This exhibition at di Rosa Gatehouse Gallery in Carneros asks visitors to reconsider the relationship between viewing and being viewed. Looking at You Looking at Me features photography, video, sculpture, painting, and electronic constructions selected from the di Rosa collection by curator Robert Wuilfe. This exhibit closes after this Saturday, February 18th, 2012.
di Rosa Gatehouse Gallery Wed-Sat, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, 5200 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559 707-226-5991.
Wuilfe brings together an intriguing group of artworks that provoke a conversation about the ways we look at each other, the implications of being the subject of a gaze, and the role of art in this complex interplay. Artists include Robert Arneson, Anthony Aziz, Leon Borensztein, Bruce Cannon, Carter, Van Deren Coke, Marque Cornblatt, Judy Dater, Viola Frey, Jack Fulton, Michael Garlington, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Larry Jordan, leonardogillesfleur, Judy Malloy, Alan Rath, Rigo 23, and Michael Stevens.
Looking at You Looking at Me reflects a clear thread in the di Rosa collection of artwork that engages directly with the viewer and social situations, sometimes in challenging ways. Select works, such as photographs by Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Judy Dater gaze back at the viewer in ways that provoke a reevaluation of preconceived assumptions about identity. Artists such as Rigo 23 and Anthony Aziz combine the visual and the textual to force a new look at historical, corporate, and political structures. Others, such as Carter and leonardogillesfleur utilize conceptually intricate visual staging to bridge the space between the viewer and the subject. Electronic works by Alan Rath and Bruce Cannon reveal uncanny and unsettling perspectives on surveillance, empathy, and the autonomy of technology.