THE SEXUAL BRONZE SHOW
Klowden Mann, los Angeles
Lora Reynolds gallery, Austin
Erotic heritage Museum, las Vegas
January 16–February 27, 2016
THE SEXUAL BRONZE SHOW is Hubby's second solo show with Klowden Mann. The exhibition presents bronze cast sculptures and found objects, bronze pairings on pedestals populated the front gallery, with photographs of those same pairings in various states of hanky-panky in the back. The content is determined by things one would get at the market, and the presentation, minimal with a nod to excess.
She says of this work: "I take my humor seriously. I focused intently and took a survey, then plunged deeply and engrossed myself into the grocery aisles to find these pairings and made monuments to my match-made couples' various proclivities. I honor their diversity and their freedom of expression. I bronzed their essence and photographed them in a white bed of light to reveal their true natures; they gleam with a confident appreciative post-coital sigh."
Lora Reynolds Gallery
November 19, 2016–January 21, 2017
Lora Reynolds is pleased to announce THE SEXUAL BRONZE SHOW, an exhibition of sculptures, photographs, and collages by Bettina Hubby—her first show at the gallery.
The sculptures are enigmatic pairs of items one might find at a grocery store—a fresh kiwi and a disposable BIC razor, a yam and a dispenser of dental floss. But each object has been cast in bronze and precisely patinated (permanently colored with chemicals and heat) to appear nearly identical to its referent.
Hubby also depicts each pair of objects in a pair of photographs. One picture shows the two objects as individuals, like lovers on opposite sides of a king-size bed. The second photograph shows the objects interacting with each other, revealing how they might behave behind closed doors. The razor shaves the fuzzy kiwi. The dental floss wraps tightly around a bulging, veiny yam. Hubby’s objects suggest body parts, kinky fantasies, adventurous sex, and gentle lovemaking.
Erotic Heritage Museum
July 2, 2018–January 2, 2019
Landing at the EHM for the next year (and we are so happy to have it) is the clever, provocative, and often hilarious, Bettina Hubby: THE SEXUAL BRONZE SHOW. As we all know, good sex, and a general positive adult attitude to our human intimacies comes from one’s ability to explore desires in many shapes, sizes and from a multitude of angles. Hubby’s show, celebrating the diversity of bodies and a body’s possible preferences is presented at the Erotic Heritage Museum for the first time, and reveals what we constantly champion…that sex can be many things and be got at many different ways, but it should always be pleasurable, fun, inventive and plentiful.
In this show, created and filled by Hubby, attendees get to experience a wide range of the artist’s sculpture, photographs and collages. For instance, one will find sculptures here where Hubby pairs a fresh kiwi and a disposable BIC razor, or a yam and a dispenser of dental floss…each object cast in bronze and precisely patinated. In her photos, she again pairs items, very often suggesting something wonderfully naughty given the size and shape of the items she compares. But more often than not, Hubby is looking to make one laugh as well, as she freely admits: “I take my humor seriously.”
Also, hung on our gallery walls by this artist are authentic grocery coupon advertisements. These are Hubby’s collages, where she sneaks in her own images and text into the everyday common ads we know all too well. For instances, a Ralph’s Grocery add for fresh food and low prices, presenting a pork roast at 50% off, has the added bubble caption, “Put the yum into the Extra Soft Trimmed Loin.” Nothing is off limits for Bettina Hubby’s wonderfully skewed bronzed view of the world.