In advance of the June wedding season, YoloArts and the Woodland Camera Forum are teaming up to present “Mess with the Dress,” a group exhibition at Gallery 625 all about reinventing, recycling and deconstructing that marital icon: the wedding dress.
The show opens Friday and features the photographs, fiber art, digital collages, mixed media, reinvented formal wear and assemblage of more than 20 artists, including visual art students from Inderkum High School in Sacramento.
Gallery 625 is in the County Administration Building, 625 Court St. in Woodland. An opening reception is planned from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, coinciding with Woodland’s downtown First Friday Art Walk.
Throughout the evening, professional photographer Tim Engle will be on hand with his innovative lighting and creative sets demonstrating his craft with a live model photo shoot. Clothing designers, photographers and hair and makeup artists are encouraged to bring their cameras to practice their own shots using Engle’s professional set.
Beginning at 7 p.m., a lecture by Pence Gallery director Natalie Nelson will cover the essentials of evaluating, selecting and caring for art.
Members of the Woodland Camera Forum have become involved in what is fast becoming a national phenomenon: photographing brides, mannequins and models in unusual settings, called “Trash The Dress” portrait sessions, where the revered wedding gown is “trashed” in water, mud or at grungy locations.
The appeal to the photographer is the juxtaposition of elements, and the decadence of ruining an expensive dress, which illustrates the once-in-a-lifetime significance of the gown.
Artists included in the show include Susan Lord Bovey, Rod Bradford, Marcia Cary, Betti Clark, Robin Fadtke, Alan Fishleder, Steve German, Sylvia Koelsch, Margaret Kronenberg, Barbetta Lockart, Marjie McWilliams, Felicia Montenegro, Ann Privateer, Marianne Ryan, Marguerite Schaffron and eight students from teacher Dino Gay’s design class at Inderkum High.
“Mess with the Dress” will be on exhibit through April 4. Regular gallery viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call YoloArts at (530) 406-4844 or visit yoloarts.org.