The (De)evolution of Karen

May 17, 2023
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The De(evolution) of Karen seeks to examine the fundamental question who is Karen? Loved, feared, and misunderstood in the public context, the ubiquitous Karen can be any woman, and every woman. How did Karen get here and what forces led her to a place of special privilege? (Or not?) Taking life (and the manager) by the balls, is Karen really a feminist icon in disguise, or, is she just a self entitled "bitch" that society heaps their spite on? By using terms like "bitch", "demanding", or "Karen", who or what are we really labelling, and how does it affect the treatment of women as a whole?  Is this racist and how do we confront these challenges?  Are we all just as entitled to her as she feels entitled to take the special attention that she feels she deserves? There are also the Karen's whose lives and names are now impacted by this moniker. Well-intentioned, women with emotions, empathy, and reason, The De(evolution) of Karen also seeks to place value on the women often overlooked or devalued due to her age, stereotyping, tropes, or otherwise.

We are seeking artwork from any medium that create a narrative of the "Karen women's experience" including Student, Emerging, Mid-Career, and/or Professional Artists.  Sculptural and 3D works are also welcomed to apply. Works can be edgy, political, kitschy, statement pieces, or humble works of art that explore the process of the aging artist. This show is non-exclusive to any gender.  

The (De)evolution of Karen is part 1 of 3 of the VCG summer exhibition series on reflecting the American experience.

The De(evolution) of Karen In-Person Opening Reception will be held Saturday, June 3rd.  Other special events may be planned throughout the month. Show ends July 9th.  

About the Gallery:

Vestige Concept Gallery specializes in curated monthly mixed exhibition opportunities that appeal to a diverse range of artists, audiences, and buyers. Located in Lawrenceville, the new cultural heart of Pittsburgh, PA, the Gallery seeks to showcase the best of emerging and professional artist talent from across North America, and sell work at affordable prices through promotions and in-person events.

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