Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Jenny Bird's "Treacherous Gardens"

Artist:Jenny Bird Alcantara
Gallery:Varnish Fine Art
Exhibition Title: Treacherous Gardens
Opening Reception: Friday, April 3, 2009 from 7-10 PM
Exhibition Dates: March 31, 2009 – May 9, 2009
Address: 77 Natoma Street, San Francisco, CA

Jenny Bird Your a San Francisco Favorite Because

You incorporate elaborate frames, which enhances the art are and is an aspect of presentation that I value
You use bold colors that grab our attention but don't overwhelm.
Your pieces contain a narrative that takes us to a wonderland only your imagination knows of
You convey the interconnectivity of humans/animals/nature through mismatching their physical appearance
You use the female beauty to present more than pure sexuality
You have a series of monotone paintings. The pink ones.
You are keeping at you technique and developing new bodies of work each year.

Exhibition Description

Jennybird Alcantara's Treacherous Gardens solo exhibit of paintings explores "the garden of the mind" and its vast, beautiful landscape filled with inherent pitfalls. Duality, water themes, dreams and nightmares figure prominently in this new series of detailed fantasies in oil and acrylic on panel. “I have always been a daydreamer,” says Jennybird, “and get many of my ideas during that state of semi-consciousness. My inspirations come from a wide variety of sources including fairytales and fables, mythology, the natural world and freaks of nature, melancholy…broken dolls and objects out of place.” With a narrative at its core, Alcantara’s minutely detailed paintings are filled with objects that possess un-borrowed symbolism contained within each piece and within the series. The artist’s love of animals and their instincts is seen and felt in her use of folklore and metaphor. Dual natures addressing the veils between human-animal, internal-external, and life-death embody the characters central to each painting. Treacherous Gardens will be on exhibit through May 9th.

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