Michael Kohn Gallery is thrilled to announce the inauguration of Michael Kohn Projects, which proudly opens with an incredible pop-up exhibition of recent paintings by contemporary pop surrealist, Marion Peck. This special project space, which is located within blocks of the Michael Kohn Gallery, features eleven new works that highlight the artist’s talent for meticulously painted narrative imagery. This particular body of work explores solitary animal figures placed in various situations and often anthropomorphized to reflect human emotion and mental states. These luscious paintings play with the kitschy stylization of animals while underscoring Peck’s faithfulness to Northern Renaissance realism in her treatment of landscape, flora, and the particularly stoic expressions of her subject matter.
The influence and direct citation of Renaissance masters is evident in works such as Wabbit, a play on Albrecht Durer’s iconic watercolor drawing of a young hare. Juxtaposing the scientific exploration of the original German work of 1503 with Disney’s Bugs Bunny, Peck’s Wabbit and other renditions of furry fauna confound our expectations of naïve, innocent wildlife with knowing facial expressions and dark realism.
Following are a few images from the opening reception.
Michael Kohn Projects
Animals: Recent Paintings
Through April 27, 2013