Niagara - War Paint
444 W. Willis Street
Units 111 and 112
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Re:View Gallery is pleased to present “War Paint,” Niagara’s first solo exhibit in her hometown Detroit in over eight years. In War Paint, Niagara, co-founder of the seminal proto-punk art collective Destroy All Monsters, explores the roles of women during wartime, specifically World War II using her trademark comic panel narrative style with a unique mixture of color, attitude and wit.
Heavily influenced by her interest in war history and the leadership and charisma that entail this delicate dynamic of morality and destruction, the focus of this new body of work is not too far from Niagara’s previous mercenary femme fatales and beautiful miscreants whose femininity has never been an obstacle in wreaking havoc upon their enemies. The subjects in the current works are still speaking of power, beauty and violence, but this time in the “morally acceptable” theater of war.
In War Paint, Niagara also uses the war theme to make more subtle and personal references to our current state of affairs, as the world community struggles economically, politically and socially in various conflicts that question our behaviors and the future of our society.
War Paint is also Niagara’s first exhibit after Destroy All Monsters’ retrospective, “Return of the Repressed,” last November in Los Angeles, where her works were feature alongside works by Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, and Jim Shaw.