Faith47’s First NYC Solo Show Opens at Jonathan LeVine Gallery
The South African artist brings her existential symbolism indoors
Faith47’s work is a rare incantation of both the earthly and the transcendent. The South African artist’s approach, whether enveloping walls in public spaces all over the world or working on figurative paintings in her studio practice, is explorative. She seems to listen first and then respond—to the stories inherent in well-worn, city walls, to the found objects that cat call for creative rescue, to the stretched canvases prepped and patient in the studio.
In her first New York City solo show, opening this Thursday evening at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Faith47 has created a series of new paintings and shrine-like artworks. She celebrates the discarded as the sacred, the overlooked as the holy. The exhibition, Aqua Regalia – Chapter Two, is a continued exploration of the artist’s successful 2014 London exhibition of the same name.
In paint, ink, and graphite, Faith47 shapes images of animals and includes text and sacred geometry atop delicate collages that bloom from pages torn from books and magazine, vintage photos and other bits of ephemera collected in her travels.
Finding a harmony in the disparate, Aqua Regalia – Chapter Two questions the very power of the transformative gaze and restores value, and moreover, a connectedness to the forgotten and the everyday.
Aqua Regalia – Chapter Two opens on Thursday, November 19 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery (557C West 23rd Street, New York) and will be on display through December 19, 2015.