Maxine Helfman : Confounding Expectation

I am so excited about our fall lineup and our first exhibition of the season, Confounding Expectation. The creative and talented Maxine Helfman has her first solo exhibition here at the gallery. This Friday night, September 12th is Maxine’s Artist Reception, and Saturday afternoon September 13th during the Funk Zone Art Walk Maxine will be taking questions about her process and ideas behind her stunning portraits.

(c) Maxine Helfman - White Satin Bow, from series Fabrications

(c) Maxine Helfman – White Satin Bow, from series Fabrications

 

MAXINE HELFMAN: Confounding Expectations

3 SEPTEMBER – 26 OCTOBER, 2014

Artist Reception – Friday September 12th, 6 to 8pm

Artist Talk – During the Funk Zone Art Walk Saturday September 13th, 2 to 3.30pm

wall space gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of gallery artist Maxine Helfman. In today’s climate of changing cultural and societal shifts, expected norms and ideals are all turned on their head with this extensive body of work challenging us to expand our boundaries of understanding.

Maxine Helfman’s work reinterprets classic portraiture, traditional ideas of esthetics and substance. In a collision of the unexpected, these images require the viewer to linger a little longer, to contemplate the ideas behind the work more deeply and question our sensibilities and presumptions of beauty, of our convictions and assumptions of gender, race and class.

(c) Maxine Helfman - Anin, from series Geisha.

(c) Maxine Helfman – Anin, from series Geisha.

 

Showcasing four unique series, the walls will be filled with arresting images to ponder and question. Fabrication discusses gender roles and identity. Boys between the ages of 8-12 wearing dresses, in an open display of their unique connection to the frock of their choice. Historical Correction takes classic Flemish Portraits and connects us to race, class and gender. Geisha talks of expectation, of subservience, where assumptions are made, questioned and left for us to answer. Maxine’s newest series, Summertime, reminds us of the lush southern landscape through incorporated object, yet her portraits engage us in the power and grace inherent of the women who are comfortable in their skin.

 

(c) Maxine Helfman - Butterfly, from series Summertime

(c) Maxine Helfman – Butterfly, from series Summertime

 

Join us for a weekend of photography events with Maxine. Stop in Friday night September 12th for Maxine’s Artist Reception. During the Funk Zone Art Walk on Saturday September 13th, Maxine will be in the gallery for a conversation about her images, and the creativity behind them.

 

(c) Maxine Helfman - Lace Front, from series Historical Correction

(c) Maxine Helfman – Lace Front, from series Historical Correction

About Maxine Helfman –

Maxine Helfman is self-taught, late bloomer. After spending years as a stylist and art director, Helfman realized her vision by getting behind the camera. She has since been shooting commercially for advertising and editorial clients, while pursuing personal projects. Her work has been recognized in PX3, IPA, Foto DC, Flash Forward Boston, Critical Mass, British Journal of Photography, Photo News, as well as the permanent collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Art Houston.

Contact Us.

For more information about the exhibition Confounding Expectations, Maxine Helfman, wall space gallery or any of our represented artists, please contact the gallery at 805.637.3898 or by email at gallery@wall-spacegallery.com

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