Opening Saturday, September 15, 2007
Susan Jamison: Trust in Me
Solo exhibition of new paintings in egg tempera on panel. In Trust in Me, Susan Jamison’s second solo exhibition at Irvine Contemporary, the artist presents a new series of egg tempera paintings that extend her signature approach to the female figure through provocative new imagery on dark tempera grounds. Jamison uses large-scale panels to depict fantasy worlds that appear both timeless and of our own moment. Jamison combines two classic forms: the portrait, in a traditional Renaissance profile position, and panels reminiscent of Audubon and naturalist illustration and Asian art forms. The exquisitely rendered details in the paintings evoke a magical realism that balances naturalism with strikingly original allegories of the feminine.
Courtney Jordan: Restructuring
Solo exhibition of new paintings and drawings on mylar.
For Restructuring, Courtney Jordan, who first exhibited with Irvine Contemporary in last year’s Introductions2 show, presents a new series of drawings in ink and graphite on mylar that reconceive architectural forms and structures from the human built environment. Jordan’s subtle but complex works employ recognizable details of built structures and urban industrial infrastructure that are encoded with social and emotional values. Indeed, Jordan has created a new poetics of architectural form.
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