September 17, 2018
Random Access Gallery Presents: FLESHY FRUIT
Work from Krista LaBella
September 28th-Oct 5th
Opening Reception: Friday September 28th, 5-8pm
Random Access is pleased to present Fleshy Fruit, a solo exhibition of photographic self portraits by Krista LaBella. Fleshy Fruit consists of digital and instant photographs of the artist’s nude buxom body from her I am Venus series and her new project Pearl Necklace and Other Objects. Channeling classical painting, porn culture, fertility figures, and fat fetishism, LaBella challenges traditional beauty ideals while exploring themes of control, desire and eroticism.
Ranging from contemporary odalisque selfies where she flaunts glitter stilettos to close-range snapshots of her pendulous breasts draped in pearls or covered in food, the artist objectifies herself on her terms-she is the confident authority of her own image. LaBella embraces the voluminous nude, indulgence, and sexuality through the use of her body as sculpture and as a canvas for sexually playful still life set-ups.
Krista LaBella received her BFA from Hartford Art School in 2010 and her MFA from Pratt Institute in 2014. She has been interviewed on Art Uncovered with Kimberly Ruth and is the recipient of an Upstart Award from the online women’s magazine Bustle, where she was recognized as an emerging female art-ist. Krista’s work was recently on display at the Attleboro Arts Museum where juror Alex Castro wrote, “Instead of reinforcing oppressive bodily standards, the artist compels us to recognize her majesty, and all within a setting that looks as casual as it does art-historical. Titian’s Venus never seemed this fierce." LaBella has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. She lives and maintains a studio in Brooklyn, NY.
Random Access Gallery’s exhibitions, performances, artist talks, and panel discussions offer a space for broadening the scope of interdisciplinary collaboration and experimentation in contemporary creative practices. Through dynamic curatorial initiatives and inclusivity, Random Access Gallery brings together local, national, and international artists for critical conversations. Random Access is located in the his-toric Smith Hall in Syracuse, New York and is funded through the generous contributions of Syracuse University's School of Art and CASP.
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May 19, 2018
Venus Altarpiece included in Museum Show
The uncensored version of my Venus Altarpiece is included in the juried group exhibition Three at Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA from June 14- July 13.
Venus Altarpiece is a triptych of three digital self portraits from the 2014 exhibition I am Venus.
Left panel: Seated Venus 2 (Boudoir Selfie), 24 x 36”
Center panel: Untitled Venus (Grand Odalisque Selfie), 26 x 38"
Right panel: Seated Venus 1 (Boudoir Selfie), 24 x 36"
For more information on the I am Venus series read here.
Update June 14, 2018
Venus Altarpiece won the Juror's Award. From Juror Alex Castro: “Instead of reinforcing oppressive bodily standards, the artist compels us to recognize her majesty, and all within a setting that looks as casual as it does art-historical. Titian’s Venus never seemed this fierce."
May 4, 2018
Hair Down There II and Fertility Venus Selfie included in juried group show
The uncensored version of: Fertility Venus (Red Couch Selfie) and Hair Down There III are both included in the group exhibition Celebrating Women at Location1980 in Costa Mesa, CA from May 4-May 26.
April 18, 2018
Interview on Art Uncovered podcast, BTR Today
Listen to me laugh while talking about art, the nude body, hair down there, and more on my interview with Kimberly Ruth for Art Uncovered. Click here for the interview.
April 11, 2018
Hair Down There VI included in juried group show
Artist book Hair Down There VI is included in the exhibition titled Millenial Show at K12 &TEJAS Gallery in Dayton, OH.
From K12 & TEJAS:
"Featuring emergening contemporary artists that were born between 1980-2000. The Millenial Show strives to feature artists that have grown up utilizing the internet and other digital technologies. By exhibiting a range of media, the gallery hopes to create an interesting range of visions, viewpoints, and styles created by contemporary millennial artists. On view April 6-28, 2018. Opening reception First Friday, April 6; 6:30-8:30pm"
March 1, 2018
Venus in VT
Awarded Artist Residency
I am thrilled to announce that I will be an Artist in Residence at Vermont Studio Center in August 2018. I have set up a findraising campaign to assist with residency fees and supplies. Be a patron of art- buy and donate by visiting my Venus in VT Fundraiser.
Her Pleasure, oil painting, 2012 becomes part of private collection
The oil painting Her Pleasure from the 2012 Vermont Studio Center series titled Her Pleasure has entered the collection of a private art collector in New York, NY.
Small Venus Sculpture included in juried group show
A ceramic Venus sculpture with fur interior is included in the Small Works exhibition at Lemonade Stand Gallery at The Studios of Key West in Key West, Florida.
Ceramic Sculptures featured at Bulletin Broads in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
I am participating in Bulletin Broads, a summer endeavor with other female artists and brands, partnered with Planned Parenthood NY. An array of ceramic sculptures will be on display and for sale at the storefront on Wythe Ave. Visit the website for more information.
Alumni Profile Featured on HAS Website
Please Visit Hartford Art School's website to see the full profile.
Platinum Palladium Venus Selfie included in juried group show
One of my Boudoir Venus Selfies in Platinum/Palladium is included in the Artist as Maker, Thinker, Feeler exhibition at the Cade Art Gallery at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland.
Two works included in group show at Hartford Art School
My art book, "Hair Down There III" and a small digital Red Couch Selfie are part of the Pink! Exhibition at Silpe Gallery in West Hartford, CT.
Krista LaBella Awarded Bustle Magazine's 2014 Upstart Award in Art
"Bustle’s Upstart Awards will showcase 13 young millennials who graduated in 2014 from high school, college, or graduate school, in categories including art, film, science, fashion, and social good. These individuals chosen by Bustle’s editors are making an impact in each of their industries, sometimes at their first job or a creative venture they’ve launched on their own. " - Bustle
-Bustle's First-Ever Upstart Awards Will Feature 2014 Grads Making an Impact
-The Upstart Awards: Celebrating 13 Young Millennials Making Waves, Bustle.com
-Bustle and Microsoft Celebrate the First Ever Upstart Awards
-A Woman's Thing, Bustle’s 2014 Upstart Awards
-Pratt Alumna Upstart Award Honoree, Pratt.edu, Class Notes
Fertility Venus 3 (Red Couch Selfie) (2014 inkjet print), included in group show
Arts & Culture Alliance Presents Knoxville Photo 2014
Cover Page Review of 2010 Solo Exhibition, "Oh My God, I think I'm a Feminist!"
hartfordinformer.com/2010/04/entertainm? Art School Student Analyzes Role of Women|
Solo recognition as a CT local artist
Hartford Courant: I towns
Mundane (2009 ironing board/ knives), Featured on Hartford Art School Website
-Sculpture Student Work, Hartfordartschool.org