Photos: Lori Earley & Tara McPhersonJuxtapoz // Monday, 25 Feb 2008
Two of the most powerful women in the pop surrealism movement took up stakes at Jonathan Levine Gallery this past weekend at the place was smokin'. Tara McPherson and Lori Earley premiered their two-lady show with a selection of work that's just mind-boggling. Tara's show Lost Constellations filled the Levine's main hall with giant oil paintings that feature many of the characters in her rock posters. It's so easy to forget that Tara's talent as an artist lies well beyond the comic style that she is most known for. Many of the guests at Friday night's VIP preview took in a close view of the paintings and commented on how perfect her brush strokes are. Like Shag, her work is so pristine it looks as if it was virtually transferred on to the birch canvases.
Levine's annex offered a different view of McPherson's style. Inside the tiny room three giant fiberglass-resin skull flower statues stand guard, towering over the visitors. Around the perimeter of the room, nine Mr. Wiggles--big-eyed balloons--float amongst a sea of stars. The room is trippy, yet oh so cute.
Back to reality. Lori Earley's exhibit, aptly titled Fade to Gray, features a series of sketch-style graphite studies created for the exhibit. Each work is hung in an ornate white frame against flocked white wallpaper. Peppered throughout the room are a handful of new oil paintings--one model stunningly after artist Angie Mason.
Both Earley and McPherson were on hand at the preview show, mingling amongst other well-known artists including Ron English, Daze, and Mark Ryden. Both signed and sketched for fans as the place filled to the brim with critics, press, and buyers. The show runs until March 22.
For more information visit www.jonathanlevinegallery.com
Words and photos by George Koroneos.
Ron English, Tara McPherson, Mark Ryden
Tara hugs Lori as she walks through the door.
Mr. Wiggles by Tara McPherson
Everyone seems to make out at Jonathan Levine's
Lori Earley and Angie Mason
Close look at Weight of Water Part 2 by Tara McPherson
Leila by Lori Earley
Angie Mason poses next to Angela modeled after herself
Another Mr. Wiggles
Skull Flowers stood watch over the Wiggles
Frozen by Lori Earley
Drained by Lori Earley
Artist Michael Mararian
Tara and her proud father
Artist Molly Crabapple with her artist beau, Fred Harper
Artist Lisa Alisa and Michael Mararian
Artist Eric White and critic Carlo McCormick
Somewhere Under the Rainbow, peach by Tara McPherson
Close look at Lost Constellations by Tara McPherson
Lori with artists David Stoupakis and Aprella
Old school graffiti artist Daze
Standing in front of a wall of McPherson
Kissing a skull flower
Malena Seldin and Tara
Viewing Lori's Ms. V
The stars of the show