‘Beast Boutique’ Opens At Yellow Peril
The Yellow Peril Gallery will host an opening reception for Beast Boutique, the work of Providence artist and Brown grad Jennifer Avery resulting from her residency with the Hermès Foundation.
As the first American artist chosen for this prestigious program, Jennifer Avery collaborated with seamstresses from the Holding Textile Hermès and their fabric printing facilities for four months and created 300 performative objects from opulent gold, silk, cotton and fleece fabrics printed with her drawings, photocopies, and repurposed trash from Hermès.
Beast Boutique deconstructs “Little Red Riding Hood” and merges the personalities of Little Red, Grandmother and Wolf into one body – a patchwork of fragmented identities that inhabit an architecture that is both forest and boutique, and oscillates between selling her dolls (an act of prostitution / commodity / pleasure) and creating them (an act of passion / auto-eroticism / necessity). Both acts critique and celebrate the performance of femininity and Eros simultaneously.
About the Hermès Artists’ Residencies:
Since 2010, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has invited young visual artists mentored by leading figures on the contemporary scene to discover the exceptional artisan skills practised at the Hermès workshops in France. The annual programme gives artists complete creative freedom to devise and produce new works using the finest materials (silk, leather, silver, crystal) in collaboration with the workshop artisans. Each residency is a unique creative adventure, challenging artists to re-locate their practice in a completely new context.
‘Beast Boutique’ runs through March 12.
Reception 6pm to 9pm, Saturday, January 16, Yellow Peril Gallery, 60 Valley Street