Hands Off My Cuntry

Undercurrent Projects, NYC, Jan 11-22, 2017

Dear Trump,

We are a group of artists concerned you and your administration will be dismantling some important laws when you take office on the 20th, especially a 43 year old one called Roe vs Wade. As you know, this law protects the welfare of women. It ensures the safety of women when they need help the most. Being a father of women we hope you understand the importance of keeping this law on the books when you take office and in the next 4 years. The last thing American women need is to fall behind in healthcare with no place to go for help. Defunding Planned Parenthood is not the answer. The last thing American women need is to go back in time to the back alley abortion and possibly die from not having proper care. The last thing we need is America to take a big step back. Going forward is the only way. In all honesty, we sympathize with your need for “pussy grabbin’ and we are sure you would enjoy this show since it involves a lot of pussy and grabbin’. In fact we welcome you to stop by and see the show for a much deeper appreciation on this matter. However, in the end it is a plea from us to you to keep your hands off our cuntry.

Thank you,
Mike Cockrill, Lapis Danado, Annique Delphine, Courtney Frances Fallon, Adam Handler, Jones the Savage, Morgan Jesse Lappin, Joanne Leah, Nikki Peck, John Phelan, Alexandra Rubinstein, Savannah Spirit, Undercurrent Projects and all people who believe in women's rights.

Thank You, Obama, by Alexandra Rubinstein, oil on panel, 2016

Thank you, Obama featured on "Real Time with Bill Maher"

Alexandra Rubinstein
is a Brooklyn based artist whose practice largely focuses on crushing the patriarchy and having fun with it! Her practice is centered on the female experience, drawing from her Russian upbringing and emersion into American culture. It explores how society and culture have shaped gender and intimacy, and hopes to inspire progress, empower women and engage everyone in the conversation. She often uses strong imagery and humor to connect to the audience. 

Rubinstein’s best known series, A Dream Come True, reflects on the lack of heterosexual female perspective in representation of sexuality in mainstream media and pornography, which reflect as well as shape the way we interact in real life. More literally, they depict male heart throbs eating pussy (taking it back, Trump!) from the women's point of view. Cunnilingus is censored in mainstream media, rated NC-17 in film, and is under-represented in pornography (compared to the slew of other 'categories'), which reiterates to the viewer that sex is about men and their pleasure. It's not! Aside from intent to saturate the market, the series is largely inspired by the lack of female-targeted pornography available on the internet or print. The title of each painting references the work of the male eating pussy, and gives the visual more narrative (women like a story!), while the point of view focuses on and eroticizes the male to better target its female audience.

Her other series, Thirsty combines paintings of models from vintage playgirls with wall-mounted bottle openers. Using naked studs to adorn a functional device while objectifying them further by placing the bottle openers over their genitals, the paintings mimic the typical decorative use of the female form, exercise the heterosexual female gaze, and ultimately reverse the role of the woman from object to consumer. The title of the series comes from the contemporary slang phrase often used to describe the eagerness of female desire, and together with the bottle opener’s function explores the changes in the way female sexuality is enacted and perceived - as louder and more aggressive than that of our mothers'. Selected spreads imply a literal and metaphorical "thirst", as well as represent some personal biases towards particular physical traits - boyish charm and mustaches.

The Pussy Power shirts are part of another project. The design comes from a series of poster-like paintings that use visual elements of past and present political propaganda and pop culture to focus on modern issues and to draw a connection between the personal and the political. Empowering women to take ownership of our bodies, treatment of our bodies, language around our bodies, and framing gender equality as patriotic. The shirts are an extension of the paintings, used to promote the message as well as mimic the spread of propaganda.

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