February 19, 2010
We are overjoyed to be showing a new series of paint/fabric/mixed media works by Dallas’ own Corey Godfrey! The work goes up next week, with a reception on Thursday March 4th.
That’s THURSDAY, MARCH 4th people - make a notation on your fancy electronic calendars! The show is up through April 7th; don’t miss it!
All the Best — Nicole & Scott
Corey Godfrey was born in Nurnberg, Germany in 1981, but is based out of Fort Worth, Texas. She received her BFA at the University of North Texas in 2008. Corey is a lover of all things craft and has been creating since she was old enough to teach her siblings how to color on the walls.
We have been brought up to fear and resist our erotic human desires. This dilemma is rampant throughout American social mores. Society generally denies erotica as a symbol of strength for women, while allowing it to be dominated by male determinants. The male gaze has often fixated eroticism on women, forcing society to turn away from its inherent power and simply viewing it as pornographic. Without the strength of eroticism, the world would be reduced to mere aesthetics. My work aims to represent the power of eroticism, pulling it from the bedroom or publication and placing it in the midst of the human gaze.
Often, my works derive from male-based publications and images are captured from the male gaze by utilizing soft materials generally attributed to women. My interests within the power of female-based crafts in turn created a bridge into the focus of my work. In using these materials, I am simultaneously reflecting the strength of crafts for the history of women and engaging in an erotic physical process of creation. I allow the materials to guide me into new territory and tell me when to cease, giving importance to the negative space beneath the textiles.
In my current series, I am blurring the lines between erotic male-based publications and erotic mainstream media by appropriating images from popular fashion publications. The images are designated because they represent similar provocative elements and potency that are dominant in exclusive male-based periodicals, thus revealing that the erotic is becoming more prevalent in mainstream culture.
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