Brick Road -
Delaine Le Bas
on Girl examines a new sensibility in art. Made by girls and about
girls it makes a virtue of discontent, sexual disruptiveness and bad
manners. This work reclaims the girly and the slutty not in a riot
girl, feminist or woman in art way but with a cultural
celebration, that has both the shy and the brash as equal role models.
Think PJ Harvey, Frida Kahlo, The Slits, Karen Kilimnik, Artemisia
Gentileschi, Patti Smith, Meg White, think sense of conviction and
to hell with the consequences.
These girls know theyre smart, they dont have to justify
their romantic, sensitive, hesitant, angry, witty, dark, naïve,
quirky work they just make it. This show defines their new
aesthetic, its both honest and tongue in cheek and gives a barely
interested come on to any posturing males. Girl on Girl is above all
not about being nice.