Featuring Jennie Ottinger
Showing August 7th – September 18th 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, August 7th 5-8pm
Johansson Projects presents a solo exploration by Jennie Ottinger, a delicate and haunting display of familiar suspects stripped of their familiarity. From her ballerina lineups to her team of surgeons, Ottinger’s characters contain all the parts in place, yet a lurking trace of disorientation lingers in the way of recognition or comfort. A crafted impossibility echoes throughout Ottinger’s presentation of her pieces in a new kind of narrative network: a dissonant collective instead of a rigid unfurling of cause-and-effect. Ottinger confronts viewers with storybook pages tossed into the wind, forming links between strangers in strange places that transcend conventional story logic. Her cast of fictional characters is conjured from a medley of nonfictional materials — newspapers, textbooks, and photo archives — and then freed from any storyline to frolic in a storyweb. Every moment of Ottinger’s dripping portraits summons a bitter longing to find a home in the imaginary ideals of the happily ever after. While stories often take great liberties to fill in the blanks, Ottinger’s mythical portraits employ the ruse of familiarity as a vehicle and a trap, exposing the blank spaces between body parts and storybook pages.