M. Flandia: A Newly Discovered Society of Strong Women and Helpful Men Opening Reception

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Date(s) - 11/19/2017
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

SPARC Gallery @ the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

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The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) is pleased to present the exhibition at SPARC Gallery, located at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce on Mission Street. M.Flandia: A Newly Discovered Society of Strong Women and Helpful Men. The South Pasadena curatorial design firm MICRONAUT organized the exhibition.

In this post-truth era comes a discovery so big, so unbelievable, it’s got to be true: an ancient society has recently been discovered in Southern California! Buried 12 meters (40 feet) below the surface in the Santa Rosa Island region, this rare and unprecedented archeological cache of pottery and sculpture has flummoxed the archeological community. Scientists debate the authenticity of this newly discovered society because of the apparent gender equality. But as native-California artist MF Dondelinger notes, it’s hard sometimes to get our minds around new concepts and images to understand their meanings. “What we need now is to be open to interpreting this unusual society. I think it requires a whole paradigm shift on how some early communities are interpreted.”

This agrarian, village-based society was called M.Flandia (Em-flan-dia), and questions arise not of its origin or time of existence, but its societal structure. Many are familiar with the classic Greek urns featuring athletic male bodies prancing across the surface. In M.Flandia, similar decorative artistic styles are employed; however, the imagery suggests strong female participation in society. Women are shown in active postures running, jumping, throwing and boxing. Fragments, as well as whole, intact pieces, are unearthed daily at M.Flandia and are organized and processed for continued research, public viewing and debate. Be one of the first to view this intriguing sampling of early-California history at South Pasadena Art Council Gallery!

Mary Frances Dondelinger was born in Auburn, California, and moved to the northwestern United States where she earned her B.A. degree from Seattle University in 1992. Over her career as an artist, she has won numerous awards in local and regional exhibitions and is represented in many public and private collections in the United States. Her work held a prominent space in the invitational exhibit GOLD in 2012 at the Belvedere Palace Museum in Vienna, Austria, curated by Thomas Zaunschirm. She observes the anxieties and motivations of humanity in the West through visual