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Window Women – Jill Downen
September 2, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - November 11, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Marking the artist’s fifth solo exhibition with Bruno David Gallery, Jill Downen (Chair of KCAI Sculpture) presents an installation Window Women in the WINDOW ON FORSYTH (on view 24/7), a stack of sculptural blocks representing female breasts that command attention. Stacked in neat rows, subtle nuance reveals that each is uniquely shaped, a result of the artist’s additive and subtractive processes, layering plaster and sanding surfaces to achieve feminine curves. Presented at street level, is this a nod to Amsterdam’s women in windows, fecundity available for consumption? Or is this an homage to Artemis, the ancient Greek diva of Ephesus, with a cultural stream of commerce flowing from the goddess image? Downen’s work addresses such dialogue in relation to contemporary situations such as women’s marches and a nasty women arsenal in pursuit of equality.
Bruno David Gallery, Window on Forsyth, 7513 Forsyth Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105