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Melissa Stern: Strange Girls at Garvey|Simon

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Garvey|Simon is pleased to present Melissa Stern: Strange Girls, an exhibition featuring the artist’s evocative and dark-witted works. Stern works across all media to include assemblage, ceramics, painting, drawings and collage. This is Stern’s first solo show with Garvey|Simon, and her ninth solo show in New York.  The show is accompanied by a color catalog with essay by Meg Shiffler, Director and Chief Curator, San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries.

 In Strange Girls, Melissa Stern explores the definition of girlhood as a state of being and state of mind. Stern’s sisterhood ranges from lusty pin-up girls to minimalist, geometric bodies, embracing all within the loving arms of femininity and oddity. Though all share an innate formal elegance, each is afflicted by a sense of imbalance and loss: figures stride proudly as they are bisected by their frames, and voluptuous, fishnet-clad legs are severed from their bodies. In Stern’s fantasyland, girlhood is juxtaposition: beauty afflicted by the melancholy of insufficiency. The work hits an emotional soft spot in all of us, echoing our desire to belong to the norm. 

“We are all strange girls. We all harbor some memory of feeling like an outsider, a stranger. These feelings were most acute growing up: never quite getting with the program, never feeling quite in step with the cool kids. “What if people don’t like me?” Many of the dramas in these pieces are based on feelings that girls grow up with. But being a strange girl can transcend gender. Anyone who views this work will find a memory or story from their own life that resonates. “Girlhood, “ in the context of this show, is a state of being and a state of mind. It is one marked by being the other simply by virtue of being, femininity conflated with all that is weird and wrong across cultures. I invite you to be the strange girl that you are.” Melissa Stern

The exhibition closes on November 11th.

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