Photos from the Opening Night of dirty Pink Art Exhibition, russafa

‘Dirty Pink’, a new exhibition curated by Tina McCallan, opened last night in Russafa. Bay is excited to be showing her paintings ‘Allegory’ and ‘Confession’ alongside work by twelve international women artists.

The exhibition will be open at Sporting Club Russafa every weekend until 31st July 2021.

With sincere thanks to photographer Rosie Mayell for the photographs of the opening inauguration below.

Bay Backner, pictured in front of her paintings Allegory and Confession, before the opening of the exhibition. Photo: Rosie Mayell
Curator Tina McCallan and friend, pictured in front of an installation by Emma Shapiro.
Installation view of the entry gallery.
All photos: Rosie Mayell

Bay Backner Exhibiting In ‘Dirty Pink’, Sporting Club Russafa, Valencia

Bay is delighted to be exhibiting in this summer’s collective show ‘Dirty Pink’ in Sporting Club Russafa, Valencia. The exhibition, curated by Tina McCallan is an exhibition of thirteen international women artists responding to the controversial colour pink. 

The exhibition opens on Friday 2nd July at 18.00 until 22.00 and will run until 31st July.

Themes of the Russafa art exhibition

Tina intends to pose important questions through the exhibition, including whether gender is a performance and the reality of a “feminine or feminist aesthetic”. As she explains,

“Over the centuries, society’s perception of the colour has changed, at times being considered feminine, erotic, kitsch, sophisticated or transgressive. 

According to Valerie Steele the author of Pink: the history of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colour, The 150-year-old notion of pink as synonymous with fragile femininity is being challenged. We’ve seen the rise of millennial pink as an ‘It’ hue, but also its appropriation by feminists around the world as a powerful, socio-political mark.”

Dirty Pink exhibition poster, July 2021

Participating Valencia and International Artists

The participating artists will address this ambiguity alongside their own individual styles and concerns:

  •  Perfection and imperfection, be it the mathematical perfection in the abstract works of Katrina Blannin who in, “Maximillian # 101 and 102”, bases her abstract works on the mathematical formulas of the Old Masters or the colour perfection of Caroline List, for example in, “Chromascape Scarlet Green” uses complimentary colour gradients to refer to Modernist abstraction and representational languages. Illusory perfection can be seen in the iridescent skin of Raimunda IV” by Josie McCoy whose uncannily realistic portraits of female celebrities give the viewer a sense of the “unheimlich”
  • The surface perfection of the blank canvas is physically attacked in the works by Marie Julou with glitter-sprinkled, scratched and pencil doodled oil paint. In “Glitter Circle” and “Sgraffiti Doodle 1” she mixes both “low” and “high” art materials on amateur canvases and, with tongue firmly in cheek, she seeks to challenge the modernist patriarchal hegemony while in Sandi Goodwin’s “Splash of Pink”, the energetic gestural strokes of colour almost burst out of the frame.
  • In Celia Kettle’sShot through the Heart” the circle operates as a metaphor for the individual with watery spheres breaking out of their boundaries and spilling out onto the white canvas like blood stains.
  •  Partly inspired by Magritte’s “The Lovers” as well as the judgement around women breastfeeding in public, Motherhood is tackled in Alex Baker’s graphically beautiful photos entitled, “This is Motherhood” of women breast feeding while Francesca Ricci’s subtly layered paintings entitled “In Utero are dotted with esoteric signs and symbols referring to the experience of maternity as an almost alchemical process.
  • Beauty, self-image, and identity are tackled in the work of Bay Backner with alien-like flesh-coloured floral forms in “Allegory”, threatening to obliterate the figure. Painted “Alla prima”, (wet into wet) these portraits are based on photos of the artist, the surfaces of which are then decorated with embroidered patterns.
Allegory painting by artist Bay Backner, oil paint and embroidery
Allegory by Bay Backner – exhibiting in Dirty Pink in Russafa this month.
  •  The fragmented and politicised female body is dealt with in Emma Shapiro’s “”Cuerpas”, video series.  Using old life modelling photos of herself, she cuts them up and reassembles them mixing heads, torsos, and legs then films them in an animated dance which resembles scientific flicker tests. In her “Nipple Wall”, visitors will be able to take a selfie in front of wallpaper printed with the nipples of hundreds of women, challenging the censorship around this part of the body.
  •  In Lauren Moffatt’s film loop entitled “Rose, coloured” in a futile attempt at control, the artist has painted in oil directly onto her image on the frames of a super 8 film with the effect that the acid in the paint dissolves and ultimately destroys the film.   K.L. Brown shows us, in “Sophie’s choice”, a photographic work of a discarded dolls house which aims to question the social structures around us and their effect on our psychological state while Ashley Davies’s painting hovers between abstraction and figuration in a liminal space influenced by her visual impairment questioning the certainty of perception.

Exhibition Times and Dates

Dirty Pink will inaugurate on Friday 2nd July at 18.00 until 22.00, and then be open to visitors on the dates below:

Saturday 3rd /10th/17th/24th/ July 11am -2pm

Bay Backner in reopening exhibition at Blacks London

Blacks London set to reopen on 17th May after Soho’s lengthy lockdown. The legendary private members’ club will show two paintings by Bay Backner, curated in a collective exhibition by Runway Gallery.

Blacks, Soho exhibition with Bay Backner – London from 17th May

The exhibition will present Bay’s pre-lockdown paintings, Delta and Shard. Here you can see the paintings hung alongside a piece by fellow Runway artist Barry Wilson. All the paintings are currently available through Runway Gallery in London and online.

We wish Blacks much love for a wonderful reopening.

Galeria Cuatro exhibition “Sexto Sentido” to show new large-scale embroidered painting by Bay Backner

Bay is showing new work in the latest exhibition at Valencia gallery Galería Cuatro. The show, Sexto Sentido, will open this Thursday, 29th January. Bay will debut her latest large-scale embroidered painting Blancanieves (Snow White), a 114×146 canvas which will be featured on this site after the exhibition opens.

Following current restrictions for Covid-19, there will be no traditional inauguration. The works can be viewed in person at the gallery between 10am and 6pm until 3rd March 2021.

Galería Cuatro’s director Miguel Castello was yesterday interviewed by newspaper Las Provincias. He discusses the challenges facing our city’s art scene and the importance of making galleries relevant for the younger generation. You can read the full interview in Las Provincias Culture here.

Galería Cuatro is a well-established and pioneering Valencian gallery, having opened its doors more than forty years ago in July 1980. Initially it was a parallel space to the historic Theo Gallery, concieved to support the work of emerging Valencian artists.

Some of the artists that Galería Cuatro supported in their early careers include important names like Francisco Lozano, Joaquín Michavila, José María Yturralde, Jordi Teixidor and Artur Heras.

The gallery overcame Spain’s 2008 economic crisis and is facing current challenges with innovative exhibitions and new artists. These are being led by Miguel Castillo’s son David, who has taken on the role of gallery curator.

Bay is delighted to be participating in the gallery’s program this year.

Galería Cuatro
Carrer de la Nau, 25, 46003 València, Valencia

Sexto Sentido
29/01 – 03/03
10am – 6pm daily

Group Show: “Flash Figures” at The RW Project, Valencia

Russafa Valencia Art Exhibition

Bay has been invited to exhibit in the group show “Flash Figures”, curated by artists Shapiro & Brown. The show will explore representations of the human body, and will be held in The RW Project space in Russafa, Valencia. Shapiro & Brown are the artists behind The Body Room installation piece, which will tour London in March. Flash Figures opens on 20 February 2020.

20 Feb ~ 20 Mar 2020