Los Angeles artist Emily Wiseman tames the hard edge yang of global capitalism by gently folding it into the softer ying of feminine arts. POWERFUL, an interactive residency currently underway at Shoebox Projects, continues Emily’s “Occupy Series” which explores the intrinsic symbolism of fabric, pattern, and its uses through men’s business suits. The public has been asked for suggestions of what should be behind the zipper in each of Wiseman’s works. The closing reception which is the end of Wiseman’s residency is on February 12, 3-5pm in the Shoebox Projects experimental art space where you can come and get a peek at the content the public recommended should go within the crotch of the suits.
The business suit, global symbols of power, wealth, corporate and government authority, become portraits of complex current issues such as income inequity, gender bias and corporate influence. Wiseman deconstructs and reconfigures the suits into determining who is being occupied within/by these objects which reflect the perception and complexity of these current issues.
Visitors to the project space are invited interact with front fly and crotch area of business suits that have been framed like portraits. Objects, text or anything that seems appropriate may be left in the opening, then zipped up. The closing reception will include unzipping the flies and exposing the contents.
POWERFUL closes on February 12, but visitors are invited to visit the space from 10-4pm, Monday through Friday.
About Emily Wiseman
Emily Wiseman earned her BFA from Sonoma State University and her MFA from California State University, Northridge. Emily has lifelong attraction to fabric and pattern, coupled with love of the handcrafted and appreciation for the decorative. Coming of age in the counterculture of the 60’s and 70’s, Emily has been influenced by the social activism, feminism/gender politics and anti consumerism of that age. She currently divides her time between Los Angeles and Santa Rosa, CA
About Shoebox Projects
Shoebox Projects is a new experimental art space in DTLA, where emerging and mid-career artists are given an opportunity to freely experiment with new ideas and directions for their practice. Founded by Kristine Schomaker, multimedia artist and director of Shoebox PR, Shoebox Projects intends to give artists a chance to recharge and renew their relationship with their work.