For Immediate Release
April 2018

Karen A. Davie

What Alice Found There: Recent Paintings

March 27 - April 21, 2018

Reception: April 19, 6-8pm

In her show, What Alice Found There, Karen A. Davie paints shapes and characters from a realm that would enchant and bewilder Alice herself. What might the “Spectator” be marveling at in this fantastic world? Could it be the grandiose “Orator”, as he commands attention? While he pontificates, the mysterious statues of “EasterIsland” stay silent. We follow “Running Dogs”. Away from something? Toward something? And in “Horses”, what is out of reach? The reins of a runaway or the pink horse that is present at its side? Davie encounters these spectacles and renders them with her masterful and delightful use of color and form.

Look for echoes of early Lichtenstein in “Venus” and shades of Elizabeth Murray in Davie's palette and fanciful shapes. The pronouncement in “I Love Klee" is not only a proclamation of who the artist loves but also a reference point into a strange and magical place. After Alice travels through the looking glass, she renders what she finds. Likewise, Davie paints the marvels that she finds. In one painting, a form might reveal itself as one thing and then in a different painting as something else. The image of the “Conductor” haunts the “Figure Obscured By a Small Black Square”. The after-image of the “Conductor” is still there in “Figure With Three Pink Sticks”. The “Babe” metamorphoses into “Venus”. The result of these repeating motifs is a unified show of imagination and color. “I seek connections in my work, always hoping to find a pathway to my next painting. Sometimes I'm surprised to see that a shape has reappeared, like the pink conundrum reappearing as the head of the pink horse. And what's with the pink?!”

An adventure, indeed.

This is Karen A. Davie‘s second show at the Bowery gallery. She received her MFA from Yale University and attended the New York Studio School.

View of works in the exhibition here.

Gallery hours are 11am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, please contact the gallery at 646-230-6655 or info@bowerygallery.org

 

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