** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 20, 2015 **
Flaneuse: Wander Art of Honoria Starbuck
January 16 – March 12, 2015
Saturday, January 16, 5pm
Spellerberg Projects is proud to present Flaneuse, a dynamic installation of small-format paintings by American artist Honoria Starbuck.
The works in this exhibition are the product of the artist as flaneuse, maneuvering through contemporary life and art history. Starbuck’s inspiration flows from the earliest of mark-making gestures, prehistoric cave painting, through art history to present day practices such as digital painting via tablet computers. The pieces explore color, shape and the interaction of materials, with subjects ranging from observed nature, abstract forms and fashion.
Paintings by Honoria Starbuck
The exhibition is a site-specific dynamic installation, conceived by the artist for the storefront gallery at Spellerberg Projects. Gazing in the windows of the gallery, the viewer sees dozens of small-format artworks displayed on a rail along the gallery walls. Upon entering the space, she encounters a cabinet containing hundreds of paintings, organized by theme. A white-gloved attendant invites her to select a set of work to display, then replaces the paintings on the rail with those of her choosing. This installation format is inspired by that of the Lithuania Pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennale, held in 2011.
"Visitors select boxes of art to display. I never know what will be shown in the gallery space at any given time. There are thousands of possible configurations directed by visitor choice," Starbuck observes.
The artist’s choice of the 5 × 7 inch postcard-sized format derives from her long-term engagement with Mail Art, a populist artistic practice centered on sending small scale works through the postal service. Originally practiced by the Fluxus artists of the 1950s and 60s, Mail Art has since developed into a thriving global movement.
About Honoria Starbuck
Honoria Starbuck received an interdisciplinary Ph.D in communications, fine arts, and education from the University of Texas, Austin. She has been a member of the global Mail Art Network for over twenty five years and her work has shown in festivals, museums, galleries and private settings around the world. She teaches at the Art Institute of Austin, and has taught art and design with the Austin Museum of Digital Art and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Starbuck serves on the advisory board of SXSW Edu and the programming board of SXSW Interactive.
This exhibition is complemented by New Year, New Color!, a family-friendly art-making experience in which Starbuck will lead participants in making their own 5 × 7 inch postcard-sized paintings.
What is a Flaneuse?
The word flâneur refers to the nineteenth century French man depicted by writers such as Balzac and Baudelaire. He was a dashing young gentleman whose literary prowess allowed him to describe and analyze social customs, commerce and politics in the modernizing city. The idea of being a flâneur, someone who walks the streets observing city life, is key to our understanding of the urban, and of art, from the late nineteenth century onwards.
Historians typically portray the flâneur as an exclusively male identity. Nineteenth century urban women were assumed to have been passive, objectified, and exploited; not active participants in the burgeoning capitalist marketplace. For example, author Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin had to disguise herself as a man and use the pseudonym “George Sand” in order to walk the streets of Paris freely. But even today’s women discover obstacles when stepping off the well-trodden paths of career, marriage, children. Because of this, a flaneuse is more than just the feminine equivalent of a flâneur, she’s also a feminist.
(Definition credit to Dana Goldstein and Lauren Elkin.)
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About Spellerberg Projects
Spellerberg Projects is a new contemporary art space in Lockhart, Texas. Featuring local, national and international artists, it’s a “project space” where exhibitions and activities are driven by each artist’s unique practice.
Honoria Starbuck, Ph.D.
My mission is to live and to share a deeply creative life.