© Marsie, Emanuelle, Damon and Andrew Scharlatt, Hannah Wilke Collection & Archive, Los Angeles

Handle With Care, 1987
Diptych, Type C print
Left panel; 30 x 21-1/2 inches,
Right panel; 30 x 39 -1/2 inches
© Marsie, Emanuelle, Damon and Andrew Scharlatt, Hannah Wilke Collection & Archive, Los Angeles

Hannah Wilke
Advertisements For Living

"Hannah Wilke: Advertisements For Living", the second solo exhibition at SolwayJones of work from the Hannah Wilke Collection & Archive, Los Angeles, includes sculpture and photographic work from the 1970s and 80s that reveal the artist's exploration of language and personal relationships throughout her career.

The title work, "Advertisements for Living", 1966-84, is an installation of nine "Double Portraits," large-scale Cibachrome diptychs exhibited in New York in "Art & Ideology" at the New Museum in 1984 and in "Modes of Address: Language in Art Since 1960" at the Whitney Museum, downtown, in 1988. Each panel is a candid photograph of Wilke and/or a lover, friend or family member opposite an "abstract" image she photographed and superimposed with the name of a well-known male artist, critic, or philosopher. The panels have the appearance of billboards, the prominent male names in large text acting ironically as "Brand Names" that, although not obviously related to the human images, imbue them with the mystique of authority.

The diptych "I Object: Memoirs of a Sugar Giver", 1977-78, is a Performalist Self-Portrait with Richard Hamilton, photographed near Duchamp's home in Cadaques, Spain.

Wilke envisioned the images and superimposed text as the front and back covers of a book jacket for her proposed memoirs. The title can read as noun or verb, offering multiple interpretations including a comment on the objectification of the female body and Wilke's celebration of her own body in opposition to Salt Seller Duchamp's "Étant Donné" which she critiques in this work.

Also included in the exhibition, are "Atrophy", a unique work from the "So Help Me Hannah Series, Blonde Boy", a large diptych with a tape-recorded song written by Wilke, "Eventually" and other smaller photographs and posters, ceramic work in the "Generation Process Series", and several chewing gum sculpture pieces.

Exhibition: April 22 - May 20, 2006
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 11 am - 6 pm

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