When I last met Andrea Mary Marshall she had no eyebrows. This was January 2013. Andrea had a show up at the Allegra LaViola Gallery for which she’d shaved off her brows as part of her performance of Gia Condo, an alter ego inspired by Da Vinci’s fair foreheaded Mona Lisa. Two New York seasons later, Andrea’s eyebrows are back and on view, along with every other inch of Andrea’s self, at Anthem Wares, a boutique in Nolita, New York.
Kink is the title of Andrea Mary Marshall’s latest project. Anthem Wares’s owner Elizabeth Sayner, with curator Kristin Sancken, got Andrea, a self-portrait artist, together with designers Fleet Ilya, Zana Bayne, and Chromat to create a series of photographs and videos on fetish wear and performance. Andrea says that her self-portraits here, “represent a departure from my previous focus on the alter ego, instead they examine a more intimate and genuine sense of identity, ideals and aesthetics.” She says Kink reveals more of her.
The walls at Anthem Wares are covered in images of Andrea as feminist fetish reduxes of the Venus de Milo, Marilyn Monroe, Catwoman, and Lisa Lyon, a female body builder and favorite subject of Robert Mapplethorpe. The shop floor is full of kinky wares, some of which Andrea used in her art, from independent designers such as Fleet Ilya, Zana Bayne, Chromat, Bliss Lau, Maria Francesca Pepe, and Vibe Harslof.
Kink will be up at Anthem Wares (175 Mott St, New York) through July 21, 2013. This Thursday, July 11, Anthem Wares is hosting a special cocktail launch for Kink. RSVP at email@example.com.