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Curated by Poli Marichal

Sonya Fe, Candace Metzger, Deborah Kantner, Candice Lin, Barbara Carrasco,
Yolanda Gonzalez, Cristina Cardenas, Poli Marichal


Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10, 2007 from 7-11 pm

“There’s nothing more debauched than thinking.”
From the poem, An Opinion On The Question Of Pornography
by Wistawa Szymborska

The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present its new exhibit, “Beautiful Deceptions – Erotica by Women”, featuring paintings, sculpture and prints from eight LA artists: Sonya Fe, Candace Metzger, Deborah Kantner, Candice Lin, Barbara Carrasco, Yolanda Gonzalez, Cristina Cardenas, and Poli Marichal. Ambiguous, dark, sexy, and symbolic aspects of erotica are explored in unexpected and striking ways by the eight women artists in Beautiful Deceptions, that opens February 10, 2007 from 7pm to 10pm at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park. These women tricksters have conceived works that juggle with notions of sexual imagery in order to seduce and mesmerize, shock and impress the spectator:


Cristina Cárdenas creates exhilaratingly sensuous tableaux of tantalizing nudes painted on amate paper.


Sonya Fe’s strong works on canvas and paper unabashedly depict women who are in a trance of self-discovery and affirmation.

Yolanda Gonzalez expresses a sense of humor in her bondage/ dominatrix depictions on canvas.


Deborah Kantner’s tastefully sexy photographs celebrate women and female role-playing in the urban jungle.


Candice Lin’s meticulously crafted dioramas and video work expose dark and disturbing aspects of sexuality.


Candace Metzger creates charming combines that juxtapose symbols of control and desire.


Poli Marichal mixes fantasy and symbolism in dynamic paintings that explore erotic dreams.


Most of the pieces feature women being unashamedly erotic, gloriously free of any self-conscious prudery or uncertainty. It is curious to note that the male figure is, in many of the works, the absent object of desire. This is a show by women about women’s erotica that, nevertheless, caters to both sexes.


When: Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10, 2007 from 7-11 pm
Where: Avenue 50 Studio, Inc., 131 No. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042
Duration: February 10 through March 4, 2007