Power Walking - two person show at PUBLIC Gallery


Excerpt from press release:Through a new series of works created in dialogue, both artists explore themes of metamorphosis, gender and ritual that challenge and re-cast traditional power structures.


Nestler’s soft sculptures often take the form of clothing and accessories, highlighting the ways that gendered stereotypes play out on the body. Through reinterpreting loaded garments and objects into oversized soft sculptures and wall hangings that straddle humor, shame and pride, she instills an omnipotent feminine power into the iconic items she recreates. Her piece Leggings for a Satyr forms a whimsical dialogue with some of Glaessner’s figures, while emasculating the image of these sexual deviants who historically faced no consequences for their actions. In a nod to the artist’s ongoing Power Suit series, her all leather piece, The Hand that Feeds, offers a depiction of femininity gone too far; a hand reaching out from the wall with long white fingernails curling just above the floor, it celebrates an animalistic impracticality, taking ownership over its condition and rejecting a fate of objectification. 

Leggings for a Satyr
2019
Spandex, thread, batting, grommets, wood
Joan's Cuirass
2019
Neoprene, thread, leather, batting, wire mesh, rope, grommets
Joan's Cuirass, detail
2019
Joan's Sword and Saddlebags
2019
Neoprene, thread, leather, batting, polyfil, vinyl, foam, wire, wood, aluminum dowel
The Hand that Feeds
2019
Leather, thread, polyfil, wire, epoxy, wood, elastic
The Hand that Feeds Side View
2019
Leather, thread, polyfil, wire, epoxy, wood, elastic
Joan's Sword and Saddlebag detail
Joan's Sword and Saddlebags detail
Installation View
Installation View
Installation View
Installation View
2019
Installation View