On June 27th, 2013, Anthem Wares transformed its pop-up space on 175 Mott Street in New York City for Kink, an exhibition of self-portrait drawings, photography and video by conceptual artist Andrea Mary Marshall. The work is for sale exclusively at the pop-up and online, alongside featured designers Bliss Lau, Chromat, Fleet Ilya, Zana Bayne, and others.
Please note: this exhibition contains graphic content and may only be suitable for mature audiences.
In the current exhibition Kink, Andrea Mary Marshall heightens her signature approach to self-portraiture by placing herself in a multifarious role where her body is used as mannequin, master, mistress, and muse. Uniting art, fashion, and commerce, the works in Kink create an environment that transcends social discourse and serve as reminders that sexual freedom and self-awareness are themselves luxury commodities. Moreover, any preconceived notions of fetish culture are re-contextualized to show that sexual penchants are atypical and unique. To Marshall, fetish can signify many things and costumes can be just as arousing as conversation. The purpose of this exhibition is to break free from proverbial whips and chains and engage in a stronger sense of being. Kink is not about imposing sexual release on anyone but rather encouraging viewers to challenge their belief systems and self-imposed limitations. Whether fearful and forlorn or arrogant and audacious, there is always a way to create, there is always a way to learn, and there is always a path to achievement.
Committing to a sexually empowered lifestyle means placing importance on our personal desires, health, and boundaries. In Kink, Marshall is cognizant of the way we engage with sexual freedom by embracing and not abusing these privileges. Her work demonstrates that sex can be used as a tool for self-expression while simultaneously providing commentary against sexual violence, repression, and exploitation.
-Kristin Sancken, Curator
Andrea Mary Marshall:
Andrea Mary Marshall has forged a name for herself in the contemporary art world through her dynamic approach to self-portraiture. Her work examines the intersection of identity, female sexuality, and consumer culture through a variety of mediums including painting, photography, film, and mixed media. Recently she has held two solo exhibitions, Gia Condo and Toxic Women, at Allegra LaViola Gallery in New York City. Her work has been included in numerous group shows including the 2013 Whitney Museum Art Party, Watercolors at Phillips Auction House, Americana at Grey Area and Ni Una Mas at Drexel University. She has been featured by The New York Times, ArtInfo and Style.com. Marshall received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design in 2006. www.andreamarymarshall.com
The artist would like to gratefully acknowledge Kristin Sancken and Adam Livermore of Oribe Hair Care for their collaboration on this exhibition.
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