Gift of Gift of: Laura Young
Sometime back, I featured a Call for Entry for the Gift of Gift of Program. Gift of Gift of’s mission is to offer young art patrons an egalitarian opportunity to impact large collecting institutions and to aid emerging artists at a critical point in their careers.
Each year Gift of Gift of organizes an event in which photographs are exhibited for the consideration of collective purchase, to be offered as a donation to a major collecting institution. Event attendees receive a set number of votes with the purchase of event tickets. Attendees then vote on which of the exhibited artworks they think should become part of a museum’s permanent collection. Those artworks with the highest number of votes will be purchased with the pooled funds.
GoGo’s events introduce young collectors to young artists; GoGo gives the gift of exposure to emerging artists; GoGo gives the gift of discovering works to young patrons; GoGo gives the gift of new artwork to chosen collecting institutions.
So long story short, I was curious to see who was selected and collected into the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. And as luck would have it, when I contacted one of the winners, Laura Young, about featuring her work on LENSCRATCH, she told me that she had read about the call, right here, on LENSCRATCH and this post has now come full circle.
“Furrow” is from a series about wanting to alter one’s body and the internal conflict that develops when we feel repulsed and attracted to our body at the same time.
The long history of body ornamentation is intricately connected to human identity. Whether with permanent marks like tattoos, or temporary decorations like makeup and clothing, body art is used to signal an individual’s place in society, to enhance beauty, and to symbolize group identity and affiliation. It can also be a way for people to challenge social values and cultural assumptions about identity, and the body itself.
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Laura Skinner: ExperimentalAugust 6th, 2017
Keeping Watch: Hasan Elahi, Lauren Grabelle, and Sheri Lynn BehrAugust 3rd, 2017