Visual and performance artist, fashion designer, musician and provocateur Lun*na Menoh will debut 15 acrylic on canvas paintings in the exhibit, A Ring Around the Collar, Musicians, beginning Thursday, June 3rd through July 1st at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station.
The opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 5th at the gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. C-1, Santa Monica.
An exhibition of “non-portraits,” A Ring Around the Collar, Musicians is a collection of re-interpreted, iconic images from popular music, featuring such famous artists as Johnny Rotten, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, James Brown, and David Bowie. In each painting, the subject is removed, leaving only the white collar where a famous neck and head once was.
Menoh collected more than 500 dirty white collars for more than a decade — from JC Penny to Yves Saint Laurent — as she explored the empty spaces where her famous heads once touched.
“Central to the impact of the work is the white collar itself, a highly charged cultural, social, economic and political signifier which Lun*na dismembers, neuters, and consequentially decontextualizes,” says a gallery spokesperson.
“By covering the canvases primarily in muted black and white paint, Lun*na pulls focus on the colored stains — the earthen toned ‘rings’ — lining each empty neck space. The soiled collar and the void the neck once occupied invoke both power and potential, simultaneously virile and vulnerable.”
Gallery hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Information, (310) 264-4678 or www.track16.com/.