April 26 through May 31, 1997
Jessica Fredericks Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by KELLIE O’BOSKY. The artist’s work was recently included in Salome Images of Women in Contemporary Art at the Castle Gallery of New Rochellehas been included in Arrested Childhood curated by Bonnie Clearwater at the Center of Contemporary Art, Miami, Fla and Everything is Real at Jessica Fredericks Gallery. This past fall Ms. O’BOSKY had a solo exhibition at Galerie Drantmann, Brussels.
Over the last eighteen months, KELLIE O’BOSKY has painted 58 self-portraits. The paintings entitled “Me” are based on photo-booth photos and are intended to serve as psychological polaroid’s-‑reflections and visual records of a particular stage in the artist’s life. Addressing notions of both a personal and generational identity, Ms. O’BOSKY depicts the reality and the fantasy of her photographed image. Whether she is flaunting a bold stare to throw herself aggressively at the viewer or hiding behind an awkward smile or an odd gesture, her continual self-examination seems to define a time and a place in our culture as much as an indomitable self.
For this show in addition to the solo self-portraits, the artist has coupled and grouped herself with figures taken from magazines. Hidden among (and sometimes behind) these media-designed women, the artist seems almost chameleon-like. Yet, through this “armor of concealment” Ms. O’BOSKY allows for a desire and a comparison that is particularly revealing.
Jessica Fredericks Gallery is located at 504 West 22nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Gallery hours have changed. Please note that the gallery is now open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm.. For further information and/or photographs please contact the gallery by telephone at (212) 633-6555 or fax at (212) 367-9502.