at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto, Canada. She is a featured artist in Of Note Magazine (where art meets activism), The Gun Issue, Summer 2017. In October 2017, Ms. Meza-DesPlas will be presenting an academic paper titled Heaviness, Hardship, Heft: Gender-based Burdens in Images at the Eighth International Conference on the Image, Venice International University, Venice, Italy.

ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit gallery and foundation whose mission is to bring innovative, experimental visual art to a wide range of viewers and to provide an atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential, experimentation and dialogue. ARC serves to educate the public on various community-based issues by presenting exhibits, workshops, discussion groups, and programs for, and by, underserved populations.

ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, City Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Chicago Community Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Ravenswood Bank, the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, our members and ARC angels.

ARC Gallery is an internationally recognized exhibition space that has been an integral part of the Chicago art scene since its inception in 1973. Founded during the women’s movement as an alternative to the mainstream gallery system, ARC is one of the oldest co-ops of its kind in the country. As a non-profit, woman artist-run cooperative, ARC continues its feminist tradition by providing exhibition opportunities for professional and emerging artists working in all media based on excellence of artwork, without discrimination toward gender, race, age, class, physical/mental ability, sexual, spiritual or political orientation.

 

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New Artwork: Gender-based Burdens

8meza-desplas_rosemary_you-couldnt-cry-if-you-wanted-to.jpgThis artwork reflects symbolic gender-based burdens. Weight hauled by women can have a palpable physical existence or take on a psychological shape of enormous proportions.

Poem: Woman Interrupted

I wrote this poem after January 21, 2017. I performed it at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, May 6th, 2017.

Woman Interrupted

 

A thousand men in cheap toupees

wave blue dresses

rippling and undulating like patriotism

stained and soiled with falsehoods

lock her up, lock her up, lock her up

they chant boisterously

 

One blonde woman in sensible shoes

stands at a podium

lips twitching from strain

shoulders slumped, knees buckling

under red, white and blue weight

senator, secretary, sweaty salvation

birthing encumbrances

she carries the burden of every woman

 

Five hundred thousand women in white pant suits

swallow up concrete space

labia-pink knitted hats nod and wink

clever slogans bob up and down like bouys

marching clits, screaming vulvas and singing snatches

snake fluidly through city streets

 

A thousand brown women in mini skirts

look to the ceiling

scramble up the blond hair rungs

of a deteriorating D.C. ladder

heaving cleavages squashed against glass

red-tape lipstick smeared across transparency

 

One middle-aged woman in a black pant suit

flashes dejected pearly whites

five hundred thousand deferred dreams

tumble from her shoulders

into putrid puddles of complacency

suicidal bravado slices

into dead air silently

woman rupture, woman interrupted

Upcoming Exhibitions

My artwork can be found in the following exhibits:
She Inspires
45 Lispenard St., Unit 1W NYC, NY
Curated by Indira Cesarine
On view: MAY 2 – 26, 2017

Contemporary Art Survey
Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO
May 9 – June 24th, 2017

Gritty in Pink
Curated by Lisa Rockford and Megan Castellon
Bailey Contemporary Arts
41 NE 1st St, Pompano Beach, FL
June 6 – July 14, 2017
Reception: June 10, 6-10pm

Nasty Woman
University of Arkansas @ Little Rock
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