The 2011 group exhibition Chromophilia: Parsing the Visual Spectrum in the student-run Swell Gallery at the
Third Street Graduate Center.

Swell Gallery

Material Girl
Sunday, March 30 - Saturday, April 12, 2014
2565 Third Street (between 22nd and 23rd Streets)
San Francisco,

“Fashion produces beautiful things that always become ugly with time.”
-Jean Cocteau

Material Girl analyzes the social construction of the female figure through clothing and consumerism. High heels, the little black dress, pink tee-shirts, bra size, shopping carts, and other markers are material assumptions that society has tied to women, and in turn inform how she should be perceived and how she should behave. The social dynamics concealed behind consumption are numerous, from gendered messages that reinforce sexism to a fashion industry that projects luxury while encouraging cheap labor and discrimination.

Irene Carvajal, Shiwen Jing, and Özlem Ayse approach the negative connotations of fashion and the social practices identified with women in a multi-media installation that aims to open a dialogue connecting broader discourses of the arts with fashion, labor, identity construction, and gender.

Participating Artists

Irene Carvajal
Shiwen Jing
Özlem Ayse

Curator: Monica Vazquez Rodriguez