May 06 — Jun 12, 2010
Featuring work by: Jennifer Levonian
Fleisher/Ollman is thrilled to present exhibitions by Jennifer Levonian and Anthony Campuzano, gallery artists who, using sharp wit, clever editing and the ability to tease out observations and connections between seemingly unrelated events, craft compelling narratives from the mundane, the extraordinary and that which is often overlooked.
Jennifer Levonian creates mesmerizing watercolor and cut-paper animations. Her short, personal works often feature a protagonist trying to break free from scripted scenarios, empty rituals and the routines of everyday life, while simultaneously engaging in a broader conversation about art, film and literature, referencing sources such as Alain Resnais' The Last Year at Marienbad and Eric Rohmer's The Bakery Girl of Monceau.
For her first solo show with Fleisher/Ollman, the artist debuts two new animations and a series of watercolors used in their making. Buffalo Milk Yogurt features a man who has a nervous breakdown in a gourmet supermarket while a naked woman practices yoga in a display of fall pumpkins. The piece is accompanied by an original soundtrack by Corey Fogel, a multimedia musician and performance artist based in Los Angeles. Her Slip is Showing uses the mundane ritual of a bridal shower to touch on gender roles, social awkwardness and evolving relationships. Her Slip is Showing features music by Nathan Parker Smith as well as text by poet Polly Pauley.
Jennifer Levonian's work has been screened and exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Sarah Lawrence College, New York; Exit Art, New York; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Colombus, OH; and ARCO, Madrid. The artist is currently featured in an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art entitled Live Cinema/Histories in Motion, on view through July 2010. Levonian received her BA from The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. In 2009, she was awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts.