Looking at artist John Petreys exhibita series of retro dresses beautifully sculpted out of refuse such as barn wood, bottle caps, shingles, twigs or splintered yardsticksnotions of form and femininity come to mind. Take a 50s-style dress fit for June Cleaver, composed entirely of bronze copper patina. It could be pure pop-art fun with a nostalgic twist, or it could be a statement on the eras strict limitations on gender roles. The Chattanooga (by way of Florida) sculptor says his work is inspired by the tensions of the Pollyanna days of his childhood in the 50s and 60sits influx of tidily resolved sitcoms, particularly their perfectly pressed female characters. In its own way, each of the 10 pieces here stirs up that troubling paradox of femininity: pristine, comely maternal shapes crafted out of industrially prickly surfaces that evoke both the fascism and comfort of impossible silhouettes.
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