Intangible Beauty Part II: Go Out Alone and in the Dark
Exhibition of works by Marianna Rothen
Exhibition runs through November 1, 2014
Reception & Book Signing:
Friday, September 26
6:00 - 8:00 pm
This reception is in celebration of the release of Marianna Rothen's hardcover, Snow & Rose and Other Tales. Rothen's work is featured alongside other artists in an exhibition, Intangible Beauty: Beautiful Women and the Endless Void. The exhibition space is a collaborative home-like environment. Steven Kasher and Andi Potamkin are collaborating on a hybridized gallery-space that features photography among works in other media and objects d'art.
"Intangible Beauty," as Kasher's press for the event explains, explores the intrigue of Woman through a dialectic of remoteness and closeness. Glamour requires distance: the possibility of the ideal that leaves us room to dream. But in order to create desire, the images must ignite a spark of familiarity. In Vee Speers’s Bordello #21 a corseted woman pulls on her glove and there is a stillness in the potential of the moment before she looks up at the viewer. Perhaps she smiles and giggles or perhaps she is far beyond such girlish flirtation. That is the aching void that the viewer chooses how to fill. This distance allows her to be seductive without being grotesque, innocent without being righteous. The woman in Marianna Rothen’s Blondie series recognizes the viewer, playing and flirting between shadows in a fleeting moment that will last for always.
Rothen's work is illusive at every turn. Though it is often cinematic, with groups of images becoming at times loosely aligned, the storyline remains undefined. The works have a certain tone or visual haze to them that makes them both strange and sweet. Women are the images' muse. They too are in tune with the general ambiguity of the images- they are coy and playful, idyllic and disillusioned, distracted yet bashfully heroic. They women are full of contradictions. This is the tension-point that works to heighten our curiosity about the work and the figures within them.
Exhibition Press Release
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