Sterilized and folded neatly in hospitals across the nation lie quiet rows of pink and blue blankets, soft and cozy, waiting to swaddle the 10,800 Americans brought into the world each day. Pink for girls, blue for boys: easy, simple, regular. Some of us embraced our pink stamp, embellishing our necks with mother’s pearls and doodling shimmering rose hearts on our weary school notebooks. Others rejected this condition, becoming soccer stars with callused hands, and tough attitudes. A few of us were wrapped neatly in the blue blanket, going through our younger years confused and unsafe in our own bodies, longing for the pale red mark denied to us at birth. However, the majority of us are irreducible to any of these three—a unique, individualized blend of sports, shoes, glitter, dirt, tears, punches, acceptance, disproval, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
Unsafe Colors embraces this gray area by presenting the work of 19 female artists working in a variety of mediums, styles, colors, and conceptions that speak to the complexities and indefinable nature of the supposedly “pink” gender. Each of these artists refused such categorization by developing their own distinctive femininities, complicating the traditional vision of womanhood and, together, offering a more nuanced and truthful depiction.
Several aspiring Southeast European artists have found themselves on the exhibiting roster. Lidija Delić, Marina Gluhak, and Marija Šević will demonstrate their multidisciplinary skills among plethora emerging artists from around the globe. Delić is a 30-year-old, Montenegrin-born multimedia artist, currently residing and working in Belgrade, Serbia. She is a co-founding member of the U10 art space in Belgrade, a youthful artistic organization which endeavors to provide working and exhibition spaces for young artists in Serbia at the beginning of their careers. Gluhak is a Serbian painter whose works, presented in a neorealistic manner, provoke viewers by imbuing ordinary landscapes and portraits with elusive, often hidden meanings. Šević is another young Serbian painting graduate, and another cofounder of the U10 space. Her paintings, often difficult to describe, taunt the beholders by frequently omitting crucial elements from the view; minimalistic, macabre presentations of varied manifestations of human condition, are tantalizing and evocative.
Other artists whose work will be displayed at the Studio 106 L.A. art gallery are Arielle Chiara, Parker Day, Sula Fay, Bo Hesslegrave, Elaine Jen, Kelley O’Leary, Grace Pickering, Maya Ragazzo, Ava Ravich, Anabel Robinson, Lara Saget, Lucia Santina Ribisi, Ariana Sturr, Noon Tran, and Tallulah Willis, along with Frances Cocksedge and Masha Elaković, who are co-curating the exhibition,
"In light of our recent presidential election, which has left so many of us feeling violently displaced and unsafe in our own country, this exhibition seems more important then ever. Specifically as women, it is crucial to transform the pain and anger we are feeling into positive changes, whether though protest, charged art, or daily decisions to stand up for ourselves. Thus, Unsafe Colors will also act as a display of love and inclusion triumphing institutional hate and sexism, and as a protected space to reflect and heal," says the official Unsafe Colors release.
In an additional effort to protect the integrity of American women, 10% of the proceeds grossed by Unsafe Colors will be donated to NARAL Pro-Choice America, an advocacy group working with Congress and state affiliates to ensure that elected officials are respecting women’s right to choose.
The exhibition will open on Dec 17, and will be on show until Januray 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, Calif.