“The work that particularly fascinated me and pushed me to rethink a lot of old issues had two characteristics in common,” she wrote. “It was funny, really funny, and it went ‘too far.’”
It has been 18 years since that show and now is as good a time as any to reassess what it means to be a “bad girl” in contemporary art today.
Bad Girls of 2012 takes a small sample of artists to reflect on how things have changed. The shift that I have noticed most is that female artists are making whatever type of work they want to make without negotiation or burden.
They are wholly unapologetic in their art making and do not seek permission to work with any ideas, materials, or subject matter. This includes the inheritance of any past “-ism” within art and cultural history and also the use of any imagery, including feminized objects or the body.
Everything is up for grabs, and the results are as complex as their makers.
The intensity of feelings, emotions, and opinions about art, the label feminist, and the ‘all-girl show’ are still heated topics today. This show acknowledges this while serving as a measure of what was and what is to come. Until the day when shows of all women are as normal as shows with all men, this type of show and its variants, will still be necessary.
The popular trend to act as though issues of gender, politics, economics, and power within the art world are better left unacknowledged is behavior that is learned in order to not make waves and to keep the status quo.
No one wants to be a nag. Frankly, the status quo is dull and needs to be given a good shake from time to time. The selection of artists in this show is but a small sampling of some of the hottest, smartest, most interesting artists out there who are shaking things up and being as bad as they want to be.
— Jamie Sterns, organizer of the exhibition.
Artists include Gina Beavers , a painter living in New York City. She has been included in shows in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Chicago, and has had solo shows at PACS in Brooklyn and recently; Rachel de Joode, from Amersfoort, The Netherlands, swho tudied time-based arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam. She currently lives and works in Berlin; and Dora + Maja, a Croatian-born artist duo that currently works and lives in New York and were recently named in Modern Painters' "100 Artists to Watch".
Other artists include Rebecca Gilbert who lives and works in Brooklyn, Denise Kupferschmidt, recently named in Modern Painters’ “100 Artists to Watch,” has had solo exhibitions in Chicago, Boston, and New York, as well as my Yao is an artist based in Phoenix, Arizona, and New York City, and a former member of the all-female teen punk band Emily’s Sassy Lime (ESL). Her work was included in Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1.
The exhbition will be showcased at Interstate Projects, located at 56 Bogart Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It runs through May 27.