This Sunday at noon in Addlestone library , senior Roberto Jones is curating an art showcase titled “The Contemporary Form,” meant to celebrate the androgynous form in a modern age. Jones described the show as an attempt “to go beyond the stereotypes of gender and [to focus] on how this figure has become accepted as a phenomenon in contemporary society.” The show is a culmination of Jones’ studies in art history, political science, and studio art aimed to elicit an emotional response from the audience about androgyny.
Presenting this show, Jones hopes to “raise the level of communication in regards to androgyny and sexuality” and foster a community between participants. The exhibition has works from current and past College of Charleston students, as well as artists from the Charleston area. It focuses on “an androgyny of mind,” or the collective conscience of gender-eschewing peoples.
The multimedia showcase features a film, photographs and illustrations and a life-size sculpture, as well as an interactive piece where the audience is “invited to reflect on their experience of androgyny.”
Jones chose the theme of the show as a response to a changing world where traditional standards are shifting away from being societal norms. He also wanted to approach the topic from an academic perspective, rather than a popular one. Jones drew the name from a mix between “the physical and the abstract when addressing androgynous figures,” where the form is the physical, and the current era it is grounded in is the abstract. By combining the two, Jones presents the form as an blend of perceptions of gender and the collective human psyche.
Artists who have submitted work to the show include: Derek Berry, Elsa Cousins, Laura Cox, Maria Figeroa, Lauren Kong, Madeline Little and Brandon Naples.
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