A Women’s Thing x AucArt
June 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020
A Women’s Thing is a print and digital publication dedicated to reshaping society’s ideas of what “women’s things” are. We are interested in stories that never get told: educational, emotional and inspirational. We are finding and highlighting the women who are making history today. As of June 1, we are launching an online viewing room as a larger initiative to provide support and visibility for emerging, mid-career, and established female-identifying artists and organizations internationally. Through this rotating exhibition space, we will promote connections through editorial features.
A Women’s Thing’s inaugural online viewing room, curated by Morgan Everhart, is in collaboration with AucArt, the only online auction house specializing in emerging artists. AucArt seeks to create a higher level of transparency in the art world. They catch artists in the very early stages of their careers, either having just finished their postgraduate or undergraduate degrees. This unique emphasis allows clients to collect works by emerging artists, forming a personal relationship with them whilst following their journey.
A Women’s Thing and AucArt’s exhibition is titled “Stretching Arms,” which asks the viewer, how do we transcend solitude and foster community? This exhibition highlights artists that structure their work with self-compassion and reflection, which provides empathy for others and welcomes strength in vulnerability.
The group of artists selected from AucArt includes Natasha Wright, Viktoryia Shydlouskaya, Katya Granova, and Tao Xian.
In “Stretching Arms,” a group of confident, figurative artists incorporates drawing into their work while maintaining their painterly virtues. Whether these unusual, exaggerated subjects are alone or not, they outstretch our worldly limits and enter a territory that seems familiar, twisted, funny, sexy, and uncomfortable. Each artist in the exhibition gets straight to their point through their repertoire of rendering, medium, and color, which hones in on out of body experiences. We don’t know exactly who these people are, but we know their struggle is physical, innermost, and effeminate.
The artists come from New Zealand, Russia, China, and Belarus. All of them are influenced by their personal perceptions of the world, and each artist uses a range of abstract and narrative properties such as gesture, glitch, surface, fantasy or rebellious intimacies to transform their conceptions.
10% of AucArt’s sales will go to Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI). SARI provides support for victims of any type of hate crime including racist, faith-based, disablist, homophobic, transphobic, age-based or gender-based.