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Pussy Panties and Boys Who Tuck


So we were coming back to the car, after having had some dim sum in Chinatown. We had found a parking place on Orchard St, a rare find because parking is scarce in that part of town. And we stumbled upon Strange Loop Gallery which was not open when we arrived.

The exhibition on view was named XX, for the 2 chromosomes that determine the female sex.

A feminist show this was not preachy but extremely funny. Styled a bit like a junk shop, and a bit like a hipster hangout, there were vintage references and suggestions of middle America.

The piece which I could not stop thinking about was titled “enhanceHER” by Tatiana Godoy. Ms. Godoy had designed panties in two shades of fleshtone: apricot and coffee. They came in sizes small, med, and large. Imprinted on the crotch was a hairless vagina. Now, I’m not in any way a connoisseur of female genitalia. They generally are the very last thing on my mind. But I returned to the show the next week set on purchasing a pair. I was told that they were all sold out. I have since found that they are being offered for sale online and I’ve placed an order for a pair in small apricot.

There is an underlying thread of sexuality and eroticism in the show as seen by the many nudes.

I also quite liked the photos of the young men with their penises tucked between their legs. They were all posed femininely except for one guy who looked like a boxer. I went through the list of artists and researched them online to determine who created these hysterical images. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to determine it, so if anyone know, please comment.

The show had a nice combination of kitsch, edginess, with some elegance, and some jarring unexpected styling. Gold and lavendar with a black and white checkerboard floor. Some of this I think may be how the space is regularly presented?

I dragged a friend in who is an art critic/curator. I don’t think she got it.

I can’t wait to see the next show at this gallery.

UPDATE: I received an email from one of the gallery owners that the photos of the images with the boys who tuck was done by Miguel Gesso.

Surprisingly, the gallerist took great offense by my review and asked me to remove the post. I don’t think that she understands that viewers bring they’re own baggage and infuse what they see with their own understanding. Given how inspired I was by seeing the show, I think that it’s more important that people see the review, and perhaps visit the gallery… or not.

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