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Jemima Kirke



March 21 - May 10, 2014
Opening Reception March 21, 6 - 8pm



"Platforms" by Jemima Kirke

A shared thematic perspective runs through Kirke's portraits. The sitters somehow embody - with their varied, often dour expressions - vulnerability, frustration and suppressed longing thinly disguised beneath cool faux-sophisticated facades. Empathy is the distinguishing feature, one that imbues them with both dignity and life. They exist in depth, not just as marks on the surface. It is impressive to see how effective Kirke has been in creating a mood as she transforms observation and insight into painted image. Part of her method is her attention to physical flaws, imperfections, which she describes as "part of our individuality". She abandons the traditional goal of rendering the subject "accurately" and aims for "capturing her presence in the room, her expressions, our relationship". This willingness to reinterpret the idea of "likeness" is an important element of Kirke's portraiture. Her work is about expressing individual human qualities and relationships. In this she succeeds, bringing along a welcome and refreshing shift of focus in current art trends.


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Kirke  Cadence, 2014, 26" x 40", oil on canvas
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Kirke  Sasha, 2014, 30'' x 25'', oil on canvas
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Kirke  Sarabeth, 2014, 21" x 17", oil on canvas
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Kirke  Rafa, 2014, 46" x 30", oil on canvas
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Kirke  Lena F, 2014, 30" x 30", oil on canvas
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Kirke  Elaine On Bed, 2014, 40" x 36", oil on canvas
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Kirke  Lola, 2012, 35" x 25", oil on canvas
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Kirke  Untitled (pregnant), 2010, 30" x 22", water color on paper
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Kirke  Self Portrait (Blue), 2010, 15" x 22", water color on paper