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Driscoll Babcock Galleries is pleased to present DROP DEAD G ORGEOUS\, the latest body of work by Marylyn Dintenfass\, whose brilliant c hromatic abstractions evolve to evoke a representational narrative about na ture’s fatally duplicitous markers. Dintenfass’ work has always embodied th e unease of “nothing is ever what is seems” in life\, and her newest canvas es draw their inspiration from some of nature’s most beautiful\, but danger ous plants. A focus of the show is the Angel’s Trumpet flower\, a ravishing and singular beauty of nature whose exquisite deadliness is iconic. Dinten fass’ vibrant abstractions of the Angel Trumpet’s shapes and forms conjure the plant’s stunning looks\, its siren-like allure\, and its toxicity.

“Dintenfass’ latest work reaffirms her position as a significant figure in the rich tradition of colorists who explore the potent and evocat ive union of representation and abstraction: figures like James Turrell\, R ichard Diebenkorn\, Mark Rothko\, Morris Louis\, Paul Klee\, Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin\, all of whom she continues to respect\,” remarks John Dri scoll\, President of Driscoll Babcock. Driscoll also pointed to the paintin gs’ “more overt sexual sensuousness in the metaphorical anatomical referenc es in which the dangerous and sinister flower forms conjure genital appenda ges and vaginal slits in pulsing colors.” Dintenfass has always loved the i nterplay of blessings and curses\, and in this new series of paintings she has increased the scale\, heightened the chromatic intensity and simplified the visual layering to produce a powerful and graphic visual.

Critic Lilly Wei has written that Dintenfass’ painting is “[l]ush but also astringent\, with a glittered coolness and reserve that offsets its heat…a bracing example of an experiential painting for the present\,” In this rem arkable group of new large scale paintings\, Dintenfass has surely found th e duality of the lush and the astringent\, the tantalizing and the toxic.
Dintenfass\, while not an inherent naturalist\, explores extrem e wilderness adventure as a visual and creative reboot from fine art\, to “ completely drain my visual reservoirs of everything extraneous and fill my senses with fresh colors\, shapes and forms\, textures\, light and shadows that renew and reenergize my creative vision\,” explains the artist. Riding white-water rapids on the Snake River\, heli-hiking on a remote mountain o f British Columbia\, trekking the depths of Bryce Canyon\, Dintenfass recog nizes the peril of chance encounters with venomous snakes\, predatory anima ls and toxic plants. She adds\, “Often\, the best interaction with nature i s through a plate glass window. In DROP DEAD GORGEOUS\, the lithe and beaut iful plants that serve as the subject won’t just make you sick\, but they a re lethal. They kill you.”

As in her previous work\, the symbo lic layering of intellectual and psychological themes is reinforced by figu ral layerings of transparent color and the removal of built up surfaces. DR OP DEAD GORGEOUS evokes literal and ephemeral interpretations\, reinforced by her method of paint application and removal\, where she unites hardedge painting with soft brushstrokes. Her transparent layers of oil paint and th e luminescence she achieves from her nuanced mixing of colors and navigatin g a gestural relationship between light\, line\, and chroma. Dintenfass’ ne w large-scale paintings include diptychs and triptychs\, amongst single-pan el paintings\, and as always\, metaphors of her own intricate relationship with visual reality and hidden duplicity.


ABOUT MARYLYN DINTENFASS
Marylyn Dintenfass is an internationally known artist who se work is found in major public\, corporate and private collections in Den mark\, England\, Israel\, Italy\, Japan and the United States. Among the in stitutions that have acquired her work are: The Metropolitan Museum of Art\ , The Cleveland Museum of Art\, Detroit Institute of Arts\, Museum of Fine Arts\, Houston\, Mississippi Museum of Art\, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her 2010 Parallel Park installatio n in Fort Myers\, Florida is one of the largest and most noteworthy public art projects of the last decade. A two-time MacDowell Fellow\, Dintenfass’ work has been widely reviewed and her 2011 Babcock Galleries exhibition was selected as one of the top 100 shows by Modern Painters.

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