In her first solo at Anna Kustera, Julia Jacquette paints seductive, velvety images culled from the internet, TV programs, movies, the sides of buses, the walls of subway stations, and magazine ads. Like enlarged photographs, the delicately painted images become less realistic and more elusive as the canvases grow larger. They inspire a peculiar double yearning– both for the objects depicted and for the paintings themselves. As Ken Johnson wrote in his NYTimes review last week, Jacquette’s images “could cause a recovering alcoholic’s grip on sobriety to waver.”
“Julia Jacquette: Water, Liquor, Hair Images,” Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, NY. Through May 14, 2011.