Gallery  October 29, 2018  Chandra Noyes

An Exhibition and Imperative: “VOTE FEMINIST”

Michele Pred Studio

Michele Pred, Black time's UP American Tourister, 2018, neon on vintage purse

Michele Pred Studio

Michele Pred, My Body My Business, 2018. Bullet Proof Vest, Electroluminescent Wire and Tapestry fabric.

Michele Pred’s latest show at Nancy Hoffman Gallery is part exhibition, part directive. VOTE FEMINIST is as much a collection of works by the conceptual performance artist as it is a call to action. The exhibition features political commentary in a range of media, including reenvisioned feminist voting booths, American flags made of bullets, riot shields and bullet-proof vests, and Pred’s vintage handbags emblazoned in glowing neon with feminist slogans like “Me Too” and  “Pussy Grabs Back.” The bags recently garnered attention when they were worn by celebrities at the 2018 Oscars.

Pred subverts mass-produced objects like handguns and handbags to critique gun and police violence in America, sexual assault, gender wage gaps, and racism. In December 2017 Pred curated the “Parade Against Against the Patriarchy” during Miami Art Week. For VOTE FEMINIST the artist will lead a parade on November 3. “Nevertheless We Vote: An Artist’s Call to the Polls” is presented in conjunction with The National Institute for Reproductive Health and Gun by Gun. Gathering in Washington Square Park and proceeding to Nancy Hoffman Gallery, the parade is a call to action for artists and a celebration of exercising our democratic duty.

Michele Pred, Red White and Black, 2016
Michele Pred Studio

Michele Pred, Red White and Black, 2016. Bullets, enamel, wood.

Michele Pred, Vote Feminist, 2018
Michele Pred Studio

Michele Pred, Vote Feminist, 2018. Vintage purse with electroluminescent wire.

Michele Pred, Power of the Purse: Wall, 2018
Michele Pred Studio

Michele Pred, Power of the Purse: Wall, 2018

A Swedish-American conceptual artist, Michele Pred works in sculpture, assemblage, and performance. She was recently included in the For Freedoms 50 State Billboard Initiative founded by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman.

Michele Pred Studio

Michele Pred for For Freedoms 50 State Billboard Initiative

VOTE FEMINIST will be on view at Nancy Hoffman Gallery through November 24.

About the Author

Chandra Noyes

Chandra is managing editor for Art & Object.