Ceres Gallery
547 West 27th Street, Suite 201
New York, NY 10001


February 1–26th, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011
6 - 9PM



"CONTROL", originally shown at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco in August 2009, showcased 94 works by 79 California women artists.

The exhibition will now be hosted at Ceres Gallery in February 2011, featuring 18 of the original artists.

Organized around the theme of control (or lack of it), the show explores the artists interpretation of all methods of control: internal, external, positive, negative, over life events and over technology, empowering or dehumanizing, politically correct— or not. This collection of work addresses many issues, including statements on war, politics, ethnicity, gender identity and stereotypes, domestic violence, religion, money and the environment.

CON·TROL - [kuh n-trohl] -trolled, -trol·ling, noun –verb
by Ruth Waters

"Control" is a loaded word, evoking both positive and negative images: in control, out of control, controlled, controllable, control freak, social control (etiquette), political control (censorship), and on and on. (you might want to cut it off here with a link that says "read more here") When "Control" as an exhibition theme was presented to the members of the Peninsula and South Bay chapters of the Women's Caucus for Art, nearly all of the women reacted and responded negatively. In discussion, members were able to find some positive connotations, but it took effort. Clearly women, and women artists in particular, respond to the concept of control as victims and feel vulnerable. This reaction is understandable.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines "control" as 1. To exercise authority or dominating influence over, direct, regulate; 2. To hold in restraint; to check. Roget's Thesaurus chimes in with "get control of, have control of, in control, under control, rule, sway, command, govern, boss, be master", and on and on. It seems fair to conclude that, by and large, "control" is masculine and "controlled" is feminine. This is clarified to some extent by quotations from GenderBabble by David Olive (Perigee Books, The Putnam Publishing Group, 1993)

We re-examined the theme and its "baggage" and concluded that the issue of control well merited exploration and representation by women artists, including the positive aspects: internal, external, involving people, space, process, materials, high tech, low tech, politically correct - or not. Control is central to the human experience, especially in urban environments. Artists are capable of presenting these issues in visual form, creating a public forum for action, reaction, and informed discussion.

Karen Gutfreund
Exhibition Coordinator




Arabella Decker

Eleanor Dickinson
Cosette Dudley
Yvonne Escalante
Angela Fortain
Cynthia Grilli
Karen Gutfreund
Elaine Jason
Judy Johnson-Williams
Louise Maloof
Yoko Mazza
Kim McCool Nelson
Joanne Beaule Ruggles
Centa Schumacher
Caroline Seckinger
Leigh Toldi
Ruth Waters
Corinne Whitaker
Tamara White


Show sponsored by WCA