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I Shew You a Mystery, 2008 Oil Stick on Paper, Framed Sheet 14 1/2 X 16 1/2" © Courtesy of the Artist and Rosamund Felsen Gallery
Irresistible Empire

1923 S. Santa Fe Ave.
#100
Los Angeles, CA 90021
June 5th, 2010 - July 3rd, 2010
Opening: June 5th, 2010 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.rosamundfelsen.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
downtown/east la
EMAIL:  
info@rosamundfelsen.com
PHONE:  
310-828-8488
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed-Sat 10-5; Sun 12-4
TAGS:  
sculpture

DESCRIPTION

Through a finely developed compositional acuity and a singular, fully-loaded line quality, Henderson manages to re-focus frames of human folly culled from the everyday and the eternal. Her anonymous, yet achingly-familiar characters cavort and cringe, sometimes through complex, cluttered landscapes, but more often in a theatrical void. Personal and political scandal, current and ancient wars, battles horrific and banal, all blend with a background of children's fairy tales and ancient myths. Religious doctrine and ritual swirl menacingly around exquisite and uncanny likenesses.


With these new oil stick drawings, figures are finding themselves shadowed by stains and smudges, visually abstracted and isolated even as they, "begin to function as a narrative element in themselves," as Henderson herself suggests. Slashes of color offer what may be redemption, or futile repentance.


A small group of sculptures seems to have sprung fully formed from this new set of drawings. Henderson's use of paper pulp, tar and tinted wax present an organic extension of her gestural narratives. The ship is listing perilously and the oily waters are rising and there is room in the lifeboats for only the rats.