NEW YORK (PRWEB) November 28, 2006
"Davenatrix", a provocative juxtaposition of the taboo subjects of sex and religion, dominance and submission, highlights the new works of West Coast artist Laura Jacobs, in "Foreplay - Art of Stimulation", at the Monkdogz 9th International exhibition. The exhibition runs November 30 through December 23, 2006.
The official opening of the Monkdogz 9th international exhibition featuring works of artists from around the world, is Saturday, December 2, 3-6pm, at the Monkdogz gallery, 547 W. 27th Street, 5th Floor, Chelsea, New York City. For information on the exhibition telephone (212) 216-0030.
Ms. Jacobs is known for her ornate sculpture pieces, rendering everyday feminine objects - (corsets, bras) - as statements on our everyday lives and the social mores to which we are subjected -- "access to excess". Her present body of work explores the extent to which we let fashion take us, our desire to be desired. They speak to the advancement of feminism countered by society's pursuit of physical perfection and the surreal circus-like atmosphere of freaky surgery makeovers. Jacobs' works serves to highlight society's obsession with the female breast, obscene as it is intoxicating. She explores this starling trend with brassieres to befit, define and hold, sometimes in ridicule.
"Davenatrix", the centerpiece Ms. Jacobs' exhibition at the Monkdogz exhibition was inspired by her own Jewish heritage. According to Jacobs, "Facing east, every morning my Grandfather would ceremoniously unwind black leather straps connected to a little box and wrap the straps around his left arm and then his head, where the little black box would eventually lie," she says. "He would face the east and begin to Daven (pray). This he did every single day of his life: young and poor, middle-aged and comfortable, old and feeble."
In providing further commentary Jacobs noted, "I would compare the constraints and demands made by a pious and practicing man's God, to a relationship of dominance and submission. Freedom of choice is practiced in the self-imposed constraints of a belief system that requires total observance and devotion. In such submission is found a personal yet paradoxical sense of grace and empowerment," said Jacobs from her San Francisco Studio.
Laura Jacobs has been a life-long collector of "pretty things" which still find their way into her artwork. Her foray into feminine objets d'art began with designing real bras in elaborate concoctions for special-wear. "They sold well but customers were reluctant to hide such unique garments in their closets and started hanging them on their walls." Jacobs commented. "I decided to follow their lead, and make the art less wearable and more sculptural," she concluded.
Other selections of Jacobs' works on display in the Monkdogz "Foreplay" exhibition include:
-"Top Drawer Trappings of the Bon Ton" - a corset in colorful plastic, showing how the new ideal of feminine beauty replaces natural assets; modern woman is still man-made;
-"Conch-ous She sell" - a pointy brassiere made of mother of pearl giving gravity-defying flight to the shapes that lie beneath."
This is Ms Jacobs' first New York City showing. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she is extensively schooled in fine arts, including degrees from Alfred University, California College of Arts & Crafts, San Francisco State University, and a year at school in Florence, Italy.
She is represented on the West Coast by the Hart Gallery in Monterey and Palm Desert, California and in Las Vegas by the S2 Art group, presently exhibiting her work in their gallery in the Venetian Hotel.
Ms Jacobs' work is in the traveling collection of Arthur S. Goldberg and private collections from Palm Beach to Boston, Silicon Valley to Baltimore. She has participated in some 50 invitational and juried shows in the US and Britain since 1985, has had seven solo exhibitions in the US and Italy, and is associated, in addition to the Hart Gallery, with galleries in Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills.
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