Angela Dufresne “Let’s Stay Together”

Monya Rowe Gallery

poster for Angela Dufresne “Let’s Stay Together”

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Angela Dufresne has been painting joyously perverse pictures for years now, in which anyone could fall in love with anyone, be it woman, pig, horse, deer, dog. In scenes that emerge from smears, skeins, spurts, and ‘splosions of color, people are on their way to a good time, and so long farewell to any square that gets in their way. The setting is pastoral, a letit- all-hang-out Eden, riffing on classical (male) masters such as Bierstadt and Courbet, two of Dufresne’s favorites. But here it’s another c(o)untry entirely, a queer domestic idyll where women (and the occasional pin-up man) hunt, frolic, fly-fish, heavy-pet, and every once in a while cut off a dude’s head. The funny thing about these, though, is that even when a scene has murderous under-currents, it’s with a celebratory consensuality. Blood is a body fluid that spurts and seeps like paint. So you lost your head: here’s a platter.

Dufresne’s paintings are performances of virtuosic brushwork that render a scene just-enough while also threatening to blow it all to pieces. Figures emerge and recede in whorls and blasts of juicy pigment. The paintings change the more you look at them, solidifying and dissipating, revealing details at first unseen. Delicious probably poisonous colors mix with rich earth tones to create an apocalyptic expressionism.

Dufresne often does talk about the end times like it’s something to look forward to. If it’s an inevitability, might as well prepare a feast. I think she squealed with glee in the movie theater when that planet Melancholia crashed into Lars Von Trier’s Earth. Fantasies about world endings are of course visions of new beginnings. In Dufresne’s world, human characters collide with animal features, genders mix and match—new hybrids repopulate a dead world (Painting?) that is dripping with feral color. It’s a grotesque world, larger than any life we know, but it’s never obscene. Pleasure takes center stage. It may be at times cruel but it also looks like the best party out-of-town.

- Geoff Chadsey, 2014, New York



from September 07, 2014 to November 02, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-09-07 from 18:00 to 20:00


Angela Dufresne

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