Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Andrea Bowers

Andrea Bowers

Andrea Bowers has an MFA from CalArts and lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent solo shows include "The Weight of Relevance" at the Secession, Vienna and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; "Vows" at Halle fur Kunst, Luneburg; "Nothing Is Neutral" at REDCAT, Los Angeles and Artpace, San Antonio. Recent group shows include "Tanzen, Sehen" at the Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany; "Personal Affairs" at the Morsbroich Museum, Leverkusen, Germany; "Particulate Matter" at the Mills College Art Museum, Oakland and the "Whitney Biennial 2004", Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She is represented by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Sara Meltzer Gallery in New York, Mehdi Chouakri in Berlin, Galerie Praz-Delavallade in Paris, and Van Horn in Dusseldorf. Bowers is currently a Visiting Artist at CalArts.
I am proud of the moniker "feminist." My work also addresses many other issues, both political and aesthetic. It's like we are living back in the 1950s again; with the Bush administration, things are more conservative than ever. This administration is trying to force the teaching of intelligent design in public schools, outlaw abortion, illegally wiretap people's phones, and read their email. This conservatism has permeated the entire country and has international influence. In the art world and beyond, race and gender discrimination is thriving, and this makes me very sad. If this weren't the case, more young women would not be so afraid to call themselves feminists. Young artists fear being ghettoized being considered an "artist" only as associated with an adjective such as black, Latino, feminist, political, gay, and so forth. This is understandable, because these attitudes are prevalent; but underlying this tendency to categorize is a notion that somehow there is a type of art production that is nonpolitical or neutral. In other words, you can choose either to make "Art" or to be one of those "other artists." As far as I can tell, "Art" is about the interests and identities of a modernist tradition of Euroethnic men and is easily consumed by a capitalist system because its politics coincide with the agendas of those in power. I'm talking about a system and not a physical description of people. Participation in this system is a choice. "I'll be post-feminist in the post-patriarchy."

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Diabloblockade, Diablo Nuclear Power Plant, Abalone Alliance, 1981Detail of "Still Life of The AIDS Memorial Quilt in Storage (Blocks 4336-4340)"  Vieja Gloria (video still)Eulogies to One and Another (Installation view)Defense of NecessityVows (Goldman, Emma. "Marriage and Love." New York: Mother Earth Publishing Association, 1910.)Letters to the Army of Three and Letters to an Army of Three (Installation view)

Letters to an Army of ThreeThe Weight of Relevance Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Training

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