The titular artwork in the Girls' Club's new exhibit, "I Think It's in My Head," is a neon-light piece by British artist Tracey Emin in which the title is scrawled with blue and hot-pink lettering, and then crossed out and rewritten. To guest curators Tasha and Monica Lopez de Victoria, a.k.a. the TM Sisters, the work suggests the artist is questioning her own mysteriousness.
As they began curating the show, opening Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale gallery, the TM Sisters sensed a strange magic "pushing off" from Emin's artwork and about 50 others. They culled the works from the private collection of Girls' Club owners Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz.
"I kept rounding back on Tracey Emin's phrase, which is probably more about what the artist is saying to herself," says Monica Lopez de Victoria, 32, the elder of the Miami siblings. "When they create art, they start wondering about it. They don't know if this art really makes sense, and is it supernatural or just in your brain? And I think, with our upbringing, that we were more aware of body energy, spiritual energy and the level of weirdness and communication between all these works."
The TM Sisters grew up throwing concerts, creating fanzines and VJ-ing for local nightclubs, gleaning a do-it-yourself ethic from their artist mother. Their dad, a psychotherapist who experimented using kinesiology and muscle testing on Tasha and Monica in their youths, inspired their interest in mining what they call the "levels of consciousness" in the new show's works.
Monica says she and Tasha, 30, found themes of psychology, supernatural mysteries, psychic power, telepathy and metamorphosis unifying the works in the show. Gregory Crewdson's nighttime photograph "Second Skin," for example, depicts a back yard and camper illuminated by a porchlight, and a woman standing on the grass, peeling strips of skin from her stomach. In the photo "Leonids Meteor," by Broward artist Samantha Salzinger, the meteor is actually a Styrofoam ball created in a diorama. In "134 Days and 21 Hours," by Hollywood painter Harumi Abe, a bridge connects a farmhouse across a vast ocean to a moss-covered cliff.
Other images are less supernatural. "Legs," by Broward photographer Tara Penick, freezes on a fleeting moment when a mother and child disappear around a hallway corner, showing only the departing housedress and the daughter's legs.
The TM Sisters have transformed the gallery, decorating the walls with purple streaks that dart diagonally from artwork to artwork and which Monica says symbolize mood and "consciousness." Monica says they plan to add installations to the gallery's exterior for opening night, including a video projection by Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez.
"We started our careers curating art in alternative spaces, concert venues and Jewish temples, and now it's coming full circle," says Monica, who recently wrapped the TM Sisters' solo show, "Prismavolt," at Miami's David Castillo Gallery. "The transition from artist to curator feels very natural to us."
I Think It's in My Head
When: Opens Sunday, Nov. 10
Where: Girls' Club, 117 NE Second St., Fort Lauderdale
Contact: 954-828-9151 or GirlsClubCollection.org