Saturday, September 30, 2006

Jennifer McNeely at 301 Bocana (SF)

Alert: This exhibit is scheduled to close on 10/14/06. Gallery hours (limited) are posted on the website.

The tiny 301 Bocana Gallery, in the Bernal Heights area of San Francisco, has a show of new fabric sculptures by Seattle artist Jennifer McNeely. Most of the pieces are designed to hang from the wall. The materials include brassieres, nylon stocking, bits of fur, stuffing, and thread. There are a couple of larger works, but majority here could be held in your hands. Not that you would do that. You’re a good gallery patron, and besides you might want to run for Congress some day. If someone snapped a photo…. We’re talking erotic and comic, brazen and silky. This is no occasion to say, "Nice piece!" McNeely’s local solo debut was at The LAB in late 2005. Both the wit and forms seem sharper in the new show. Here are three more examples, in addition to the bunnyesque construction at the top:

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