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As this weekend is the last for “Nuclear Religion”, it’s time to give you a quick look at what is coming up next week!
The Red Thread: A Group Exhibition featuring Jennybird Alcantara, Bethany Marchman & Edith Lebeau
Somewhere between traditional techniques and the influence of contemporary pop culture, three women artists from the USA and Canada create strong women portraits. Whether in oil, acrylics, or as curious hand-made dolls that are reminiscent of characters created by Tim Burton, Strychnin Gallery’s August exhibition presents unique works of great expressive power.
“Mistress Mary” by Bethany Marchman
Bethany Marchman’s paintings quote from a rich variety of sources. Humorous as well as melancholic undertones enchant the viewer and encourage him to ponder meanings, for example whether growth is always synonymous with improvement. Marchman’s miniatures are highly political and the current state of affairs has long caught up with their traditional appearance. Yet Marchman’s works are also popular with pop culture enthusiasts: her works could recently be seen in the comedy hit “Juno” with Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner.
“Calm Before The Storm” (detail) by Jennybird Alcantara
“Forest Creature” – one of Jennybirds amazing hand-crafted dolls
Jennybird Alcantara’s oil paintings are mainly done on wood. Inspired by her own paintings, however, she also creates delicately crafted dolls. She says: “My work has at its core a narrative; I like to explore the complex interconnectedness of opposites as seen through the prism of myth, fable and fantasy. I use the symbolism of duality to explore the connection of life and death, as well as the relationship between the beauty and cruelness of nature, that of the natural world as well as human and animal nature.” Jennybird Alcantara‘s beautifully eerie dolls will be seen in Europe for the first time at Strychnin Gallery in Berlin.
“The Weakness” by Edith Lebeau
Edith Lebeau grew up in Beloeil, a little town of Quebec, Canada. As a young girl, her artistic development was influenced by a fascination with popular culture, Greek, Roman, and Celtic mythology, movies and fairytales – influences that continue to be seen in her work today. Lebeau mostly paints female figures, portraying them as superheroes, villains, goddesses, and nymphs, their look being the most important thing in her work: they tell their own story through their expressions and emotions. A certain ambiguity is intentional – Lebeau often blurs the story to encourage the audience to make it their own, letting the character question the viewer.
The show opens at 7pm, August 7th, and runs until August 30th at Strychnin Gallery: Boxhagener Str. 36, 10245 Berlin. Edith is flying over from Canada for the show, so drop in if you want to say “Hi”, find out more about her work, or just see the beautiful artwork and experience the atmosphere of a Strychnin opening!
For more information about all the pieces in “The Red Thread” visit the Strychnin website here.