Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jennybird Alcantara

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"I have always been a daydreamer and get many of my ideas during that state of semi-consciousness. My inspiration comes from a wide variety of sources including fthe natural world and freaks of nature, melancholy trips down memory lane and discoveries made there, classical music, oddities, Victorian fashion, old medical book illustrations, costuming, creepy religious statues, carnivals, broken dolls and objects out of place." Jennybird Alcantara

Please join us, and our special guest Jennybird Alcantara for an opening reception to be held at AFA in SoHo on October 19th, from 6-8PM. The exhibition includes a collection of nearly 50 original works: oil paintings, works on paper and mixed-media dolls.  The exhibition runs from October 16th through November 15th.

The gallery is located at 54 Greene Street in SoHo 
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-7pm / Sundays, 11am-6pm
More information: 212.226.7374 | info@afanyc.com

   

In "Curious Nature", Alcantara uses the symbolism of duality to explore the connection between life and death, as well as the beauty and cruelness of natural things, including landscape, animals and humans. The exhibition coincides with a feature story on the Artist in Hi-Fructose Magazine's October 2013 issue. 

While the majority of this exhibition consists of oil paintings on wood, it also includes sculptures of unique dolls inspired by Alcantara's works on paper. Her creations have been described as morbidly romantic, and connected via a dreamlike narrative. Through her paintings, she contemplates the complex interconnectedness of opposites as seen through the prism of myth, fable and fantasy. The anthropomorphic qualities in her characters show the relationship of the central figure to the world she inhabits. The show's featured piece, 'The Curious Nature of Extraordinary Beings', is the largest in the collection, measuring 56 x 72 unframed.

Alcantara lives in San Francisco, and received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited broadly in the US and Europe and published in many publications including: Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, Raw Vision, and Art Doll Quarterly. A collection of her work is compiled in a book entitled "Creatures of Saintly Disguise".


The Curious Nature of Extraordinary Beings, 56x72
Untitled doll, 10x27
Artwork © Jennybird Alcantara
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