Monday, May 28, 2012

Ashley Laird's "Turning Back the C(l)ock"

"Arm Your Ovaries" graphite on paper

As Kansas devolves into something of a fundamentalist capitalocracy, artists are playing catch-up trying to communicate and critique its horror and absurdity. Ashley Jane Laird's new show at the Bourgeois Pig in Lawrence takes on the Legislature's attempts to roll back the rights of women, just shy of their right to vote it appears. 

Laird says in her artist statement -  
What year is it? Judging from the work of the Kansas Legislature, in regards to the rights of women, it could be 1960. This body of work was motivated (in part) by the ridiculous and absurd but deathly serious attempts of our elected officials to turn back the clock.

"Sunflower State" graphite on paper

The exhibition is up from now through June 25th at the Bourgeois Pig,  6 East 9th St., Lawrence, Kansas.

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