Sunday, January 25, 2015

LEN JENKIN: FIRE OVER WATER


"I Didn't Hear Nobody Pray"

Artists are suggested to me often and I try to make a point to follow through with researching them even though most of the time I know going in that it probably won't be a good fit for my gallery. It's a real specific thing I'm looking for, although articulating exactly what that is an elusive endeavor since I don't categorize what type of work I want to show. I just know it when I see it. But when artist/musician Art Rosenbaum suggests you have a show with his old friend from New York City, who not only holds a PhD in American Literature from Columbia University but is also a professor in the Dramatic Writing Department at the Trish School of the Arts at New York University, you most definitely follow through. Much more impressive to me than the academic credentials was the fact that they were in the completely wrong field. Why was Art Rosenbaum suggesting an Emmy nominated playwright and novelist to have a show at my gallery?

So, I went to his website and checked out his work. The very first painting I saw was of a raging sea storm tossing around a wooden ship that carried among its strange melange of passengers, a wheelchair bound man firing a machine gun. I was intrigued. Two jesters, one white and one black, engage in a ferocious knife/hatchet fight. Lovers and a possum stand near. The boat is encircled by four, open-mouthed, candy apple red sharks, one of which is a hammerhead. 
Oh, yes, this was definitely going to work.

"Ship of Fools/Hurricane Sandy 2012"


Len Jenkin is a visual artist who's also a playwright, screen writer and novelist. His work is influenced by a career in storytelling, stage design, and directing. The paintings are mysterious narratives, the stories hidden and obvious at once, shadowy, strange and ambiguous. They often include language as well as images. He is a painter of internal landscapes, of the imagination, and of the Amercian scene.

"At The Door of the Law"


Len Jenkin has received many honors and awards, including three OBIE awards for Directing and Playwriting, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Award, a nomination for an EMMY Award, and four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.



"Jellyfish/Pictures of the Natural World #1"

Please join us at Yalo Studio, Friday night, January 30th, 6:00 - 8:30 pm for the opening reception of Len Jenkin: Fire Over Water. 

More paintings by Len Jenkin...

"Awake, O Sleepers"

"Bump Your Ass Off/Auto Skooter"