Art Show: DIDiva & The Mirror Looks

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Art Show: DIDiva & The Mirror Looks

Postby Project Willow » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:09 am

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Detail: “It’s a Contest” Acrylic and pastel on paper, 80″ H x 144″ W, 2010

Press release:

Center on Contemporary Art Presents:
DIDiva & The Mirror Looks
New Work by Lynn Schirmer

Curator: Joseph C. Roberts

February 8 – March 6, 2011
Artist’s Reception, Thursday, February 10, 6 – 9 pm

CoCA Ballard, 6413 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
On View Weekdays 10 am – 5 pm, February 8 – March 6, 2011

Lynn Schirmer’s figures overlap, blend features, and braid limbs suggesting complex relationships and boundary conflicts. Her groupings hint at formative struggles frozen in motion in memory. Schirmer produces her flat work spontaneously and draws exclusively from interior sources. The result is psychological self-portraiture, thought form rendered corporeal.

DIDiva & The Mirror Looks is the second in a series of Schirmer’s exhibits carrying the DIDiva brand. DID stands for Dissociative Identity Disorder and Schirmer has the condition. DID was formerly and perhaps more commonly known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD).

Schirmer says: “DID is greatly misunderstood and overly sensationalized. Hollywood and the media are major culprits. A recent example is Showtime’s appalling The United States of Tara. I have seen editors of prestigious news outlets conflate DID with schizophrenia. The clinical community might be of assistance but complex political and social processes hamstring it and the disorder is unfairly labeled “controversial”. So the lay public remains woefully misinformed and anyone with the condition lives in unnecessary isolation or faces painful stigma. In answer to these outrages, I brought DIDiva to life.”

With her DIDiva activities, Schirmer joins the ranks of those who’ve “come out” as having the condition. Some notables include football player Hershal Walker, writer Matthew Branton, and former president of the Asia Society, Robert Oxnam.

Lynn Schirmer is a Seattle artist, activist, and web designer. She is the former Studio Coordinator and Curator of Corridor Gallery at the Tashiro Kaplan building. She exhibits nearly as frequently in New York as she does in Seattle. In 2010 she was awarded a certificate of merit from the New York State Assembly.

More information:
http://LynnSchirmer.com
http://DIDiva.com
http://cocaseattle.org

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Lynn Schirmer, Detail: “Bridge” Acrylic and pastel on paper, 72″ H x 108″ W, 2010
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Re: Art Show: DIDiva & The Mirror Looks

Postby barracuda » Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:32 am

Congratulations and well done, Willow. Wish I could see the show in person, but I'll be attending the opening in spirit.
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Re: Art Show: DIDiva & The Mirror Looks

Postby §ê¢rꆧ » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:29 am

This looks like it's going to be an awesome show! I wish I could make it, but Seattle is a little out of the budget in these dark days of January. I love the piece that you have extracted part of to use for your avatar the most I think (from what I see on your site), that one is really amazing.

Edited to add image, hope you don't mind PW.

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Re: Art Show: DIDiva & The Mirror Looks

Postby Project Willow » Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:29 am

Thank you both very much and I don't mind at all Secrets! Hope you are well.
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Re: Art Show: DIDiva & The Mirror Looks

Postby Col. Quisp » Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:37 pm

Congratulations! Looks like a great show
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Re: Art Show: DIDiva & The Mirror Looks

Postby Project Willow » Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:04 pm

Thanks Col. Q!
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Re: Art Show: DIDiva & The Mirror Looks

Postby Free » Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:07 pm

Cheers and best wishes for your show!

For those of us that can't make it to Seattle, would be great if you could post some art here as well.
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Re: Art Show: DIDiva & The Mirror Looks

Postby psynapz » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:51 pm

Congrats on this PW... How's the show going so far?
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Re: Art Show: DIDiva & The Mirror Looks

Postby Project Willow » Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:17 pm

Thanks Free. I will post pics.

Psynapz, just a minor hanging disaster yesterday, drawings falling off the walls, that is now righted and of course I had a few hours of being a stressed PITA, ehem, (I love you all). I'm looking forward to tapas and margaritas after the opening tomorrow night.
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Re: Art Show: DIDiva & The Mirror Looks

Postby alwyn » Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:14 am

hope it's going well, dear
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Re: Art Show: DIDiva & The Mirror Looks

Postby Project Willow » Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:38 pm

Here are some pics...

This the view from the facility...
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I had some time to sit before the opening, so I shot this sunset.

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An install shot.

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Opening night... these folks work for the Center on Contemporary Art.

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Opening crowd shot.

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My friends near a new piece, which surprisingly, they liked.

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"Bridge" acrylic, pastel on paper, 2010.

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"It's a Contest" acrylic, pastel on paper, 2010.

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"Poor Horsey" Oil on canvas, 2011.
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