is pleased to announce its November exhibition titled Head
& Shoulders, featuring Jenny Dubnau's new paintings. In
the project room, we present video by Diana Shpungin and Nicole
Engelmann, and sculpture by Richard Stipl. While all three bodies
of work focus on the figure (specifically the head and shoulders),
each has a unique approach to the portrait.
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Dubnau's oil paintings nearly sculpt the flesh of her subjects.
Her loose, broad brush strokes examine the planar surfaces of the
figure’s face with all the blemishes and bumps of real life presented
with relish. The facial expressions range from bland to bored, either
staring at the viewer or simply presented in profile. By focusing
on the banality of the moment the artist acquiesces the individuality
of her subject to the universality of the human experience.
Jenny Dubnau's exhibition from September 2000)
of the World and Paradise of the Heart, 2002
oil paint, metal,
x 2.5" x 2" each
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the project room, Richard Stipl's small wax self-portraits grimace,
groan, grunt and smirk: illustrating the pleasure/pain of human existence
as inextricably linked.
in the project room, Diana Shpungin and Nicole Engelmann's collaborative
video, Smack, strips the figure of identity by presenting themselves
clothed in identical gray turtlenecks, the only obvious distinction
hair color. In this piece, as in other work, they walk a fine line
between playfulness and violence; ambiguous gender roles and sexuality;
humor and fear; subtly playing on the assumptions of the viewer.