Saturday, August 25, 2012

BURLINGTON: Wylie Sofia Garcia at Living and Learning Gallery at the University of Vermont

Dazzle Camouflage
Wylie Sofia Garcia
September 3- 28, 2012
University of Vermont, Living and Learning Gallery, Burlington, Vermont
Opening Reception, September 6, 2012 5:30-8:30, starting with a brief introduction by the artist.

About the Show:

Dazzle Camouflage is a metaphor for negative and positive spatial relationships relative to the female body.  Inspired by the old military camouflage paint scheme used on old World War I war ships, complex geometric patterned paint schemes are used with the intention to draw attention to an object while simultaneously obscuring it.  Dazzle Camouflage becomes an imprint of unpredictability on the surface of an object, in this case, the surface of femininity.  Using contrasting colors, interference paint as well as interrupting and intersecting patterns and lines, the silhouette of the female figure is obvious, but intentional details become difficult to decipher as the form changes according to view.  This shifting perspective and focus is intended to act as a larger metaphor related to the tangibility and vulnerability of feminine presence, power and mystique.