CONTACT: Jana Marcus, Marketing & Communications
jana.marcus [at] cabrillo.edu
September 1, 2010
Aptos, CA— The Cabrillo Gallery proudly presents Visibly Invisible: Art And Transgender Subjectivity, October 1- 29, with a public reception for the artists on Thursday, September 30, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, and a discussion with the artists on Wednesday, October 6, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Visibly Invisible is an exhibit that explores themes of transgenderism and sexual politics featuring a selection of works by award-winning photographer Jana Marcus and her renowned photodocumentary Transfigurations, Sheila Malone’s photographic and digital video installation RHO||FTM, paintings and drawings by Boston artist Cobi Moules, an installation by New Orleans-based artist Maxx Sizeler, and a film by San Francisco filmmaker Shani Heckman.
Over the past decade there has been heightened public awareness of transgender issues. With the increased visibility of transgender persons also comes an increase in discrimination and violence directed at transgender, intersex, and gender variant people. The Gender Education and Advocacy organization states that, “Transgendered people are the most stigmatized and misunderstood of the larger sexual minorities (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender).” In spite of this, the transgender community has emerged into its own place in history, as a new movement, expanding the language of gender and sex. The artists in Visibly Invisible offer gallery viewers the opportunity to learn and explore notions of the transgender experience, promoting a positive and empowering dialogue.
In Jana Marcus’s award-winning photographic work Transfigurations, which toured nationally over the last four years, her goal has been to illuminate who transgender people are, a subject the mainstream culture has often shadowed in mystery and misunderstood. Navigating the waters of gender politics, the work also explores what comprises masculinity and femininity. “I discovered that gender is both real and illusory, natural and constructed,” Marcus comments. “By capturing the physical and mental transformation from one sex/gender to another, the photos reveal the importance of the body to gender identity, as well as the effects of transformative practices on the body, which creates a reality beyond ordinary experience.”
In RHO || FTM, Sheila Malone will follow the impact of “T”, the hormone Testosterone, on the biological “sex” and the “cultural gender” of her subject, Renate. Through video, sound bytes and still photography Malone will reveal the dreams and manifestations of Renate’s image of himself/herself. The installation explores a liquid bed of perceptions where gender, identity and a perceived life circuitry exist.
For New Orleans-based artist Maxx Sizeler, shoes, toy cars, and the colors, pink, blue and yellow, are elements used in his work for their relationship to gender and the body. Shoes function as a kind of pedestal for the body, and shoe designs hold many of society’s accepted and stereotypical views of gender. The colors pink for “girl,” blue for “boy,” and yellow for “neutral” (or as he uses it to represent everyone in-between the binaries of girl and boy) are colors parents often use to identify gender at the birth of a newborn.
Cobi Moules’s paintings explore his personal transition from female to male. Moules regularly paints and draws self-portraits documenting this transition and will be exhibiting a selection of work from two larger series, The Beard and Weight. These drawings graphically depict the hormonal changes of his body, while his oil on canvas paintings reflect on the subtle psychological observations of change.
San Francisco filmmaker, and former Cabrillo College student, Shani Heckman will be screening her film, Wrong Bathroom, throughout the exhibition. Heckman’s film blends humor with formal interviews that expose the battle for entry into gender specific restroom spaces for those who don’t fit into the cookie-cutter silhouettes outside the door.
This exhibition is made possible in part by the Student Senate of Cabrillo College and Cabrillo College Student Services. Join us for a surprise celebration on National Coming Out Day, October 11, on the Cabrillo College campus.
What: Visibly Invisible: Art And Transgender Subjectivity
When: October 1 - 29, 2010
Reception: Thursday, September 30 - 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Artists’ Talk: Wednesday, October 6 - 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Where: Cabrillo Gallery, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos
The Cabrillo Gallery, located in the Library Building of Cabrillo College, is completely accessible and admission is always free! Parking is located close by in most campus lots for the cost of $2, with metered parking in lot B.
About Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.