SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery presents Boyfriend, an exhibition of recent drawings by
Larassa Kabel. The exhibition runs through March 23rd, with an opening reception on
February 28th, 6-8pm.
Boyfriend is an exhibition, which examines the paradigms of identity, sexuality, pleasure
and self-image within which women exist. Kabel’s photorealistic drawings feature
tightly cropped heads of women in what may be derived as a compromising and
submissive position. The figures in Kabel’s drawings are silenced and gaze longing at
the viewer. The imagery derived from online porn websites originally intended for the
male viewer is refigured to focus solely on the eyes of the subject, where we find little
emotion registered in their expression. The artist’s impeccable skill in drawing and
composition create a unique tension in the works that allow the viewer to linger and
contemplate the fate of the subjects. Her exquisitely rendered figures reflect the
careful examination of these social standards and the tension between power and
submission that ensues.