John Tevis is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Elisabeth Kley, The Queen’s Feathers, from 7 March through 7 April, 2012.
The gallery will exhibit six hand-inked prints by Elisabeth Kley. These works are rubbed and printed on Japanese and Thai paper using a series of plates made from Styrofoam into which the artist has drawn, cut and gouged her images of peacocks. Kley’s interest in the spectacular costume of these male animals evolved from her interest in drag as an extreme transformation. Unfolding their tails, peacocks undergo a metamorphosis akin to that of a man who changes his everyday appearance to become a fabulously artificial version of a woman. Designed to theatrically accessorize the domestic interiors of a flamboyant world, the artist’s prints are made for fantasized homes that could belong to the aging dandies she has drawn for years, including Salvador Dali, Erté, Coco Chanel, Elsie de Wolfe, Jack Smith, Ethyl Eichelberger and Candy Darling.
The Queen’s Feathers is the Kley’s second one-person exhibition in Europe and the artist’s first with the gallery.