FRANK-RATCHYE PROJECT SPACE - dani lopez

(for the bisexual dykes who lost all their lesbian friends after they fucked a guy), still from the tv show The Bisexual, 2019, Hand-embroidered sequins, imitation silk, thread, and interfacing, 36 in. x 18 in. Image is courtesy of lopez’s website

For the first month of the new year, we are showcasing Studio artist dani lopez in our Frank Ratchye Project Space. Inspired by Robin Campillo's 2017 film 120 Beats per Minute lopez’s masterly body of work seeks to illuminate queer womxn who often go unseen in history and mainstream media. The artist’s deliberate placement of vibrant sequins upon their black silky surface conveys faint traces of queer dancefloors and bodies. Referencing contemporary cinematography experiences such as Euphoria, 120 BPM, The Bisexual, and the San Junipero episode of Black Mirror.

“Visibility plays a large role within this particular body of work because I'm taking stills from movies and tv shows where there is minimal light and queer characters are only partially shown on the dancefloor. Queer womxn/Womnx of color (WOC) are historically left out of mainstream culture. As a queer WOC artist, I am trying to address this within this particular series, but also contending with the desire to not give everything away. Our bodies, stories, histories, experiences, and desires look different than the heteronormative examples in mainstream culture, which contributed to my more abstract approach with these works.” Read more about lopez’s process and work here. See DYKES ON THE DANCEFLOOR at Root Division Gallery January 9-30, 2020. Join us for the opening reception on January 11, 7-10pm.

Read more about lopez’s process and work here.

See DYKES ON THE DANCEFLOOR at Root Division Gallery January 9-30, 2020. Join us for the opening reception on January 11, 7-9pm.

 
More about dani lopez:
dani lopez is a textiles artist working within weaving and fiber sculpture to explore queer desire, femininity, and femme identity. She received her MFA in Textiles from California College of the Arts in 2019. Craft has become a process that serves as a physical manifestation of what longing feels like. Weaving at the loom, sewing, and embroidery act as a portal site to reimagine her closeted queer youth into an out loud one. Materiality plays a large role and these objects flirt with a campy, sad aesthetic. Pop music, lesbian bars, and pop culture serve as research for her practice. She was a finalist for the Barclay Simpson award and for the Headlands Graduate award. After spending most of her life living in Oregon and trying to get out, she now lives and works in Oakland, California with her Maine Coon mix cat, Trent.
 
 
The Frank-Ratchye Studio Artist Project Space provides a gallery for Root Division artists to connect and engage in dialogue around the work being made on site, and to exhibit their art to the public. The Project Space is located on our rear mezzanine, and is free and open to the public during gallery hours in conjunction with the current exhibition. This space is made possible with the generous support of Ed Frank and Sarah Ratchye.