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Saturday, 8 September 2018 to Sunday, 30 September 2018
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Saturday, 8 September 2018 - 6:00pm

Immediate Press Release

September 4, 2018

Joshua Tree Art Gallery

 

 

GENDER BENDERS

 

Cat Celebrezze and Nancy Floyd present works which challenge us to questions our notion of women.

Building a Better Baphomet | Cat Celebrezze

 

The gods and monsters of our time are in serious need of an overhaul.  Once again, they’ve oozed down into a limited number of monolithic shapes, familiar as they are pedestrian.  They’ve melded into one giant repeat - like a television show in syndication, a tweet retweeted ad nauseum, a spaceship in endless orbit.  So let’s forego the rehab of those old saws. Let’s instead go intrepid and imagine something well beyond the dialectic.  And what better resource to enlist in such a lark than Baphomet - that pagan, written and written again hybrid of an idol.  Using the goat-headed, transgendered god/dess of alchemy, satanism, the occult and the heretical, we at least free ourselves from so many pitfalls of thesis-antithesis-synthesis bullshit. To that end, I present two series: The Baphomet Queens and their Minions and Fairies with Boots.

 

 

SHE’S GOT A GUN  | Nancy Floyd

 

Nancy Floyd’s photographic series She’s Got a Gun comprises powerful, compelling images of Floyd’s research on the topic of women and guns in three specific areas: pleasure, power and profession. Images of women in the military, Olympic event shooters, female police of officers, women who own for purposes of self-defense and many others are included in the exhibition. Floyd, raised in League City, Texas, grew up in a popular culture ripe with associations with guns: cowboy and Indian games, plastic pistols full of candy and watching Gunsmoke 

on television wit h her family. She purchased her first gun in 1991, right after Desert Storm, largely as a way
to connect with her brother who had wanted to be a gunsmith. He died in Vietnam when she was 12. Initially, Nancy was afraid of the gun, but over time she began attending Ladies Night at the local shooting range and befriending other women who shared her interest. Floyd’s book of the same title was published by Temple University Press in 2008. Her book was the first to combine personal story telling with a visual history of women and guns in America, 1850 to the present. 

Nancy Floyd holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, an MA from Columbia College, Chicago, IL, and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She’s been an exhibiting artist for over thirty
years and has received numerous grants and awards including a 2016 CUE Art Foundation Fellowship, a 2015 Society for Photographic Education Future Focus Project Support Grant, and a 2014 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award. In 2016 her work was acquired by the High Museum of Art. She was also Runner-up for the 2017 Aperture Portfolio Prize. www.nancy Floyd.com 

Artist talk will be held on Sunady September 9 from 1-2pm.

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Cat Celebrezze and Nancy Floyd present works which challenge us to questions our notion of women.
Info@joshuatreeartgallery.com

Building a Better Baphomet | Cat Celebrezze

The gods and monsters of our time are in serious need of an overhaul.  Once again, they’ve oozed down into a limited number of monolithic shapes, familiar as they are pedestrian.  They’ve melded into one giant repeat - like a television show in syndication, a tweet retweeted ad nauseum, a spaceship in endless orbit.  So let’s forego the rehab of those old saws. Let’s instead go intrepid and imagine something well beyond the dialectic.  And what better resource to enlist in such a lark than Baphomet - that pagan, written and written again hybrid of an idol.  Using the goat-headed, transgendered god/dess of alchemy, satanism, the occult and the heretical, we at least free ourselves from so many pitfalls of thesis-antithesis-synthesis bullshit. To that end, I present two series: The Baphomet Queens and their Minions and Fairies with Boots.

SHE’S GOT A GUN  | Nancy Floyd

Nancy Floyd’s photographic series She’s Got a Gun comprises powerful, compelling images of Floyd’s research on the topic of women and guns in three specific areas: pleasure, power and profession. Images of women in the military, Olympic event shooters, female police of officers, women who own for purposes of self-defense and many others are included in the exhibition. Floyd, raised in League City, Texas, grew up in a popular culture ripe with associations with guns: cowboy and Indian games, plastic pistols full of candy and watching Gunsmoke 

on television wit h her family. She purchased her first gun in 1991, right after Desert Storm, largely as a way
to connect with her brother who had wanted to be a gunsmith. He died in Vietnam when she was 12. Initially, Nancy was afraid of the gun, but over time she began attending Ladies Night at the local shooting range and befriending other women who shared her interest. Floyd’s book of the same title was published by Temple University Press in 2008. Her book was the first to combine personal story telling with a visual history of women and guns in America, 1850 to the present. 

Nancy Floyd holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, an MA from Columbia College, Chicago, IL, and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She’s been an exhibiting artist for over thirty
years and has received numerous grants and awards including a 2016 CUE Art Foundation Fellowship, a 2015 Society for Photographic Education Future Focus Project Support Grant, and a 2014 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award. In 2016 her work was acquired by the High Museum of Art. She was also Runner-up for the 2017 Aperture Portfolio Prize. www.nancy Floyd.com 

 

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310 562 0511
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Nancy Floyd is a former resident of Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency in 2010.

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61607 29 Palms Hwy. Joshua Tree ,Ca 92252

Joshua Tree Art Gallery , Joshua Tree, Ca.

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