Conceptual art, text-based practices, collage and hard-edge painting are all in play at Gallery 12.26 in an erudite new body of work by Eve Fowler.
Based in Los Angeles, Fowler mines these avant-garde strategies as she seamlessly intertwines them with the words of Gertrude Stein, a queer icon, art collector and writer who lived in Paris during the first half of the 20th century.
Fowler’s use of art and language directly addresses dominant power structures in order to disrupt and short-circuit their top-down hierarchies. Specifically, she targets biases related to gender, sexuality and feminism.
She follows in the footsteps of pioneering female artists from the postmodern tradition who weaponized language more than three decades ago, including Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer.
Where they used media and photography, Fowler retrieves artistic styles developed by men, like Picasso’s collage