Artist Jennifer Henry uses her current installation, Fêted, to revisit fashion as an art object, not wearable trend. What is striking is the division of color and monochrome on both gallery walls and gowns, and how fabric as vivid texture is sewn together with 80s post pop art color, a contrast with the far-away gaze of live models during the limited live performances.
"I definitely avoid comparing this to fashion," says Henry, whose past work as a connection to that industry was, in a way, just allowing others to understand the work for themselves. “I don’t know that I ever really was just about fashion. I think that was just kind of the easiest place ways to people to categorize me."
There is more to read in the work besides knowing who-are-you wearing.
"This centerpiece, two brightly lit hostesses on display in festive and billowing party gowns, isn’t a representation of feminine fantasy, but a visceral—and realized—portrayal of women’s existence and experience," wrote Leslie Ventura for "Las Vegas Weekly."
Fêted is also a way the former Brett Wesley Gallery tries on a new outfit. The space now renamed the Cube is an experimental lounge for artists like Henry, a thought leader shaping the local aesthetic through interdisciplinary practice.
Henry will have more to say about how Fêted worked as a live performance piece and installation at The Cube Friday, October 21, 2016 6-7pm I Facebook
Above: Krystal Ramirez “I Want to See More Brown Bodies” from 2017 will be reassembled at UNLV’s Barrick Museum of Art in Spring 2018.