Chelsea Culprit at Yautepec

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Artist: Chelsea Culprit

Exhibition title: Miss Universe

Venue: Yautepec, Mexico City

Date: July 7 – September 9, 2016

Photography: PJ Rountree, all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Yautepec, Mexico City

Silver crowns, butterflies, smashed tiles and neon question marks floating above. Painting becomes 3D, better than any blow up doll, like sculpture, graphic and alive. We’re on the other side of the looking-glass, and the subject of painting, one of those naked models we’re so used to looking at and calling “nudes”, turns around and starts painting herself and her workmates. Suddenly, our “looking at” is subverted, as the subjects become agents, and care little about us, about our desire colonized by porn and its expectations, as their intimacy rejects our commodification of their bodies, of their sexuality. They look at each other, they make themselves up, wild goddesses of their own locker rooms. These are the women who people Chelsea Culprit’s newest body of work. What is the language of this body? The multi-textured text of this work? What does this Miss smell of? Not puke and privation, but fast food, quick comebacks, and color, loads of color.

Culprit astutely criticizes capitalist objectification of female bodies and the paradoxes of the sexualized girl vs. the infantilized woman, as she submerges us behind the scenes, between working girls, amongst women who dance, who sell and perform a kind of female identity which is then shattered here, so that these larger than life women, like monuments in a small town, may reveal themselves in all their anarchy, their rebellious aliveness. Raw, grotesque, and naked because, as John Berger writes, “To be naked is to be oneself. To be nude is to be seen naked by others and yet not recognised for oneself… Nakedness reveals itself.” Here they are. And here we are, ourselves, our desire undressed, our makeup smudged. Do we recognize them; do we recognize ourselves? The looking glass is cracked, the invisible made visible—do we dare look?

— Gabriela Jauregui

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CC16-01_Double Happiness

Chelsea Culprit, Double Happiness, 2016
Oil, acrylic, spray paint, pastel stick, and glitter on canvas, 43” x 34”, 110 x 87 cm

CC16-02_Girl with Pizza

Chelsea Culprit, Girl with Pizza, 2016
Oil, acrylic, spray paint, pastel stick, and glitter on canvas, 43” x 34”, 110 x 87 cm

CC16-03_Cheeseburger in Paradise

Chelsea Culprit, Cheeseburger in Paradise, 2016
Oil, acrylic, spray paint, pastel stick, and glitter on canvas, 43” x 34”, 110 x 87 cm

CC16-04_Her Fire

Chelsea Culprit, Her Fire, 2016
Mixed media, 68” x 34.5” x 29” (approx.), 173 x 88 x 74 cm (approx.)

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Chelsea Culprit, Her Fire, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, 68” x 34.5” x 29” (approx.), 173 x 88 x 74 cm (approx.)

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Chelsea Culprit, Her Fire, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, 68” x 34.5” x 29” (approx.), 173 x 88 x 74 cm (approx.)

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Chelsea Culprit, Her Fire, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, 68” x 34.5” x 29” (approx.), 173 x 88 x 74 cm (approx.)

CC16-05a_Girls, Girls, Girls w Security Bars

Chelsea Culprit, Girls, Girls, Girls w Security Bars, 2016
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, aluminum foil on styrofoam, 40.5” x 26.5” x 7” (approx.) / 103 x 67 x 18 cm (approx.)

CC16-05b_Girls, Girls, Girls w Security Bars

Chelsea Culprit, Girls, Girls, Girls w Security Bars, 2016
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, aluminum foil on styrofoam, 40.5” x 26.5” x 7” (approx.) / 103 x 67 x 18 cm (approx.)

CC16-06_Tired of being tired

Chelsea Culprit, Tired of Being Tired, 2016
Mixed media, 62” x 31.5” x 56” (approx.) / 158 x 80 x 142 cm (approx.)

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Chelsea Culprit, Tired of Being Tired, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, 62” x 31.5” x 56” (approx.) / 158 x 80 x 142 cm (approx.)

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Chelsea Culprit, Tired of Being Tired, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, 62” x 31.5” x 56” (approx.) / 158 x 80 x 142 cm (approx.)

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Chelsea Culprit, Tired of Being Tired, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, 62” x 31.5” x 56” (approx.) / 158 x 80 x 142 cm (approx.)

CC16-07_Qué, cuál, cómo, pero

Chelsea Culprit, Qué, cuál, cómo, pero … , 2016
Mixed media, Variable dimensions

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Chelsea Culprit, Qué, cuál, cómo, pero … , 2016
Mixed media, Variable dimensions

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Chelsea Culprit, Qué, cuál, cómo, pero … , 2016
Mixed media, Variable dimensions

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Chelsea Culprit, Qué, cuál, cómo, pero … , 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, Variable dimensions

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Chelsea Culprit, Qué, cuál, cómo, pero … , 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, Variable dimensions

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Chelsea Culprit, Qué, cuál, cómo, pero … , 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, Variable dimensions

CC16-08_Blue Lady with Pearls

Chelsea Culprit, Blue Lady with Pearls, 2010
Pastel on paper, 16” x 13.5” / 41 x 34 cm

CC16-09_Fake Twins

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Chelsea Culprit, Fake Twins with Fake Tans Making Each Other Up, 2016
Mixed media, Variable dimensions

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Chelsea Culprit, Fake Twins with Fake Tans Making Each Other Up, 2016
Mixed media, Variable dimensions

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Chelsea Culprit, Fake Twins with Fake Tans Making Each Other Up, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, Variable dimensions

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Chelsea Culprit, Fake Twins with Fake Tans Making Each Other Up, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, Variable dimensions

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Chelsea Culprit, Fake Twins with Fake Tans Making Each Other Up, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, Variable dimensions

CC16-09b_Fake Twins

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Chelsea Culprit, Fake Twins with Fake Tans Making Each Other Up, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, Variable dimensions

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Chelsea Culprit, Fake Twins with Fake Tans Making Each Other Up, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, Variable dimensions

CC16-10_Girls, Girls, Girls w Tiara

Chelsea Culprit, Girls, Girls, Girls w Tiara, 2016
Acrylic, giclée, guache, stickers on canvas, aluminum foil on foam, 83” x 47.5” x 2.5” (approx.) / 211 x 121 x 6 cm (approx.)

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