Angela Dufresne, Pierre Knop, Frederik Næblerød, Penny Slinger, and Jay Stuckey

Worshipping Sticks and Stones

November 3 - December 8, 2018

Venus is in retrograde, in Lucifer, the morning star. The Moon connects with the Sun at 9:23 PM, the votive’s out. The Russians hacked my account, so while my data’s getting exorcised I head to the sperm bank for a little relaxation. The real opioid crisis is happening behind the church, it’s a vibrating little talisman promising me everything I want. ACCEPT. SUBMIT. The shrine razed, the stars aligned; the altar begat the pedestal, the exclusive kunsthaus now the temple of yore.

This autumn, Anat Ebgi presents Worshipping Sticks and Stones, a group exhibition featuring works by Angela Dufresne, Pierre Knop, Frederik Næblerød, Penny Slinger, and Jay Stuckey. The exhibition opens November 3 and runs through December 8 at Anat Ebgi, 2660 S La Cienega Blvd.  

Working across a range of media, these five artists summon existential desires in the contemporary void, focusing on collective memory alongside social and historical myths. Fashioned in the likeness of his oft-comical paintings, Jay Stuckey’s plush dolls come to life, slyly residing somewhere between confession and depraved spoof. Phases of color suggest unease in Angela Dufresne’s paintings, her oil canvases ripple with certain deviance, suggesting a Pre-Raphaelite, cinematic reverie of details and motion. No one form has a definite identity, Dufresne’s subjects are as loose and fluid as her painterly hand. This thread continues in Pierre Knop’s crayon, graphite and oil paint tableaus depicting figurative scenes of historical satire, made fantastical through earthy, exaggerated ironies. Based on archival images and public ceremonies, Knop’s converts political chaos into humorous anachronism. Frederik Næblerød offers grotesque commentary through raw, gestural paintings alongside a stoneware piece entitled, Four Seasons, each side a monstrous visage cast in 14 karat gold. Over a four decade career, Penny Slinger has established herself as a surrealist sorceress, sifting through the subconscious to create highly erotic and mystical experiences. Slinger’s sculptures, writing, and collage work celebrates the feminine, beckoning a pre-modern idolatry through ritualized incantations of the cosmos.

Please join us in this sacrifice.

 

Angela Dufresne, Pierre Knop, Frederik Næblerød, Penny Slinger, and Jay Stuckey

November 3 - December 8, 2018

Worshipping Sticks and Stones

EXHIBITION TEXT

Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Jay Stuckey
Baptism, 2017
Oil on canvas
44 x 60 inches
Jay Stuckey
Totem, 2018
Fabric and plush
22 x 8 x 9 inches
Jay Stuckey
Bathtub with Crow, 2018
Fabric and plush
15.5 x 14.5 x 8.5 inches
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Frederik Næblerød
The Four Seasons, 2018
14 karat gold glazed stoneware
10 x 15 x 13 inches
Frederik Næblerød
Sea Urchin, 2017
Glazed stoneware
12 x 15 x 13 inches
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Penny Slinger
Swan Lake, 1976-1977
Collage on board, framed
26 x 32.25 inches
Penny Slinger
Solstice, 1976-1977
Collage on board, framed
27.5 x 37 inches
Penny Slinger
Silver Cascade, 1976-1977
Collage on board, framed
36 x 26.5 inches
Penny Slinger
Gnostic Entrance, 1976-1977
Collage on board, framed
32 x 31.25 inches
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Pierre Knop
Suspicious Dance, 2018
Oil on canvas
56 x 45 inches
Pierre Knop
Pyre, 2018
Oil on canvas
73 x 57 inches
Pierre Knop
Knife in the Woods, 2018
Oil on canvas
56 x 48 inches
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Angela Dufresne
Hail Satan, 2017
Oil on canvas
15.75 x 10 inches
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Penny Slinger
Bird in a Gilded Cage, 1970/2013
Wooden box covered with plexiglass mirror, brass bars, photos, lifecast of artist's face
15.5 x 23 x 11.75 inches
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Pierre Knop
The Meat Market, 2018
Oil on canvas
47.5 x 33.5 inches
Angela Dufresne
Froth Dive, 2015
Oil on canvas
66 x 39 inches
Worshipping Sticks and Stones, Installation view, 2018
Frederik Næblerød
Stilleben (1), 2018
Oil on canvas
59 x 47.5 inches
Frederik Næblerød
Stilleben (2), 2018
Oil on canvas
59 x 47.5 inches
Frederik Næblerød
Stilleben (4), 2018
Oil on canvas
59 x 47.5 inches

EXHIBITION TEXT

Venus is in retrograde, in Lucifer, the morning star. The Moon connects with the Sun at 9:23 PM, the votive’s out. The Russians hacked my account, so while my data’s getting exorcised I head to the sperm bank for a little relaxation. The real opioid crisis is happening behind the church, it’s a vibrating little talisman promising me everything I want. ACCEPT. SUBMIT. The shrine razed, the stars aligned; the altar begat the pedestal, the exclusive kunsthaus now the temple of yore.

This autumn, Anat Ebgi presents Worshipping Sticks and Stones, a group exhibition featuring works by Angela Dufresne, Pierre Knop, Frederik Næblerød, Penny Slinger, and Jay Stuckey. The exhibition opens November 3 and runs through December 8 at Anat Ebgi, 2660 S La Cienega Blvd.  

Working across a range of media, these five artists summon existential desires in the contemporary void, focusing on collective memory alongside social and historical myths. Fashioned in the likeness of his oft-comical paintings, Jay Stuckey’s plush dolls come to life, slyly residing somewhere between confession and depraved spoof. Phases of color suggest unease in Angela Dufresne’s paintings, her oil canvases ripple with certain deviance, suggesting a Pre-Raphaelite, cinematic reverie of details and motion. No one form has a definite identity, Dufresne’s subjects are as loose and fluid as her painterly hand. This thread continues in Pierre Knop’s crayon, graphite and oil paint tableaus depicting figurative scenes of historical satire, made fantastical through earthy, exaggerated ironies. Based on archival images and public ceremonies, Knop’s converts political chaos into humorous anachronism. Frederik Næblerød offers grotesque commentary through raw, gestural paintings alongside a stoneware piece entitled, Four Seasons, each side a monstrous visage cast in 14 karat gold. Over a four decade career, Penny Slinger has established herself as a surrealist sorceress, sifting through the subconscious to create highly erotic and mystical experiences. Slinger’s sculptures, writing, and collage work celebrates the feminine, beckoning a pre-modern idolatry through ritualized incantations of the cosmos.

Please join us in this sacrifice.

 

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