SHAUNA BORN: GALORE: July 5 - 29, 2012
This series of intimate, delicately rendered portraits explore issues of desire and mortality through the idealization of beautiful male types. Working from a variety of sources, Born shifts the context in which these images exist—the screen and magazine—to re-imagine them as poetic dandies and romantic heroes, steeped in classic pictorial tradition.
Executed in standard ballpoint pen, these drawings display a technical virtuosity akin to seventeenth-century Dutch vanitas, while implying a casual, 'throw away' quality, creating a dynamic tension between individual vulnerability and youthful energy and abundance. The scale of the drawings, along with the unframed presentation; evoke an intimacy both with the subjects and the artist.
Flowers barely come to a full bloom before they begin to fade, droop, whither. Born perceives her subjects in a stage of perfect youthful bloom that she has plucked in a vain attempt at preservation. In Galore, Born has built a paracosm of tiny drawings, a sensual fantasy world haunted by the faces of Rimbaud, Adonis, Bieber, Andrej; the eternally youthful.