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YOUNG SF ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS THUMB THEIR NOSES AT SFMoMA DEFINITION OF GLAMOUR AS MERELY PANDERING TO THE RICH

"GlamMore", a new exhibition at the PLAySPACE gallery at the California College of the Arts, responds to the recent SFMoMA exhibition "Glamour", further examining this complex notion commonly associated with luxury and elegance. The exhibition asks: How subjective is the idea of glamour? What is the effect on society when there is pressure to over-consume and keep up with the latest trends? Who benefits? "GlamMore" opens on April 14th , 2005 and runs through May 5th, 2005.

"I didn't feel that the 'Glamour' show adequately explored the complexity of this idea that has so many profound implications for our society. I wanted to make a show that talked about the subjective nature of glamour rather than accept a simplistic definition for it." says Dina Pugh, the curator of "GlamMore". The expansive range of featured artists and designers include Hank Thomas and Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., both in the upcoming "Bay Area Now 4" exhibition of emerging artists at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Mads Lynnerup, recently featured in the Orange County Museum of Art's 2004 California Biennial, Tara Foley, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Clint Taniguchi, Suzanne Husky, Kelly Tunstall and Dana Landau. Conceptual fashion designers included are Alissa Anderson, Charina, Galya Rosenfeld, Alisha Trimble, and perfumer Yosh Han rounds out the varied group. Renny Pritikin, Director of the UC Davis Nelson Gallery and former Chief Curator of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, says in support of this daring new exhibition, "It is the role of young curators and artists to plant the flag beyond the boundaries of propriety and thereby shift the center of things to accommodate the new territory. If they fail to do so, if they behave themselves, they are not doing their jobs and the whole system stagnates."

Upon entering the PLAySPACE gallery on the 2nd floor of CCA the viewer enters the world of Mads Lynnerup, an artist/musician. In the Summer of 2004, Lynnerup auditioned aspiring musicians in the Orange County Museum of Art and formed the rock band "Paradise Island" (the name deriving from a local strip mall) meant to last only one month. GlamMore brings together a rockumentary of Paradise Island's short-lived career alongside photo-documentation and cd listening stations of Lynnerup?s past rock band projects, "Come on Comoné" and, "Estoni Yeah." The artist?s sincere love for the rock persona is mixed with a tongue-in-cheek irreverence that is found in many of the other featured artists' approaches to glamour in mass culture. Suzanne Husky's nine-foot long "Humvee Stretch," for instance, pokes fun at the high-rolling excessiveness seen on the streets of San Francisco.

"GlamMore" blurs the lines between fine art and design--boundaries that museums like to keep well defined. Mannequins are dressed in conceptual one-of-a-kind gowns and streetwear by independent fashion designers, contrasting SFMoMA's display of corporate high-fashion. One of the featured fashion designers Alisha Trimble claims, "Glamour is purely an illusion. It is an observed aura assigned to objects and people by virtue of wealth." The exhibition even goes so far as to present perfumery as art with a testing station of Yosh Han's custom-designed scents. "Why stop with art and design?" asks Pugh. "I want people to experience this exhibition with all of their senses."

Individuality is a dominant theme of the varied painting, photography and design featured in GlamMore. Pugh says "I chose these artists because they are all dynamic individuals with both a critical and humorous approach to their work." "GlamMore" brings together a wide-ranging selection of art and objects that challenges an unexamined use of the term glamour. The word is stretched to be seen as a manifestation of unique personal expression incorporating street glamour, anti-glamour, ethnic glamour, youth glamour and beyond.

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GlamMore
Playspace Gallery

mit Hank Thomas, Mail Order Brides / M.O.B., Mads Lynnerup, Tara Foley, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Clint Taniguchi, Suzanne Husky, Kelly Tunstal, Dana Landau, Alissa Anderson, Charina , Galya Rosenfeld, Alisha Trimble, Yosh Han