Monday, August 20, 2012

. Midnight Reverie .

Solo show 
' Midnight Reverie '
Opening reception September 8th 7~9pm

please contact the gallery directly for inquiry.
gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 11am~6pm

there will also be an exclusive print edition.
more info soon.

press release from the gallery:
NEW  YORK, NY (August 9, 2012) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce
Midnight Reverie, a series of new works by highly celebrated Los Angeles-based artist
Audrey Kawasaki, in what will be her second solo exhibition at the gallery.

Kawasaki’s work conveys the subtle intrigue and mystique of feminine sensuality through
contrasting themes of innocence and eroticism. She paints sultry, seductive female subjects
posed provocatively and often gazing suggestively at the viewer. Their graceful gestures,
delicate features and direct eye contact exudes a combination of melancholy and desire.

Kawasaki creates finely detailed imagery by applying thin washes of oil paint onto wooden
panels, accentuated by sharp organic lines drawn with control and precision, in graphite. The
natural wood grain adds a warm glow to her enigmatic subject matter, complementing the
curves and contours of the female form, flowing hair and floral adornments.

Midnight Reverie marks a new direction in Kawasaki’s imagery, in that—for the first time—
the works in this exhibition feature flat, graphic shapes, painted in layers of solid black
acrylic. Incorporating these dark, crisp, bold elements adds a stark contrast with the soft,
delicate quality of the artist’s signature female portraiture. Additionally, Kawasaki rendered
her figures and their environments in this series with much more vibrant hues as compared to
previous works in which she employed a subdued, muted color palette.

The subject matter in this exhibition has a surreal, whimsical, dream-like tone. In the artist’s
words: “Some of the pieces have windows, like passage-ways into another world, yet it can
also feel like limbo or static—wanting to walk through to the other side, but not being able to.
Others are deep in the make believe, magical, mystical realm. In these, the black parts
represent a void, emptiness or the unknown, yet they can also be something real and solid,
like holes or shadows.”

i will be showing along side talented Jeff Soto and Judith Supine!
excited for this show. :) :) :)