Looking at Jean Villamizars paintings, one senses a riff on a popular theme: the rejection of chauvinist imposed notions of feminine beauty by a woman who is comfortable in her own skin. It is also clear the artist has tired of jingle-brained pitchmen who use female imagery to sell everything under the sun, and she is whacking them where it hurts. I try to focus on the issue of media driven self-image women have to live with constantly, and to challenge viewers to think about what is beautiful and why, Villamizar explains. Goddess Lost, opening tonight at 7:30 at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, marks her first solo show and includes fifteen collage-and-acrylic-on-canvas paintings that celebrate Womens History Month. Villamizar makes a provocative statement with her shredded images of supermodels over which she has painted abstracted facial features of other femmes she considers strong and interesting. I want every woman to feel perfect, to realize Im good the way I am, the plucky artist adds. Call 305-673-4567, or visit www.mbcinema.com.
Thu., March 9