Studio Voltaire presents a major new commission by American artist Judith Bernstein, reflecting on a prolific five decade-long career at the forefront of feminist activism and political injustice, her first solo presentation to take place in the UK. For this commission, the artist will conduct a production residency in the gallery, working on a new body of large-scale paintings and drawings.
Bernstein’s expressive practice embodies the psychological amalgamation of sex, violence and feminism, in varying orders and priorities. Birth of the Universe is a recent series of expressive paintings made using oil and fluorescent paint exploring the chaos, violence, and the nuclear explosion that was The Big Bang. She probes the origin of space, time, and infinity, using the rage of the “active cunt” as the primal source in the expanding universe. These paintings delve into issues regarding relationships and gender with a literal dialogue between the “active cunt” and the phallus.
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