|Lolly, Oil on Canvas, 34x32|
|January 18 - February 10, 2011|
|Thursday, January 19, 6:00-10:00pm|
|Meet the Artist @ Opening Reception|
|Artist Talk and Intro at 7:30pm|
Dacia Gallery is pleased to present “Lascivious” an exhibition of new works by Heather Morgan, a figurative painter whose sultry and damaged women cavort unrestrained through opulent settings with commanding self-possession. Here are lingerie and stockings galore. But these are no playthings. These women are performing their identities, and it is a tense and fevered display, aching with self-consciousness. Vivid and theatrical as these images are, the viewer is thrust into discomfiting intimacy with these defiant vixens. These works invite the viewer to look and to covet, presenting an alluring world that is also potent and seething. Beauty quivers with pain and flaw in the distorted, luminous subjects that populate Morgan’s paintings. The figures stretch out louche before the viewer and bravely offer themselves with a conflicting, penetrating gaze. These unflinching yet vulnerable pastel heroines become all the more unknowable, as they reveal themselves in their fractured splendor.
Heather Morgan was born in Staten Island in 1973, another dubious product of the 70’s. She completed her B.F.A. in painting at Boston University in 1996, making up the “Expressionist Wing” of the school for the arts. She received her M.F.A. in painting/printmaking at Yale University in 1999. Upon finishing her studies, Morgan spent five years working in East Berlin, learning German, exhibiting and publishing work with Karoline Mueller at Ladengalerie, one of Berlin’s oldest galleries, and a proponent of representational artists of the former GDR. Her work has been included in several publications, among them the Berliner Zeitung, Torso (published by the Berlin Women’s Art Association), New York City’s H.O.W. Journal, and Cheap & Plastique. Ms. Morgan was most recently represented by the rogues gallery at Jack the Pelican Presents in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Currently, she lives is Brooklyn, exhibiting in New York City, Los Angeles, and Art Basel, Miami, creating a theatrical display of painting.