Saturday, May 14, 2011

One and the Many, Many, Many

Best Friday the 13th ever! Last night was the opening for Jenny Morgan's fabulous show, One and the Many.

The almost surreal subjects of Jenny's paintings (many of whom were in attendance - in the flesh) gazed wistfully out at the excited attendees who stared right back, trying to determine exactly what the figures were saying with their eyes. Everyone was utterly blown away with the magnitude and subtle depth of Jenny's most recent body of work. Guests mingled and sipped one and many glasses of wine, but it was difficult to lose focus on the artwork itself.

It was great to see the art-hungry crowd and the look of pride on the artist's parents faces (they were visiting from Utah!).

Anyone look familiar?

We were able to see the models of the portraits right next to their painted depictions and realize just how talented an artist Jenny Morgan is.

Last night we unveiled a set of unique silkscreen prints (50 editions) of Mimic, which are available for purchase. They are beautifully printed on Canson printmaking paper and are available framed and unframed. Some of the editions were sold last night and they are continuing to head off to their new homes - so get one while you can!

We had a fantastic turnout (and so much fun!) and we'd like to thank everyone for coming. Make sure to RSVP for our monthly artist's dinner series, A Layered Menu, for an opportunity to have a scrumptious dinner with Jenny Morgan and hear about her artistic process and inspirations.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Jenny Morgan Press!!

For those of you who have not been watching my facebook page like a hawk, here is your chance to see and read up on all of the amazing press Jenny Morgan and "One and the Many" has received the last few days...

"Working with people from my own life as subject matter allows me to hone in on specifics of their character and present their personalities as I experience them."- Jenny Morgan, Village Voice article , 'ABOUT FACE: Capturing inner beauty one hair strand at a time,' by Araceli Cruz

"I do generally build up the figure in two coats and then sand specific areas. So I have to kind of wait and see what parts to paint according to what I sand, so it goes in different layers. But I do like to build it up and then just tear it down again."- Jenny Morgan for 'Inside the Artist's studio,' for L Magazine, by Benjamin Sutton...L Magazine's wonderful Benjamin Sutton did a feature article on Jenny in which he asks the artist about her specific processes where her titles come from, and what drives her scraping and sanding layers away. It's a really fantastic article, and online you get the full interview which gives such amazing insight to Jenny's work. Definitely a great read!

“This body of work finally had my undivided attention. I was able to work consistently everyday which allowed for this body of work to feel more like a family to me. They are all interconnected.” - Jenny Morgan for Milkmade. This super awesome website is run by the peeps over at Milkstudios in Chelsea; they feature written editorial and blog posts, exclusive photo commissions, cell phone content, and an interactive events calendar. Pretty cool stuff!

Current has re-posted Jenny's feature in this week's L Magazine on their home page!

And just to give ourselves our own little pat on the back, The Guardian included us in their New York City Guide naming us one of the top 10 best art galleries in Brooklyn and Queens! It is an honor to be listed with the Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, P.S. 1, and other greats!

"All things come out of the one, and the one out of all things."-Heraclitus

That's right folks, we are all connected within this big giant universe of ours, and you know what? This is GREAT news because who wouldn't want to be connected to the beautiful and incredibly talented Jenny Morgan? Or at least that is what you will be asking yourself when you attend the opening for Jenny's latest solo exhibition, "One and the Many," tomorrow from 6:30-9:00pm here at Like the Spice. Jenny's newest portraits are filled with life and spirit; stare at one long enough (it's difficult not to) and you honestly feel as though you may be communing with another soul. Through her work it seems that Jenny is able to facilitate these correspondences effortlessly, but we all know that it takes much more to finish a piece. Fragile layers upon layers of paint are laid down with care and then roughed away to create multiple dimensions of depth and color; this pushes and pulls the viewer and the subject from a present reality to a past one. Who are these people? Where do they come from? Why do I feel like the see me? And these are just a few of the questions you might have for Jenny when you see the hauntingly beautiful faces that make up "One and the Many."

"Reality cannot be found except in One single source, because of the interconnection of all things with one another." -Leibniz

Jenny Morgan: One and the Many May 13-June 19 2011
Opening Reception: Friday May 13th 6:30-9:00pm
Artist Dinner: Friday June 3rd 8pm RSVP only