May 26 – July 9, 2011

Flaubert's Puppets


Flaubert's Puppets, 2011, synthetic polymer paint and ink on canvas, fabric and paper with collage elements, dimensions variable

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Australian artist Sally Smart is known for her large-scale collage installations applied directly to the gallery wall. She works with
a range of media, including painted canvas and felt cut-outs, photographic elements, and printed fabric. The pins and joins that connect her work remain exposed to the viewer, emphasizing the performative process Smart undergoes in the cutting, drawing, and assembly of her work. FlaubertÕs Puppets (Femmage), Smart's third solo exhibition at Postmasters, explores the ideas of the feminine identity, performance, and nature. The wall installation will be accompanied by a series of framed, collaged drawings. In FlaubertÕs Puppets the cut-out, hybridized figures, legs, arms, and swishing skirts fall apart and come together to accentuate movement. The images, inscribed with marks and notations, reference choreographersÕ drawings and reflect on the performative process of SmartÕs static yet dynamic installation.

The word Femmage was used by the American feminist and theorist, Miriam Shapiro in 1976 to describe work traditionally made by women, and the multitude of techniques, including collage, photomontage and embroidery, that women have used; Femmage for Smart is a term used to describe the idea of womenÕs relationship (historical and contemporary) to the art making process and the connections to feminist politics (The use of materials –mostly fabric - is integral to the conceptual unfolding of SmartÕs work, as is the act of cutting, pining, staining and stitching).

Also on view: KENNETH TIN-KIN HUNG - The Travelogue of Dr. Brain Damages

Postmasters Gallery located at 459 West 19
th Street between 9 and 10 Avenues is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 – 6
Please contact Magdalena Sawon or Paulina Bebecka with questions and image requests