Sometimes Arthouse

Thrones | Sometimes Arthouse Pop-Up Exhibition

May 10 – May 11, 2019
Reception: May 10, 6 – 8 PM
This pop-up exhibition is in conjunction with Megan Hildebrandt’s exhibition and opening reception

Artist Statement

Formed in January 2017, Sometimes Art House is a support group for young, local female and LGBTQ+ identifying artists. Some of us have received professional instruction, while others are artists by nature. Since the beginning, our goal has been to connect with the Lansing community and generate a network for budding artists seeking support. Over the past year, we have hosted several pop-up art shows in collaboration with the Creative Corridor, Cedar Street Art Collective, and Stoopfest and launched our website. We are passionate about sharing talent and highlighting issues of gender, technology, and identity. We ask that the Lansing Art Gallery selection committee consider our proposal for Thrones, an exhibit and simulation critiquing the effects of the symbols for love, power, and gender within Western narratives.

The anecdote that inspired this exhibit is the Greek myth of Cassiopeia – The Seated Woman. The queen of Ethiopia and mother to the lovely Andromeda, Cassiopeia was a symbol of vanity and often boasted that her daughter’s beauty even rivaled the sea nymphs’. These statements obviously irritated the Sea God, Poseidon, and he threatened to destroy Cassiopeia’s city. After consulting an oracle with her husband, Cassiopeia decided that in order to save Ethiopia she had to sacrifice her daughter. In the end, Andromeda was fatefully rescued by a male suitor while Cassiopeia’s reputation is that of vanity and corruption. This is why the constellation of Cassiopeia is an upside down view of a woman chained to a thrown¹. Often the lessons from fables and myths warn women of vanity, promiscuity, and challenging authority. In ancient Greece, a handsome man was called kaloskagathos – which meant being gorgeous to look at, and thus considered intelligent and morally superior. However, an attractive woman was kalon kakon – “the beautiful evil thing”. This idea is still upheld through several religions, schools, and commercial enterprises. Today, femininity is still a We live in a world where many marginalized individuals survival is based on their ability to conform or alter their natural in order to navigate through a racist, ableist, and patriarchal world. Thrones is an exploration of how narratives from the past still influence the modern individual’s perception of gender.Otherwise known as the “male gaze”, the dominant narrative about the female body is it’s value can only be estimated by a man. This is just another example of the overrated validity of outsiders’ perspectives that still exists in the realm of visual arts and politics. At Sometimes Art House, we believe, especially in Trump’s America, countering these backwards values should be in the forefront of all artists’ agendas.

Sometimes Art House is a collective of several artists with diverse artistic backgrounds. Together, our goal is to demonstrate progressive ideals and analysis that give voice to the experiences of certain marginalized identities. We are especially excited to share work from photographer, Kaitlin Grant’s, trip to Paris where she documented the 2018 gay pride festivities. The opening reception will be a fusion of visual art and an interactive installations.