Archive for April 23, 2012

Artists portraying food…..Rachel Hovnanian….

mediums used: prints of her sculptures, installation, short films which you can find on her website. Most 12 minutes or less, find her web address at the end of this article.

This artist gained much publicity in the past few years for her work with sculpture. Her main theme has been beauty both the power and burden of being an attractive women in today’s world.

A clip with the artist talking about her show about Beauty and Power  in Belgium.

link to the artist’s website-

The artist was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Now lives and works out of New York City.

Hovnanian had her first show in Chicago in 2011 at the Carrie Secrist Gallery.

The artist tries to get people to think about ideas we take as being “normal.”  Opening a magazine and looking thru page after page about how to lose weight or lose wrinkles. She tries to get people to see past the superficial ideas. For an installation artist she makes the viewer have many thoughts about her works. In this world of connectivity and the internet it seems people all around the world want to chase beauty either for money or power or both. Her message is universal in any language, the world is consumed by beauty, which from my artistic point of view isn’t a bad thing!

Some items normally represented in her work that have to do with beauty are tiaras, swimsuits, trophies and the narcissus flower.  She loves to poke fun of modern advertising and its cure all solutions for showing any signs of age.  She did this in a photographic series dealing with Texas Beauty Cream.

The artist has been well taught at by many working professional artists. She has attended Parsons School of Design, the Art Students League of New York City, the National Academy of Design, and the University of Texas.

The artist has been featured in the New York Times and Elle Decor. She has been part of shows the last few years in exciting cities such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Shanghai , London, Madrid, Barcelona, and Antwerp. It seems for installation artists there might be more opportunities to sell works overseas. With its flourishing economy Asia has seen records amounts of art sold in traditional ink to modern art such as video and installation series.

On line and land based gallery: The Cat Street Gallery in Hong Kong offers prints of her sculptures.

I enjoy this artist for her always increasing her use of different mediums and for making people think more about the many media ads portraying women whose image has been photoshopped.  I imagine she could do awesome pictures about women eating chocolate and gaining a bunch of weight. She has a great mind for seeing what works in the commercial advertising world.

No art homework for today!