February 18 – March 16, 2012
*Opening Reception: Saturday, February 18, 6 – 8pm
Artist talk at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Center on February 25 at 1:30pm.
WASHINGTON, DC – The inspiration for Jacqueline Levine’s work ranges from the imagery of Hieronymous Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights to the distorted scale and perspective in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Levine’s solo exhibition, The Temptation, will transform Flashpoint Gallery into an immersive installation.
Levine has developed a cast of characters that take the form of large-scale, figurative sculptures that derive their stylistic influences from primitivism to pop and surrealism to low-brow. Three main figures in the space will express individuality and happiness on one side and shadow and darkness on the other. The figures represent internal personalities while the faces mimic the fear we hide behind. Levine’s vibrant sense of color exaggerates each character’s expression and contrasts the black and white murals on the surrounding gallery walls.
Levine’s works are informed by her vivid dreams. Like the artist’s dreams, the works form a narrative, but remain ambiguous and sometimes frightening. The exhibition title, The Temptation, refers to the ease with which we are able to give in to personal fears. The artist enacts works of individual expression as a form of rebellion against these fears.
The artist will launch an app as part of the show to give viewers access to work beyond the physical gallery space. A small picture book featuring interactions between all the characters in the show will be given out to attendees at the opening reception.
Flashpoint Gallery • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
202.315.1310 or flashpointdc.org