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December 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Gallery Talk with artist Bonny Leibowitz about the exhibition Plight of the Pleasure Pods featuring Donna Cozort, Ph. D., C. G. Jung Institute, the Jungian perspective.
January 4, noon - 5:00 pm, Closing of Pleasure Tempest
January 11, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Opening Reception for Margin of Indifference, paintings by Jay Hendrick and Heavens and Earths, photographs by Shawn Saumell
Januay 29, 2:00 - 9:00 pm, CADD Bus Tour, private preview of the Kiki Smith exhibition, Transformations, at UNT on the Square and reserved seating for an evening lecture by the artist.
February 15, CADD Event, Mystery Dinner Date
Bonny Leibowitz and Winter Rusiloski
Opening Reception November 23, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Exhibition Dates, November 23, 2013 – January 4, 2014
Pleasure Tempest is an exhibition combining two recent bodies of work by Bonny Leibowitz and Winter Rusiloski at Cohn Drennan Contemporary. Leibowitz presents her inaugural series of exclusively three-dimensional works of art in various media, Plight of the Pleasure Pods. And Rusiloski introduces her Tempest series of paintings that continue her persistent exercises of experiencing the spontaneity and physicality of oil on canvas.
Winter Rusiloski, Ahab’s Dream, 2013, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches
Winter Rusiloski’s Tempest series is heavily influenced by literary references. Greek mythology, Homer’s Iliad and Moby Dick by Melville are all subject to interpretation and examination by Rusiloslki. As Prospero’s power in Shakespeare’s The Tempest is knowledge derived from his books, Rusiloski imbues this series with a contemporary application of the eternal conflicts that inhabit classic literature, and with an energy that has been referenced in her earlier works such as Twins 2, and Atlantis Aurora.
Bonny Leibowitz, Justice for All, 2013, plaster, tree bark, acrylic, faux fur, hinge, metal and shellac, 14 x 34 x 10 inches
Bonny Leibowitz’ Plight of the Pleasure Pods has proven to be an unexpected shift for fans and followers of Leibowitz’ art and career, and this unanticipated event has generated divergent interpretations of this body of work. A Jungian explanation has stated that archetypes cannot be truly known, but we catch glimpses through images which take on symbolic significance when they become activated within our psyches. When this occurs, their dynamic energy fuels the different reactions, processes, and patterns that inspire and move us. Jungian psychologist Donna Cozort adds, “Sensuousness, pleasure and depth of experience are expounded in the Plight of the Pleasure Pods works. They suggest what Freud called the ‘Pleasure Principle’ which operates within the ego of all of us and can lead to pleasure and beauty as well as unhappiness and regret”.
From another perspective, a reading of “Justice for All can be viewed as a structural metaphor, or free and interpretative translation of the Ancient Roman figure of lustitia, or what we call the common figure of 'Blind Justice'.” Writer Lanny Quarles continues, “The notion of objectivity contained in that image; i.e., the vitrine somehow inversely echoes the blindfold but also points to the tragic consciousness at the root of irony.” The public is invited to join the discussion by attending the opening reception of Pleasure Tempest, November 23, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, or visit the exhibition during normal gallery hours.
Bonny Leibowitz, Assisted Living, 2013, burl wood, plaster, acrylic, petrified wood, medical cart and tubing, 52 x 17 x 15 inches
Bonny Leibowitz, Morning Hugs, 2013, plaster, wire, fiber, foam and acrylic, 3 x 7 x 8 inches
For more information about Pleasure Tempest or for more information about Cohn Drennan Contemporary, please go to www.cohndrennancontemporary.com or call 214.708.8051 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The gallery is located at 1107 Dragon, Dallas, TX and hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
paintings by Jay Hendrick
January 11 - February 15, 2014
Margin of Indifference, 2013, acrylic on cardboard, 20 x 19 inches
Heavens and Earths
photogrpas by Shawn Saumell
January 11 - February 15, 2014
Deserted, 2012, color photograph, 23 x 65 inches, edition of 5