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Venus of Fonda installed Koehnline Museum of Art

Artist’s Statement: Bodies by Design, Exercise and Diet are a means of refining our contours literally. Since the early 1980’s Jane Fonda has been a symbol of health, fitness and wellness, inspiring trends including leg warms and fitness tapes. As Fonda was being worshiped as the proverbial goddess of fitness and nutrition, it was well documented that she was struggling with Anorexia and Bulimia, low self esteem and poor body image.  Yet today she is still heralded an example of fitness for people now entering their elder years. A thin body does not a healthy person make neither in mind nor body.  The Venus of Fonda is a super sized reproduction of the Venus of Willendorf, made entirely out of Jane Fonda’s early diet and fitness books.  Dieting has been shown to increase the body’s natural ability to store to fat, slowing the metabolism, resulting in the opposite of the desired outcome.

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October 3rd Bodies by Design: Modification, Coercion and Resistance”

Every October Oakton Community College and the Koehnline Museum of Art sponsor an all women’s juried art exhibition.  This year was my second time taking part and I honestly have to say it is one of the best opportunities out there for women in the arts working on feminist art issues in their work.

Kathleen Carot the Coordinator of the show and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Oakton Community College has put together a fabulous program with this yearly exhibition.  Well funded and attended by throngs of students yearly, who are invited to engage with the artists at the opening with well thought out interview questions.  Each year not only do they put out a beautiful postcard for each artist to send out to their collectors, friends and family; but they also do a beautiful catalogue which is free to all the artists and to the people who attend the exhibition.  ( Did I say that there is also no entry fee or a hanging fee to submit work?  Truly a wonderful thing in these hard times.)

Artists from all over the world are free to enter, this year there was an artist from the Netherlands in attendance.  Sadly my real camera took a crap so until I can get those pictures off it my cell phone pictures will have to do for this update.

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“Bodies by Design” opening party tomorrow at Koehnline Museum of Art, Illinois, USA

The Venus of Fonda is in this Show…last year it was Falling Out All Over…it was lots and lots of fun…the opening! The students are great!

Gaby Berglund Cardenas

To read more about this juried exhibition on the Chicago Tribune please click below:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-12/news/ct-tl-oakton-female-art-exhibit-20130815_1_body-image-juried-art-exhibition-female-artists

Also visit my Facebook page for more photos tomorrow: https://www.facebook.com/GabyBerglundCardenas?ref=hl

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Weight Stigma Awareness Week – About

Weight Stigma Awareness Week – About.

Get involved…I’ve been about a bit out of it but it’s never too late to spread the word!

 

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Weight Stigma Awareness Week Almost Goes Unnoticed By Busy Lady Wearing Pajamas

Fierce, Freethinking Fatties

Exercise

While some writers have spent the entire week meticulously researching and formulating thought-provoking pieces to appear in their respective publications in honor of (or perhaps in response to) Weight Stigma Awareness Week, I had to be reminded and hit with the cattle prod several times by Shannon to even get me started.

You see, it’s not that I don’t care about these things, it’s just that I am the kind of idiot who remains forever blinded by the inborn refusal to deny my own awesomeness in a crisis.

Me? Stigmatized? No.

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Installing Diet Detour February 2013 at Whitdel Arts Detroit!!!

One of the great accomplishments of this year was getting accepting into the Anywhere Else But Here Installation Exhibition at Whitdel Arts in Detroit.

Diet Detour was the test run of the diet maze build concept and idea…we used both audio and smell components in the install and I have to say it was hugely successful. And to be completely honest, I’m not sure I would have had the guts to do it without my super D duper everyone should have their own…Amanda Nicole Rogers (nee Moyer) This is a short little video she put together of the incredible day long building process. And of course I need to thank all my little angel helpers, Luda and Vadim, Brett, Jeremy, Theresa, Amanda…all the staff, crew and volunteers at the gallery. Too much fun was had by all!

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What’s with the flurry of activity???

You are probably wondering why I’m posting like a mad woman today…well I’m at home sick with a cold, and figured I would try to catch up with some of my stuff.  I just got back from Chicago where I was delivering the Venus of Fonda, 2010 to the Koehnline Museum of Art, at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL for their upcoming women’s exhibition Bodies by Design: Modification, Coercion, and Resistance.

Not sure if it was lack of sleep or too much driving but somewhere along the line I managed to catch a cold.  So instead of sleeping…I thought I must update this blog…so much has happened and I haven’t written about any of it.

Anyways…This will be my second year in a row participating in the Women’s International Juried Exhibition at Koehnline.  I have to say that of all the shows I have been in there is something about this college and the museum that really makes this show one of my all time favorites…number 1.) they do not charge an admission fee for entry 2.) It’s not too far for someone in Michigan or St. Louis, Minnesota, or Wisconsin to drop off their work.  3.) It’s a beautiful exhibition space and a Museum to boot.  4.) They always put together a lovely catalogue and postcard.  Finally 5.) The school suggests that all artists in the show come to the opening…which is huge…students are required to look at the work and talk to the artists and it really makes for an exciting event.

Granted I don’t expect the same reception I got last year….this year I only have one of the Venus Sculptures in it…and sure she’s funny with the leg warmers and pictures and text…ADVANCED ABDOMINALS…meaning advanced exercises for those who bought the book for it’s intended purpose but in my piece…in a bit of a pun…it becomes…ADVANCED as in coming forward, bulging…or protruding….as in FAT ABS…It’s still not as dynamic an installation as Falling Out All Over which I entered last year.

I was inundated with student questions and interviews…I felt like a movie star…it was pretty awesome.  None of my fellow artists friends from the Chicago Chapter for the Women’s Caucus for Art could even get near me.  I was gloating….it’s really special when people especially young people feel enthusiastically about your work.  They are of course the people I hope to influence with my body positive message.  Anyways…back to posting some old but still relevant news and videos.

If you should find yourself in the area…please do come and see the show.  Opening on Thursday October 3rd and running until October 25th, 2013Image

Falling Out All Over 2012 Install at the Koehnline Museum of Art

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The Venus of Fonda: photo credit Patricia Izzo

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Panel Discussion at “Corpo”Realities March 22-23, 2013 Negotiating Normalcy

Negotiating Normalcy:

Panelists:
Krystal Cleary, PhD Student Gender Studies, IU
Jess Drew, MA Student Theatre&Drama, IU
Brenda Oelbaum, Independent Artist and MI Rep. TFAP

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