April 2005:

Get It Off Your Chest

Jurors, Christina Y. Smith & Joanna R. Roche

April 1st - May 1st, 2005

They mean so many different things to different people and for better or worse; they receive an inordinate amount of attention from both men and women. Get It Off Your Chest is about creating a discussion of attitudes and issues concerning breasts. The aim of the show is to explore the feelings of people toward their own breasts and to use the attention that this subject matter seems to draw automatically, in order to present a more varied view of breasts. To present a perspective that does not fit the stereotypes that are most often seen and heard in contemporary consumer society.


This exhibition seeks to give voice to points of view other than those advanced by Anheuser Busch and Clear Channel Communications. Whether it is Janet Jackson's pierced revelation or another lawsuit over botched plastic surgery. If it is about breasts, we all want to see.



Christina Y Smith is a fourth generation Californian who currently resides in the greater Los Angeles area. Her work has been recognized and supported by grants from the California State Arts Board; and the Western States Art Federation / National Endowment for the Arts. She has been published in One of A Kind; American Art Jewelry Today, Jewish Museums of the World, Twentieth Century Jewelry, Design Visions, Metalsmith, Ornament, American Craft and Architectural Digest magazine. Recently, her work has been included in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's exhibition Made In California and the accompanying book by the same name. Currently, Smith is an assistant professor of crafts at California State University, Fullerton.


Joanna R. Roche received her doctorate at the University of California at Los Angeles and has vast teaching experiences from the University of Colorado, the University of Southern California, and the University of California in Irvine. She published several articles on contemporary art including "Joseph Cornell's Poetics of Memory: Garden Center 44" and "Beyond Ornament: The Sculptural Body Art of Mary Ann Bransby." In addition, Roche served as the chair at the "The Ninth Annual Front Range Symposium in the History of Art," at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and will be the co-chair of "Notes on Collaboration: Twentieth Century Performance Strategies" at the College Art Associate in Atlanta in 2005. Currently, Roche is an assistant professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at California State University, Fullerton.


Press Mention:

Nippley Sweetness and Light,
OC Weekly, By Rebecca Schoenkopf, Thursday, Apr 14th 2005


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