“EVE OF DESTRUCTION” BY JEN RAY
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Jen Ray creates paintings, performances, and sound works celebrating female self-determination. Drawing inspiration and symbolism from a wide range of socio-political and cultural references, Jen Ray challenges static or reverential perceptions of feminism and encourages ongoing discussions about gender, intersectionality, and identity. The presentation Eve of Destruction features works of art that hint at the real perils women face every day... in many of the works, female figures are glamorously dressed in battle gear, and a flower encrusted porcelain axe hangs on the wall within easy reach of the warriors. Although the works are presented as fantasy, they symbolize real-world events and pressures. The exhibition continues the artist's interest and exploration of the cycles of destruction and re-invention on both a grand scale and on the personal side.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jen Ray (b. 1970, American) has spent the last several years living and working in Berlin, where she is represented by Wentrup gallery. Rayʼs work has been exhibited widely throughout Germany, including shows at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Kunstverein Kassel, and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Jen Rays drawings are militantly detailed filigrees of judicious line and color; the artist's hand enunciates sparring Amazonian women, who inhabit decaying, semi-surrealist and strangely beautiful wastelands. In addition to her works on paper, Ray orchestrates lavish and provocative performances in which the female protagonists of her drawings come to life.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
SOCO Gallery is a contemporary art space and bookshop based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The gallery provides a thoughtful platform for contemporary art to be experienced, discussed, and acquired. SOCO Gallery produces a range of exhibitions, and represents artists working locally, nationally, and internationally. The gallery specializes in assisting private collectors, institutions, and corporations to build their collections with museum-quality artworks from emerging to established artists.
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