Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to present Inside Mouth, Jackie Milad’s first solo show in Washington, DC. The exhibition features Milad’s spare, but lyrical line drawings, photographs and an interactive installation. Milad started the project by creating a series of drawings of bald, androgynous figures to investigate the subtlety and awkwardness of facial expressions. The baldness draws attention to the variety of expressions that each figure makes, while the grid format emphasizes Milad’s scientific approach to the work.
A photographic analog documents volunteers imitating the expressions that appear in the drawings. The artist asked the volunteers to wear a bald “wig” and directed their facial expressions to reflect the drawings. The volunteers reproduced the expressions in the same fashion as a musician reading a score.
Part art, part anthropology, Milad describes her work as a “reference library for gestural language, simultaneously unsettling, humorous, seductive and familiar.” During the opening reception, artists Lauren Bender, Chrissy Ferrera and Ric Royer will wear the same style bald “wigs” to imitate the facial expressions in Milad’s drawings, a live recreation of the process that resulted in the photographs. Milad explains, “both the drawings and performances are meant to heighten and exaggerate quotidian gestures and moments.”
Following the opening reception, Milad will have the bald “wigs” and mirrors installed in the gallery, inviting viewers to wear the wigs and imitate Milad’s taxonomy of facial expressions. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2010 from 6-8pm. Milad will give an artist talk on February 13, 2010 at 1pm in the Flashpoint Gallery.
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Jackie Milad: Inside Mouth
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 9, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 13, 1pm
Exhibition: January 9 – February 13, 2009
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6 pm or by appointment
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