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Jennifer Poon: Strange Blooms    Jan 5 - Feb 11, 2012

Jennifer Poon
Strange Blooms

January 5 – February 11, 2012
Opening reception with the Artist Jan. 5, 6 - 8 p.m.

Jennifer Poon’s lyrical and confident paint conveys the fragile nature of and the sensitive balance between our physical and spiritual selves. Conducted with a delicate hand, her dark, heavy subject matter becomes tractable enough for us to approach it, reflect on it, and digest its message. Poon’s solo exhibition “Strange Blooms” creates a provocative dialogue by juxtaposing her meticulous watercolors with her obsessively crafted fabric sculptures. Mining the relatable from both human and animal subjects, Poon’s studio practice is at once intellectual and emotional; she maximizes the feminine nature of her media while allowing it to express compelling and bleak themes. The Artist’s cut and sewn paper, gouache, and watercolor along with her densely stitched, stained, and sculpted fabrics entice the viewer’s enamored gaze.

Poon draws inspiration from the quotidian and extrapolates to the romantic, allowing the hidden layers of her work to quietly whisper their spatial and narrative depth. Like Dumas and Schiele before her, she builds her work around a fascination with the human form but takes into consideration the body as a physical anchor for emotions. Her tense and poetic technique permits the viewer to explore paradox within each piece: the elegant and the grotesque, the fragile and the jarring, the painstaking and the effortless. As with any modern era figurative painter who explores violence, ambiguity and irony, there is a trajectory of ideas descended from Goya, but Poon is adept at settling a contemporary effect on the human condition. The Artist’s intentionally undefined relationships create a cocktail of uncertainty, angst, and curiosity, establishing her place among art’s emotional provocateurs. This is the Artist’s third solo exhibition at the Gallery.

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