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  • JESSICA LICHTENSTEIN

  • 24 spring st. new york, ny, 10012 212.965.9995

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    EXHIBITION: NOVEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 15, 2011

    JESSICA LICHTENSTEIN

    Extended until January 13, 2011

  • People are drawn to certain of the pieces--both men and women. The piece becomes a sort of Rorschach Test--and what people see are themselves, their fantasies, their aspirations and in the words of Shakespeare, the girls hold a mirror up to nature.

    Fascinated by the mass-production and fetishization of hyper-sexualized Japanese figurines, Lichtenstein manipulates the presentation and context of mass-produced anime dolls in order to imbue them with new associations and richer meanings. Originally lifeless figurines packaged alongside hundreds of identical toys, the dolls emerge from their boxes and are placed in real-world situations by the artist, from shopping, cooking or gardening, to looking at art or enjoying a cocktail. Each girl is given specifically Western accoutrements: designer shoes and bags, bottles of champagne, shelves of nail polishes, expensive Italian luggage, and chess pieces.

    Elaborating on her last exhibition, Lichtenstein moves a step further to create imagined landscapes, and expands her media to include graphic design, 3D text sculptures, light boxes and fabric.

  • The artist strives for the presentation of her work to echo her ideas - art should ultimately entertain. Lichtenstein reveals her playful nature with complex pieces that divulge their depth only with a closer look - a cherry tree image on a light box is actually a composite of X-rated sirens. The viewer is asked to re-examine the nature of enticement - are the accompanying phrases and speech bubbles amatory or garish? Each vignette in Lichtensteins installations is a slate upon which the viewer may consider his or her own notions of sexuality.

    Following her last exhibition at gallery nine5, Lichtenstein received much attention from international press. The artists work is already in some of the homes of the most important pop-art collectors, and held in private collections in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, New York, Palm Beach, Beverly Hills, Nice, London, Paris and Madrid. Most recently, Lichtenstein participated in and sold out her work at the SCOPE New York Art Show.

  • YumUV Printed on Acrylic, limited edition of 3 + 2AP45 x 81 1/2 x 2 in | 114.3 x 207 x 5.1 cm

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  • Yum - Installed

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  • Yum - Detail

  • BloomUV Printed on Acrylic, LED lights and stainless steel, limited edition of 3 + 2AP33 x 75 x 4 in | 84 x 190.5 x 10.3 cm

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  • Bloom, installed

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  • Bloom - Detail

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  • Princess ChairTwill fabric and purple painted wood43 3/4 x 37 x 31 in | 111 x 94 x 79 cm

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  • Princess Chair - Detail

  • Naughty by NatureInstallation of 20 pvc and resin figurines with mixed media on acrylic in plexiglass case37 1/2 x 59 1/2 x 7 in | 95.3 x 151.1 x 17.8 cm

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  • WarUV Printed on Acrylic, limited edition of 3 + 2AP45 x 91 x 4 1/4 | 114.3 x 231.1 x 10.7 cm

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  • War - Detail

  • Queen ChairTwill fabric and black painted wood 38 1/2 x 34 x 27 in | 97.8 x 86.3 x 68.6 cm

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  • Queen Chair - Detail

  • OOH LA LAInstallation of 15 pvc and resin figurines with mixed media on acrylic in plexiglass case37 1/2 x 59 1/2 x 7 1/4 in | 95 x 151 x 18.5 cm

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  • OOH LA LA - Detail

  • Innocent VixenInstallation of18 pvc/resin figurines and mixed media on acrylic with plexiglass case37 x 66 1/2 x 7 1/2 in | 94 x 168.9 x 19 cm

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  • Innocent Vixen - Detail

  • T.R.O.U.B.L.EInstallation of 15 pvc and resin figurines with mixed media on acrylic in plexiglass case37 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 7 1/4 in | 95 x 123 x 18.5 cm

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  • T.R.O.U.B.L.E - Detail

  • PlayUV Printed on Acrylic, limited edition of 3 + 2AP37 x 89 1/2 x 2 in | 94 x 227.3 x 5.1 cm

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  • Play - Installed

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  • Play - Detail

  • King Chair Twill fabric and white painted wood56 x 29 1/2 x 25 in | 142.3 x 74.9 x 63.5 cm

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  • King Chair - detail

  • LustUV Printed on Acrylic, limited edition of 3 + 2AP38 x 88 1/4 x 4 in | 96.5 x 221.5 x 10.2 cm

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  • Friday NightInstallation of 5 pvc and resin figurines with mixed media on acrylic in plexiglass case)11 1/2 x 59 x 7 1/2 in | 29 x 150 x 18.5 cm

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  • Lady LuxuryInstallation of 6 pvc and resin figurines with mixed media on acrylic in plexiglass case37 x 23 x 7 in | 94 x 58.4 x 17.8 cm

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  • Lady Luxury - Detail

  • Lady LeisureInstallation of 12 pvc and resin figurines with mixed media on acrylic in plexiglass case37 x 48 x 7 in | 94 x 121.9 x 17.8 cm

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  • Lady Leisure - Detail

  • 24 spring st. new york, ny, 10012212.965.9995

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  • PLAY - Jessica Lichtenstein - November 2011 - gallery nine5 - 24 Spring Street - New York, NY 10012 - 212.965.9995

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