The Murmur of Pearls
Corbett vs. Dempsey is pleased to announce the opening of The Murmur of Pearls, the gallery's second solo show with painter Gina Litherland.
The exhibition features 15 glorious new paintings and takes its title from Arthur Rimbaud, whose writings – along with those of Charles Baudelaire – constitute important points of reference for Litherland. The newest body of work includes several of Litherland's most ambitious and subtle pieces, some of them extending her fascination with circuses ("old, rural, itinerant circuses, like in Fellini's La Strada") and exploring a recent love of opera ("Don Giovanni, which struck me from start to finish as a magnificent nightmare, beginning with violence, sliding into comedy, with multiple dialogues overlapping each other, revealing the inner contradictory workings of each character, ending with the hero being dragged into hell!"). All the paintings are oil on masonite, exquisitely painted and often minutely detailed. A group of five small pieces are quicker and looser, with beautifully painterly backgrounds and solitary figures.