Signund, 2006, oil on canvas 20 x16"
Barrett: The Secret Society
October 5 - October 30, 2007
Opening Reception SATURDAY: OCT. 13th 5- 7pm
October at the Howard Yezerski Gallery, Hannah Barrett pulls back
the curtain to reveal a Secret Society. The Secret Society suggests
an alternative to the 19th century we are familiar with from history
books. Instead of Gibson girls this world is peopled with hermaphrodites
and drag kings.
Since 2000 Barrett has been painting invented portraits that are
based on collages. Using sections from photographs or paintings,
she reassembles these various parts into a new figure of ambiguous
gender, pushing conventional male/female roles in portraiture.
Rather than fusing two known subjects to create a hybrid as she
has done in the past, the Secret Society hosts a group of totally
invented characters. Who these people are and the types of lives
they lead are revealed by their facial expressions, gestures,
and fashion. The painted details provide just enough information
to prompt our imaginations to fill in the rest of the characters
For further information please contact Alexis Dunfee at Howard
Yezerski Gallery 617.262.0550 Tuesday - Saturday 10-5:30pm