“A little Madness in the Spring”: Photographs by Aline Smithson and Amy Stevens
April 1–May 11, 2014
Reception – Friday, April 4, 6-8pm
wall space gallery ushers in the spring with an exhibition that playfully examines codes of femininity in lush visual style. Named after a line of poetry by that archetypal female intellectual, Emily Dickinson, ”A little Madness in the Spring” invites viewers to reflect on gendered composure, etiquette, and the allure of the fashioned object during the season celebrated for sensory profusion.
With Confections, Stevens pokes delicate fun at injunctions of feminine perfection, favoring instead a campy hilarity in the form of endearingly hideous cake decoration. In a witty addition to Smithson’s oeuvre, Spring Fever depicts young girls as old-fashioned ladies via ornate floral hats. An impeccable visual balance characteristic of Smithson’s work supports the knowing humor at the heart of this exhibition.
wall space gallery
116 East Yanonali Street C-1
Santa Barbara, CA 93101