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THE FEMININE PERCEPTION: Beauty and Nonsense

Leslie Fandrich

Rockland Center for the Arts,  Sept. 10 – Oct. 4 in Gallery Two

Visitors must call to schedule an appointment and follow social distancing protocols, masks required.

Join Rockland Center for the Arts for The Feminine Perception:  Beauty and Nonsense, Sept. 10th – Oct. 4th, 2020.  Leslie Fandrich is a feminist interdisciplinary artist and writer.  She tells stories of the feminine deploying collage, by drawing connections to the boundaries of the female body and the ways in which women are viewed – or not viewed – in today’s society and media.   Working with a wide range of printed media, including maps, vintage newspapers, fabric patterns, old book pages, music sheets, advertising ephemera and images of women appropriated from fashion, her works appear both modern and timeless. They are primarily figurative: however, rich and textured backgrounds are built up with various techniques that are often abstract and open to interpretation.

Fictional tropes taken from movies and books often serve as her titles.  Through them she explores the ways in which our visual language has provided a disservice to more than half the human population. Her  intent is to question and transform the way women are respected in our culture and reflected in our media. Questions she asks are: What do women need to do to hold power? How do powerful women make others feel? How does feminism intersect with racism, gender roles and other forms of oppression? How do women increase their value in a society that frequently de-values them?

In 2020, Fandrich launched A Red Space, a resource for artists focused on contemporary art and feminist art history which highlights exhibitions, studio visits and books featuring self-identifying women artists and marginalized identities. This summer, she is participating virtually in the Chautauqua Visual Arts residency program at Chautauqua Institute, and expanding her thinking and understanding of visual culture in the contemporary moment.

Fandrich has lectured and facilitated workshops at Dutchess Community College and SUNY New Paltz.  She has been a guest critic and given artist talks at the University of Connecticut and the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She has served as a jury member for the Orange County Community Arts Grant Selection Panel and the Hudson Valley Region Scholastic Awards. In 2016, she co-edited and contributed writing and artwork to Identity & Anonymity: An Artful Anthology and in 2015 she co-organized Creative Courage, a weekend retreat for women at Wiawaka Center for Women in Lake George, NY.

Leslie’s work has been exhibited at the Strohl Art Center at Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY; The Carriage House at Thornwillow Institute, Newburgh, NY; Boston University Art Galleries, Boston, MA; Plug Projects, Kansas City, MO; Braithwaite Fine Art Gallery at the Southern Utah Museum of Art, Cedar City, UT; and The Seligmann Center, Sugar Loaf, NY; as well as numerous venues and gallery spaces throughout New York’s Hudson Valley.

We invite you to join us for The Feminine Perception:  Beauty and Nonsense.  Free to the general public, the gallery is open by appointment only.  There will be a limit on visitors in the space at all times, in alignment with current social distancing protocols.  Visitors are required to wear masks upon entering RoCA and while in the gallery.  To schedule a visit or for more information contact: Rockland Center for the Arts, 845-358-0877, info@rocklandartcenter.org.   Rockland Center for the Arts is located at 27 S Greenbush Rd., West Nyack, NY 10994.  Gallery hours are:  Mon.-Fri. 10-4; Sat. 1-4pm.

Also, on exhibit:  Contemporary Rockland Artist: the Faculty Exhibit and LOOK AT ME, works by Kris Campbell.

RoCA gratefully acknowledges support for its programs from The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation, M&T Bank, Orange & Rockland Utilities, Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman P.C., Sterling National Bank, the Rea Charitable Trust, Crystal Run Healthcare, Quiet Events, Rockland County Tourism, the Estate of Joan Konner, Lighting Services Inc., Sarah and Stephen Thomas, the Mark and Jessie Milano Foundation, Zaklin Family Charitable Fund, The County of Rockland, The Family Fjord Foundation, Simona and Jerome Chazen, ASG, RoCA members, donors and business members.

RoCA’s programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Funding is also made possible by the County of Rockland.