Storefront Art Studio invites you to the closing reception of GLITTER GUTZ on Saturday June 15th from 6:00 - 9:30 PM during ArtWalk. The exhibition features collodion photographs of Drag/Kings + Queens of South Florida by Helen Maurene Cooper and an installation by Rosemarie Romero aka PORN NAIL$ including her nail art/photography collaboration with Cooper called "Reinas Del Azucar". This collaboration is a tribute to Nail Art as symbols of feminine excess, exotic-otherness, pleasure, and cultural exchange combined with the fierce attitude of those who wear it by embracing Miami Rococo Aesthetics and the embodiment of radical chusmeria.
About the Artists:
Helen Maurene Cooper's work is driven by personal connection and building relationships with community. She is an artist who uses numerous photographic processes along with installation and publication to connect and build relationships, explore feminism, entrepreneurship, small economies, the power of adornment, and intimacy.
Since 2008, her worked has been focused on place- based exploration, specifically within beauty- centered communities in Chicago. Subjects have included custom made prom dresses, drag queen culture, and the specialty minority-owned nail businesses of Chicago’s west side.
She has received funding for exhibitions through the University of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Council of Eindhoven, Netherlands. Her work has been reviewed by the Chicago Tribune, New City, International Forum for Contemporary Visual Arts, New York Photo review, Temporary Art Review and Bust.com.
Her monograph, Paint & Polish, Cultural Economy and Visual Culture from the West Side, debuted in 2017 with an accompanying exhibition in the Netherlands.
Rosemarie Romero fuses tropi-camp performances, Miami kitsch, and performative paintings to critically celebrate Latinx identity, gender fluidity, sexuality, and feminine excess. Her current project, Porn Nail$™, is an interactive installation & performance project that functions as a mobile queer-feminist nail salon.. She constructs interactive spectacles and cultural exchanges that explore the aesthetic politics of gender, race, class, women's work and sexuality by wielding humor, nail polish, glitter, and flamboyant color. Clients are provided with manicures, gossip, intimacy, and friendship in exchange for juicy conversations about sex, love, and work specific to their locality. Using nail lacquer, embellishments, and collage elements, these nails function as a code for flaunting exotic-otherness, cultural hybridity, and shared assimilation into queerness through flamboyant color. Porn Nail$™ is a political-aesthetic expression of radical chusmeria - being too loud, too sexual, too queer - as a model for pleasure, empowerment, and feminist resistance.
ABOUT STOREFRONT ART STUDIO
Storefront Art Studio is an exhibition space in the heart of Downtown Hollywood, Florida and the working studios of local artists Jill Weisberg and Brian Gefen. It is a dedicated site for artists and creatives to showcase their work in an environment that melds seamlessly with the traditional architecture of Downtown Hollywood, while also being a rallying point for cultural events and vibrant social interaction.
The two open platforms that flank the entrance to Storefront are exhibition walls that can be viewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Once inside, viewers and visitors become a part of the exhibition, themselves, integrated into a dynamic community environment with locally-driven programming. Art exhibitions and events can be staged at Storefront, so please enquire with us below.
Hours are by appointment only.
Phone number: 954-546-0773.