Only Skin Deep
Ron Gershman and Sara Rytteke
This two-person show examines the media's depiction of "the model woman" and how it influences women's self perceptions. Giving a male and female perspective, both artists play with notions of beauty, glamour, and the signals that females receive on a daily basis from youth on.Ron Gershman
Sara Rytteke: You're Such a Doll
Rytteke focuses on the toys of girls' pastimes, such as paper dolls. By reinventing herself in the apparel of women throughout the decades, she calls attention to the extent that clothing and fashion trends sway female attitudes at an early age.
Ron Gershman: The Secret Lives of Mannequins
Gershman's mannequins elicit a double-take, as their lifelike resemblance reinforces the façade of perfection. A closer examination challenges our perception further when secrets are revealed to us through wry captions that accompany the photos. Cheeky as the secrets may be, Gershman is attacking the dangerous misconception that beautiful people live beautiful lives and exposing the tension between our striving for a personal identity and the forces that compel us to social conformity. Surrounded by mannequin-like models, reinforced by endless digital retouching, our society has come to accept these artificial constructs as real representations of people.