Gina Litherland The Reason for the Unreason

May 17, 2013 - June 22, 2013

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Gina Litherland


The Reason for the Unreason (Don Quixote)
2012
oil on Masonite
20 x 16 inches

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In Bloom (for Marosa di Giorgio)
2012
oil on Masonite
14 x 11 inches

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Don Juan in the Underworld
2012
oil on Masonite
30 x 24 inches

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Lupercalia
2011
oil on Masonite
24 x 30 inches

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The Floppy Boot Stomp (for Don Van Vliet)
2012
oil on Masonite
30 x 24 inches

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Crossing an Iced-Over Stream
2011
oil on Masonite
29 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches

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Little Red Cap
2011
oil on Masonite
18 x 24 inches

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Seraphine
2013
oil on Masonite
20 x 16 inches

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After the Deluge
2013
oil on Masonite
10 x 8 inches

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Wolf Alice (for Angela Carter)
2011
oil on Masonite
12 x 9 inches

Installation view

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Retrospective Pleasures
2013
watercolor, gouache, pastel, and India ink on paper
9 x 12 inches

Gina Litherland

Imaginary Foreground
2013
watercolor, gouache, pastel, and India ink on paper
9 x 12 inches

Gina Litherland

Vernal Equinox
2013
watercolor, gouache, pastel, and India ink on paper
9 x 12 inches

Gina Litherland

Several Winds Sweep Down
2013
watercolor, gouache, pastel, and India ink on paper
9 x 12 inches

Press Release

Opening reception at the gallery Friday, May 17, 2013, from 5:00–8:00pm.

In her third solo exhibition at Corbett vs. Dempsey, Gina Litherland unveils an exemplary group of oil paintings, continuing in a magic realist vein, but introducing new and unexpected elements. Several of the works are larger in scale, still incredibly detailed and masterfully executed, but covering an expanse that allows for an intensification of the narrative component. In The Floppy Boot Stomp (For Don Van Vliet), for instance, the complex scene finds an upside down female fiddler floating over a burning boot in a cornfield, a farmer racing to the conflagration, where a goat with a human face (and a Beefheart-esque beard) glows in the light of the flame. Continuously inspired by literature, Litherland composes with great specificity, sometimes, as in the case of the title painting, The Reason for the Unreason, incorporating text directly into the work. Her painting Don Juan in the Underworld, inspired by Charles Baudelaire, features a boatman with a contemporary white t-shirt and tattoos, while ghostly women peer at Don Juan in the back of the boat, blade at rest, looking pensive, reflective. A 28-page catalog accompanies the exhibition, featuring an extensive essay by Uruguayan writer Natalia Font.


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