Visitors to the exhibition first experience a selection of Minter’s work from the '80s and early '90s, a time when the politics of feminist art were still informed by the singular mindset of the Women’s Liberation movement. In this uncompromising, anti-male atmosphere, Minter’s predilection for appropriating the seductive, male-appointed visual tactics of mass media were not welcomed. Minter found herself without a cohort: She was too much woman for the patriarchy and too vulgar for her female counterparts. However, isolation from her peers allowed Minter the freedom to commit to an uncensored exploration of the sensual.
The exhibition illuminates Minter’s foray into the techniques and visual language of mass media in works from her 100 Food Porn series, in which she replicates the erotic handlings of produce in food commercials. Minter’s esteemed films, such as Green Pink Caviar and Smash, are also on view. In these works, the artist mimics the saturated tones and slow-motion pace of fashion advertising, while simultaneously subverting the illusion of flawless beauty by refusing to mask the realities of the human body.
Throughout her work, Minter appropriates the glamor of consumer imagery with a skilled attention to detail. Confronting our culture’s love of the superficial, she forcefully surfaces its imperfections.
The exhibition is presented as part of SCAD deFINE ART 2020, the university’s annual program of exhibitions, lectures, and performances held Feb. 18–20 at locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia.