Fri. March 20
Take a look at the kitties in this painting by Jennifer Lewis. Cats having a ball, tossing cupcakes. Now, we're cat people here at JSInk, but cat people with a high bar toward, displaying enjoying cat are. How much cuteness can one take? But all is not, shall we say, totally swell in the world of Lewis's animals. There are lonely kittens venturing out on their own, in rowboats on stormy seas, or heading into a haunted forest. Mmmm. And others in the animal kingdom … She encourages the viewer to take a second look at our "civilized" world with satirical images of piglets at the butcher counter, picking out their favorite cut of pork. Ideas of hunting,whether man or animal, second-guess the fittest of the species. Sometimes Lewis – born in Germany, raised in Maine (where there's lotsa critters, I know, I was raised there too) makes us cringe, with bloody palates of sanguine reds, sometimes she makes us smile, with chipmunks eating cotton candy. So, topsy-turvy. Her "Sweat Meats" exhibition is up at Space 242 along with Amanda Clarke's paintings and print collection "Sour Grapes."