If you happen to be wandering around Chelsea looking for incredibly innovative and groundbreaking, conceptual realism, which will make your head spin…make sure you visit 525 West 25th Street and treat yourself to a Jenny Morgan exhibit at the Driscoll Babcock Gallery. This painter has the ability to over satisfy and stimulate your visual senses while tickling your curiosity with a sledgehammer. You will not simply walk out of the Driscoll Babcock Gallery and go on your merry way after viewing this solo show, you’ll be pondering it’s impact for days. I once had an art professor tell me, “If people are standing before your work, staring so quietly you can hear a pin drop, (in the art world) that’s a standing ovation…”
Corporeal but also ethereal, Jenny Morgan pushes the boundaries of figurative painting by exploring new ways of affecting her impeccably detailed images. Her haunting portraits are perfectly realized only to be annihilated; their surfaces sanded and stripped away to reveal physical and spiritual wounds of the flesh. By disturbing the surface of the canvas, she achieves a striking intensity and psychological depth in her work, breaking through the ideals of traditional portraiture and the preciousness of realism. In addition to self-portraits, Morgan often depicts people she knows personally, though not intimately, stating “If there is a spark of mystery to our relationship it leaves room for me to explore them on canvas.” Morgan’s deeply personal work examines the complexity of human relationships and awareness, providing the viewer a visual and conceptual window into the vulnerable multiplicities of the self.
Since 2012, Jenny Morgan has been exclusively represented by Driscoll Babcock Galleries. The gallery will present a solo exhibition of her work in Fall 2013. Morgan’s work has been exhibited nationwide and internationally in solo exhibitions at galleries in Brooklyn, NY and Denver, Colorado; and in numerous group exhibitions including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, D.C.; 92Y Tribeca and the Le Roy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University, both in New York, NY; and at galleries in Orlando, Florida; London, England; and Falun, Sweden. Additionally, Morgan has realized several portraiture commissions for the likes of The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine.
Born in Salt Lake City, UT, Jenny Morgan currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BA from the Rocky Mountain College School of Design in Lakewood, CO and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY.
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