Pamela Council's Blaxidermy Venus explores the idea of a higher order of beauty by referencing motifs of love goddesses and using tools of modern beauty such as acrylic fake fingernails, plastic hair beads, marble contact paper, tennis balls, rubber from sneakers, and nail polish. Council's intricate sculpture uses contemporary readymade materials to create an abstract seascape. Blaxidermy Venus allows us to challenge ideas of modern beauty by repossessing mass produced, familiar beauty objects as sculpture, challenging their associations and power. The subject is apt for this storefront exhibition space; our neighbors include beauty and fashion boutiques, all of which display their products as one would expect to see them.
The West 10th Street Window is curated by Natalie Diaz and Jennie Lamensdorf and is sponsored by the Time Equities Inc. (TEI) Art-in-Buildings Program. TEI is committed to enriching the experience of our properties through the Art-in-Buildings Program, an innovative approach that brings contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists to non-traditional exhibition spaces in the interest of promoting artists, expanding the audience for art, and creating a more interesting environment for our building occupants, residents, and their guests.