Judie Bamber
American, born 1961
REALLY? Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody,
Wilding Cran Gallery
Judie Bamber: Are You My Mother?,
Angles Gallery

Judie Bamber’s paintings, watercolors, and graphite drawings attempt to give voice to female pleasure, as well as grapple with her own family history. In a recent series, Bamber imagines the mother she never knew in a set of intimate images based on snapshots given to her by her father, who also served as the focus of an earlier series. In a suite of untitled works from the mid-1990s, Bamber painted photorealistic “portraits” of vaginas in extreme close-up and detail. The disembodied and highly confrontational genitalia play off her earlier public installation piece Tunnel of Love (1993), a plastic vagina sex toy, displayed on a satin-draped pedestal, that would periodically illuminate, giggle, and say “I love you” to passersby on Hollywood Boulevard.