An exhibition of paintings by Mare Vaccaro and mixed media by Jere Little will open Sunday, Sept. 8 at 12 12 Gallery.
A reception will be held for the artists from 2-5 p.m.
Vaccaro, who was born with a genetic disorder that leaves his body completely hairless, focuses on the female form in his art, and how women are pressured by society to adorn their bodies for the sake of beauty.
According to an artist statement released by the gallery, Vaccaro said that when women adorn their bodies “the standard of femininity leads to the creation of [a] persona that masks the true self and manipulates the world into believing that what it sees is real when it is not.”
His art in “The Gaze” uses “the deconstructed female form to question what is real, what is persona, and whether femininity can be redefined.
In “8mm,” Little combines the mediums of filmmaking, photography, mixed media and painting.
“The original pieces were created on 8mm movie film, projected and photographed,” Little said in a statement to the gallery. “If viewed as a movie, these images would pass by the eye in less than 2 seconds.”
The works of both artists will be on display through Sunday, Oct. 20.
12 12 Gallery is located at 0 East 4th Street #39, and can be reached at 804/301-6971. Gallery hours are Friday-Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.