Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes at Springsteen

Artists: Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan (featuring Women’s History Museum, Ada O’Higgins, Ajakia Smith, Alma María Arias, Aran Shanmugaratnam, Bryn Barnett, Candice Saint Williams, Dachi Cole, Daffy Scanlan, Firpal Jawanda, Gabriela Rivera-Morales, Gogo Graham, Hu Diè, Keke Hunt, Kelley McNutt, Kip Kirkendall, Loren Mindak, Mati Hays, Mountain Pollen, Noel Freibert, Odessa Straub, Sean-Kierre Lyons, Tyler Jones, Yves B. Golden)

Exhibition title: Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes

Venue: Springsteen, Baltimore, US

Date: March 2 – April 26, 2019

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Springsteen, Baltimore

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Exclusive, lonely retail Pear
Gargantuan Passageway,
throng , orb Collage of Space
For a Jewel.s
Your infinite facet
revealed as a gem opening on every hinge

In Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan propose a realm of possibility through an artificial boutique. A semi-abandoned storefront of mysterious origin features overlapping symbols of fashion retail, department stores, beautification, cinema palaces, peep shows, and womanish commoditization in all its forms. As these visual details co-mingle, a world of fantasy and aspiration emerges, but these seductive symbols of desire have attached to them the polluting intention of making money at any cost. The “Magazine Stand,” a collaboration with photographer Tyler Jones, features magazine layouts leading into endless menageries of display that are detached from temporal reality or clear intent. The layouts were inspired by fashion and sex publications throughout many eras, but the imagery presents a feverishly clothed body.

As we continue to hurtle into an ever- accelerating internet capitalism, featuring an endless reel of new brands, new seasons, and new items to buy on our screens, a physical space where something is for sale feels like an artifact. However, the WHM “storefront” leading to the group show also represents a dubious barrier to community — and makes visible the seductive obsession with materialism, vanity, advertising, delusion, and ego. This is a constant conflict that leads to the failure and inability to break free from the ties to capitalism and the obscured violence it yields. The hollow boutique looms as a dead-end reminder of the lure of these forces, and Fashion’s Failure under capitalism.

To avoid the alienation of commerce, and in keeping with the project’s collaborative origins, WHM’s retail center functions as a gateway to the Biennale, a group show bringing together artists that have all contributed their practice to WHM in one form or another. The Biennale features works from across genres, mediums, and methods, yet however divergent the works remain, they intersect in their expressionism, lack of apathy, and defiance of societal limits imposed upon bodies. This is significant within a capital driven art scene that usually rewards abstraction, minimalism, and obfuscation. Much of the work concerns fashion, or perhaps other forms of corporeal compromise. Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes hopes to elaborate on the glittering contradictions behind every institution.

Women’s History Museum, founded in New York City in 2015, is the moniker under which Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan make work. WHM began in its initial iteration as a series of experiential fashion shows that existed as ephemeral artworks in and of themselves. These fashion shows were created in close collaboration with other artists who often doubled as models, including contributions such as music, makeup, sculpture, hair, nails, shoes, and video. Women’s History Museum engages with Fashion as a medium that has the potential to exist beyond regurgitative spectacle but has the ability to change the fabric of reality. WHM was founded to foster community through making clothing and art, to react against feelings of isolation, powerlessness, and emotional instability, as well out of the desire to create novel and previously unseen images of beauty.

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, 2019, exhibition view, Springsteen, Baltimore

 

Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan, Pix Palace- A Closed Opening, 2019, Wood, mirror, acrylic paint, pastels, makeup

Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan, Bertine’s Lib, 2019, Wood, Oil Paint, fox fur

Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan, SEZ X 2, 2019 Acrylic, LED lights, vanity lights, garbage bag, makeup

Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan, Biba Luma Remnants Apotheosis, 2018, Bag handles, leather gloves, wax mold, acrylic nail, box, whm tag, hair ad, millinery flower

Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan, Hospital Bib, 2018, magazine transfers, laser cut plexi

Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan, Dame-115, 2019, 12 x 8 inches, Boots, magazine transfers, buttons, ribbon, 19th century German cotton

Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan, Magasin Freixenet (1) (Unique series of 5), 2019, Featuring photos by Tyler Jones, 12 x 8 inches, Cast plaster and decals

Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan, Magasin Freixenet (2) (Unique series of 5), 2019, Featuring photos by Tyler Jones, 12 x 8 inches, Cast plaster and decals

Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan, Magasin Freixenet (3) (Unique series of 5), 2019, Featuring photos by Tyler Jones, 12 x 8 inches, Cast plaster and decals

Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan, Magasin Freixenet (4) (Unique series of 5), 2019, Featuring photos by Tyler Jones, 12 x 8 inches, Cast plaster and decals

Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan, Magasin Freixenet (5) (Unique series of 5),2019, Featuring photos by Tyler Jones, 12 x 8 inches, Cast plaster and decals

Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan, Head piece (6) (Unique)

Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan, Glove (Unique)

Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan, Ready to Wear Garments

Mattie Barringer and Amanda McGowan, Ready to Wear Garments

Ada O’Higgins, Denial, pen on paper, 2019; Yves B. Golden, Y.I.S. (crystal body), Gold leaf, crystal, rope fibre, wood, bees wax, 2019

Ada O’Higgins, Denial, pen on paper, 2019; Yves B. Golden, Y.I.S. (crystal body), Gold leaf, crystal, rope fibre, wood, bees wax, 2019

Candice Saint Williams and Dachi Cole, Geo & Saga Blessure, wood, string, cloth, metal, 2016

Candice Saint Williams and Dachi Cole, Denim & Brady, wood, string, cloth, metal, 2016

Candice Saint Williams and Dachi Cole, Denim, Geo, Brady & Saga Blessure, wood, string, cloth, metal, 2016

Aran Shanmugaratnam, Nephridium Renaissance, variable Media, 2019

Aran Shanmugaratnam, Nephridium Renaissance, variable Media, 2019

Yves B. Golden, Y.I.S. (crystal body), Gold leaf, crystal, rope fibre, wood, bees wax, 2019

Ajakia Smith, Black Box, mixed media, 2019

Ajakia Smith, Black Box, mixed media, 2019

Mati Hays, Fashioned Without the Garment: Acquisition 001-2019 (Industrial Injection Mold of a Hand Sewing Needle) aluminum industrial injection mold, antique medical instrument cart, plexiglass, zinc hardware, 2019

Keke Hunt, In scarce goods, available is difficult (You are all ever wanted), highlighter on photo paper, 2019

Sean-Kierre Lyons, I wonder if that nigga ever did end up calling Tyrone, felt, thread, astro turf, 2019

Sean-Kierre Lyons, I wonder if that nigga ever did end up calling Tyrone, felt, thread, astro turf, 2019

Ajakia Smith, Black Box, mixed media, 2019

Mati Hays, Fashioned Without the Garment: Acquisition 001-2019 (Industrial Injection Mold of a Hand Sewing Needle) aluminum industrial injection mold, antique medical instrument cart, plexiglass, zinc hardware, 2019

Mati Hays, Fashioned Without the Garment: Acquisition 001-2019 (Industrial Injection Mold of a Hand Sewing Needle) aluminum industrial injection mold, antique medical instrument cart, plexiglass, zinc hardware, 2019

Yves B. Golden, Estival Braid, 2019, Gold leaf, crystal, rope fibre, wood, wax

Odessa Straub, For dicks that want the comfort of floating out the window, various media, 2018

Yves B. Golden, Shrine Study (Sima/Crystal Body), Gold leaf, crystal, rope fibre, wood, bees wax, 2019

Alma María Arias, 75810: Anatomía de un Toro/ Anatomy of a Bull, oil and thread on canvas, 2017 – 2019

Noel Freibert, From Ewe, muslin, various cotton blend fabric, foam, 2019

Yves B. Golden, Shrine Study (Source), 2019, Gold leaf, crystal, rope fibre, wood, wax

Gogo Graham, Pupuna, plaster, aluminum wire, latex paint, fabric and synthetic hair, 2017

Hu Diè, Two friends of never, hard gel, art gel, gel polish, acrylic tips, jade on rubber hand, 2019

Hu Diè, Two friends of never, hard gel, art gel, gel polish, acrylic tips, jade on rubber hand, 2019

Mountain Pollen, Untitled, various fabric, thread, 2018

Ajakia Smith, Three Strangers: Fire, Water, Earth, mixed media, 2019

Daffy Scanlan, Raya, colored pencil on canvas, 2018

Gogo Graham, Pupuna, plaster, aluminum wire, latex paint, fabric and synthetic hair, 2017

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