Strawberry Letter 23
July 12 to Aug 9, 2014
opening reception: Sat, July 12, 7pm
Sharon Shapiro returns to Poem 88 for her second solo exhibition of luscious, sexy and provocative watercolors and works on panel. Frequently working from found imagery, film stills and fashion photography, Shapiro continues a long tradition of the study of the female form rigorously exploring ideas about beauty, objectification and sexual power beginning with Botticelli and extending to the Playboy pin-up. New to the work is an intentional doubling and/or blurring of the figure intended to illustrate not only the ongoing the tension between the conflicted roles of women as both powerful sexual beings and sexual objects but speaking to the illusory nature of the image derived from time-based media like film and television. The title of the exhibition, Strawberry Letter 23, comes from a Brothers Johnson song from 1977 that, for curator Robin Bernat, seems to capture the gorgeous complexity, soulfulness and glamour that Shapiro's work so deftly incapsulates.