Understanding that precepts of attractiveness have evolved over time and vary between cultures, this exhibition invites artists to consider cultural constructions of aesthetic appeal, and asks,—“How do we receive messages about beauty in a contemporary global society and how are we affected by internalizing ideals?” Works selected for the exhibition respond to canons of bodily proportion, such as ratio depiction (waist-to-chest, waist-to-hip, and leg-to-body), and consider the distinction between “real” and “ideal”. The artists selected for Beautiful Parts approach these issues with awareness of the history and continued evolution of dialogues surrounding body image and the related psychologies of status, identity, physical attraction, and self-esteem.
Rain Lucien Matheke
Kellan Barnebey King
Juried by artist, Kim Abeles, and organized by the curatorial collective, Rough Play, Beautiful Parts marks the first annual exhibition hosted by the CSUN Alumni Association Art Chapter.
Image Credit: John Zarcone, Information Theory, oil and acrylic on canvas tarp, 6’ x 9’ x 0"