Jenny Ping

September 21 - October 28, 2007

Opening Reception : September 21, 2007 7-9 pm

Jenny Ping, Violet Carnival Doll, 2006 marker, pen, pencil, colored pencil 11 x 14 inches
Jenny Ping, Four Braided Dansaurs, 2004-2005 oil on canvas 40 x 51 inches
Jenny Ping, Petrouchka's friend,, 2007 marker, pen, pencil, colored pencil 11 x 14 inches
Jenny Ping, Ottoman Ballerina, 2006 marker, pen, pencil, colored pencil 11 x 14 inches
Jenny Ping, Aria of Sun Spring Rays, 2007 marker, pen, pencil, colored pencil 11 x 14 inches
Jenny Ping, Evening Flight, 2006 marker, pencil, black and white color pencil on tinted grey paper 17 x 36 inches
Jenny Ping, Blue Green Crystal Nights, 2006 marker, pen, pencil, colored pencil 11 x 14 inches
Jenny Ping, Air in Grey and Gold, 2006 marker, pen, pencil, colored pencil, 11 x 14 inches

Press Release

JENNY PING
ON THE STAGE
September 21 – October 28
Reception: Friday, September 21, 7-9PM

Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery is pleased to announce On the Stage the first solo exhibition of work by Jenny Ping. An opening reception for the artist will be held Friday, September 21st from 7-9pm.

Jenny Ping’s intricately detailed drawings of imaginary ballet and opera performances feature the artist’s own cast of human and dinosaur-like performers, depicting a fantasy society of the performing arts. Inspired by classic 19th and 20th century ballet companies, from Marius Petipa to Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, the boldly colorful drawings and paintings depict every aspect of theatrical stage presentation, from inventive “choreography” to extravagant sets of onion-topped buildings and mountainous landscapes. The figures are fitted in elaborately ornamented costumes of Ping’s own design with a minute level of detail in each textile and accessory. A large group of single-figure drawings create a Playbill-like cast of characters along one wall.

Ping’s images focus attention on the spectacular aspect of performances
rather than a specific story plot. The lyrical compositions evoke her
musical influences such as Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Delibes. Looking to the melodies of classical music which bring to mind dancing, Ping generates the meticulous forms and scenes in her work. In this way, the large oil painting “Four Braided Dansaurs” is more a moment of ecstatic musicality than a depiction of a specific scene. In a way, Ping has created her own theater company, imagining a society of performers who exist in celebratory expressions of dancing, singing, music and costume.

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