Annie Blazejack and Geddes Levenson
June 2 through July 2, 2023
Opening reception: Friday June 2nd, 6-9pm
A Matter of Life and Death (Probably Death) is a painting show with a plot twist. It is a show about how truth shifts depending on your point of view. It’s a show about how both looking and knowing that you’re being looked at can be assertions of power.
The paintings imagine precarious choreographies between women and wild animals, perilous partnerships that only exist because they are frozen in paint. Saturated light splashes across nightscapes. Fluorescent colors and crisp lines contrast with mushy grays and muted hues. Portrait subjects look back with bravado – though the eye contact doesn’t always come from a human.
As we play out the performance of the gaze in a low-stakes arena, everyone is vulnerable, everyone is dangerous, and everyone is culpable.
Blazejack received her MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/ Tufts University, and Levenson received her MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
Notably, Blazejack and Levenson have installed solo shows at Anchorlight, Raleigh, NC; The Carrack, Durham, NC; The Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL; Placeholder Gallery, Miami, FL; and The White Page Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. They have also shown at The National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA; The Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; and Norte Maar Art Space, Brooklyn, NY.