In her first exhibition of works on paper, “The Dance before the Kill,” Anna Davis adopts the pasodoble as a metaphor to contrast the fluidity of women’s roles with the aggressive, prideful posturing of paternal authority. She has translated the gray Frocasian characters of her vibrant mixed media paintings into starkly black and white illustrations of entangled bodies. An amalgam of the terms Afro and Caucasian, Frocasian designates the artist’s construal of Primitivism’s noble savage and symbolizes the utopist aim to transcend identity politics. On paper, however, these figures lose their uniformly gray hue, underscoring their cultural oppositions and differences in appearance. The flamboyant garb and histrionic facial expression of each character evoke the dance of the bullfight, as these attributes augment the dramatic tension between the sexes.
Date: Exhibition Dates: June 3 – July 1, 2010
Time: Opening Reception: June 3, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Location: 1234 9th St NW
The opening reception is free and open to the public. Susan Gage Caterers will provide complimentary food and beverages. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, May 31st.