Modem Women's Milano Fall-Winter 2014-2015
Cover by Ellen Gallagher
For this edition which is dedicated to the Women’s Collection F/W 2014-15, MODEM is giving the “carte blanche” to Ellen Gallagher, an American artist born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1965, who lives and works in New York and Rotterdam, Holland.
Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions and is held in the permanent collections of many major museums.
A couple of decades ago, Ellen Gallagher was a standard - bearer of identity politics, and her angry paintings were shot through with the declaration: made by an African American woman.
Later, her artistic arguments grew in a more sociological dimension.
‘‘De Luxe’’ (Portfolio 2004 / 2005) - Black men and women of her parents’ generation tormented themselves with beauty products. At the same time, though, the xplosive afro became an assertion of pride – a way of staking out a bit of extra space in the world, like an aura. Ellen Gallagher deploys art partly to rescue those conflicted consumers with
interventions such as covering up models’ faces and whiting out or cutting out eyes, emphasising the complexities surrounding the construction of identity, specifically in relation to race and gender.
The artist’s use of collage to unite different parts of a range of models’ pictures and the addition of extravagant new hairstyles onto female heads advertising wigs produces unsettling juxtapositions. These transformations parody the ‘improvements’ offered by the advertisements and underscore
in particular the role of hair as a signifier of difference.
Ellen Gallagher employed a variety of techniques to transform the advertisements, combining traditional printing processes of etching and lithography with recent developments in digital technology.
Ellen Gallagher preview exhibitions :
- “AxME’’ 28 February - 13 July 2014
Haus der Kunst - Prinzregentenstraße 1, 80538 Munich
- “New Work’’ 14 March - 3 May 2014
Hauser & Wirth London - 23 Savile Row, London, W1S 2ET