St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Morean Arts Center presents two new exhibitions: The Restoration of the Stolen Lock and other New Hair-Inspired Works by Jono Vaughan and Hirsute: Artists do Hair, openings for both exhibitions are open to the public on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 5-8PM. Each of these shows feature artists who work with hair as a physical medium or subject matter from the glorious to the grotesque.
The Restoration of the Stolen Lock and other New Hair-Inspired Works is Jono Vaughan’s largest solo exhibition in the Tampa Bay area, most of it never seen before. Vaughan uses hair as a vehicle to investigate more complicated issues of gender and race. Vaughan’s work “reflects a real dichotomy present in (her) life between a desire for validation and a fear of exposure”, living as a transgender person. The show includes large-scale drawings, video, and prints, most of which are self-portraits. One of the more poignant series that is featured in the exhibition is The Restoration of the Stolen Lock, which chronologically document’s the loss and regrowth of Jono’s wife’s hair during her second battle with breast cancer.
Since 2009, Vaughan has been producing works focusing on hair and its role in gender and social indentity.The Restoration of the Stolen Lock will include the artist’s latest series, including large-scale drawings, paintings, video and printmaking.
“The local arts community will be amazed by the work shown in these two exhibitions, the discussions over social and gender issues are brought to the forefront in such a unique way.” stated Wayne David Atherholt, Executive Director of the Morean Arts Center. “The Morean’s exhibitions team continues to work very hard to bring talented artists to our area from around the US, contributing to the strength of St. Petersburg as one of the nation’s top arts destinations”, continued Atherholt.
Many artists across the country use hair as subject matter and medium, and the Morean Arts Center presents a cross section of them in order to complement Jono Vaughan’s work, this compilation is titled Hirsute: Artists Do Hair. There are local Bay Area artists present (Babs Reingold and Justin Nelson) but most of the artists included are from out of state, most of whom have never exhibited in the area including Petey Boy, Portland OR; Aisha Cousins, Brooklyn; Kate Kretz, Silver Spring, MD; Joseph D.R. O’Leary, Minneapolis; and Rabea Ballin, Houston.
“The subject of hair is something we all relate to.” stated Amanda Cooper, Curator of Exhibitions at the Morean Arts Center. “Here we address burly men with impressive facial hair, African-American hair extensions, the loss of hair as an indicator of age and motherhood, and girly, glamorous ‘dos. These artists use hair as a way to open up discussions about larger issues.” Cooper continued.
The Opening Night Party at the Morean Arts Center will be open to the public on Saturday, September 14 from 5-8 p.m.
The Morean Arts Center is open daily from 10a-5p and 12-5p on Sunday. Admission to all exhibits are FREE daily.
The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Arts Center for Clay.