Gracie Mansion Gallery
Opening Reception: Wednesday 24 March, 6 - 8 PM
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No Kidding: Visions of Childhood combines the work of 8 artists who investigate the illusions of innocence to reveal that not everything is child's play.
Jim Budman's elusive photograph of a baby in flight leaves us wondering. Has the baby been thrown or is she falling? Is she ecstatic or terrified? Is it real or staged?
Using transparent paper overlays to subvert his haunting images of troubled children, Jimi Dams weds a geometric minimalism with emotive figuration.
As a continuation of her "product paintings" Sally Davies' newest series of Beanie Baby paintings show us what happens when innocence and consumerism meet. While designed to be cute and cuddly, their collectible status renders them untouchable.
The purity of childhood is subverted in Jacques Flechemuller's portraits of children on the brink of middle age. His paintings reveal both the child inside the adult as well as the persona the child will assume in later life.
Stephen Lack's paintings of children reflect the ennui of the rich with an overlay of implied violence and sexual tension. There is something troubling underneath even the most innocent scenarios.
The latest sculpture by Ilona Malka Rich is both a dream and a nightmare. She has created a wildly colored, screaming, kicking sculpture of a baby complete with volume control and, most importantly, an "off" switch.
A new sinner is expected to join the ranks and David Sandlin, an expectant father, unabashedly uses the fodder of his life to create paintings that give you a front row view of the upcoming arrival.
In much the same way that our memories distort reality, Patrice Sullivan transforms the snapshots of her youth into dense, abstracted paintings that bring us in touch with the frailties of childhood.
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