Elle Grey – Technology, Sex & Beauty Engendered
Technology, Sex & Beauty Engendered
Presented by Elle Grey
Technology is restructuring the face of our society: here, now. In this new world of smart phones and boundless media saturation, the function of art — who sees it and how it interacts with the viewer — is changing. New technologies, tools, and Internet platforms (Facebook, Carbonmade, Cargo Collective, and Behance, among others) create a rapidly-emerging landscape with its own pitfalls and peaks, complete with altered rules of navigation and infinite possibility for the future of representational art.
Intrinsic facets of representational art — the approach and handling of beauty, sexuality and gender — have become pressing questions which require direct attention in the coming century. The awareness of gender inequality in our country has gone from contested theory to accepted reality. The last ten years have seen a slow boil of sex and gender-oriented work from female and male artists alike, paired with a perceived increase in nude self-portraits from female artists — a visual ‘I am’. The organization of female-friendly institutions (Women Painting Women, etc.) has grown. This shift will only continue as society realizes the arbitrary nature of gender, and that the consuming questions in political spheres regarding gay marriage and sexuality are basic human rights issues rather than matters of morality. This raises unexpected questions: what happens in society and the arts if we choose to dismiss the relevance of gender-as-identity? How can artists address ambiguous sexual identities without edging toward the exploitative? In a similar fashion, ideas about beauty and the function of beauty are changing. Is beauty ‘for beauty’s sake’ sufficient to an image-saturated reality?
In order to meet the coming century within the full spectrum of opportunity, we as artists must examine our own conclusions about the work we make, how we make it, and its purpose. We must ask uncomfortable questions and dissolve preconceptions about possible answers. We must nurture an intensive dialogue. This work seeks to explore the possibilities and stimulate discourse regarding gender, sexuality, and beauty’s function within the framework of a world dominated by new technologies.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Elle Grey was born in Florida in 1985. She began painting in oils at the age of twelve and finished her first novella-length work at age fourteen. She later did independent studies of Master paintings and traditional realism in Florence, Rome, Madrid and Bilbao. She studied painting with Anthony Ackrill (graduate and former instructor at the Florence Academy of Art, who later studied with Odd Nerdrum) and Daniel Stepp (who studied at the New York Academy of Art under Vincent Desiderio). Elle lived in Spain from 2011-2012, cultivating her technical aptitude. She now lives and works the Southern United States.
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