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Danielle Orchard

Mother's Magazines

January 30 – March 1, 2020

Gallery view of Danielle Orchard paintings
Gallery view of Danielle Orchard paintings
Gallery view of Danielle Orchard oil paintings
Installation view of oil paintings from Danielle Orchard
Oil painting of bird standing atop a bird bath
Oil painting of two woman by pond
Oil painting of woman sitting surrounded by art
Oil painting of two mermaids lounging by water
Oil painting  of woman sculpting next to statue
Oil painting of woman on parade float with fruit
Oil painting of woman on beach with cherries
Oil painting of women lounging around pool
Oil painting of woman posing in mirror
Oil painting of woman in bathtub with cards
Oil painting of woman in pool with wine

Jack Hanley Gallery is pleased to present Mother’s Magazines, Danielle Orchard’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Borrowed from a Cate Le Bon song, the title of the show refers to the way girls and women consume and often mimic the representation of other bodies - a motif that has continued to unfold throughout Orchard’s paintings.


The mainly large canvases in the exhibition depict scenes of women leisurely lounging around the park or the pool, sipping wine in the bathtub or looking at themselves in the mirror. Absent-mindedly, the women here don’t seem to fully take part in the activities they’re pictured in. Succumbed to ennui, their eyes drift into space, escaping their present settings and the poses they take on.


In The Pool in Palm Springs a woman in a black bathing suit lays pool side on a lounge chair, holding a set of cards in her left hand while unnaturally tilting her head upside down like Brancusi’s Sleeping Muse. Her gaze is introverted and simultaneously directed at the viewer. While referencing visual language of modernist paintings - sometimes specific like in Bra Strap (After Kirchner) - the women in Orchard’s painting don’t pose for their male painters anymore. Instead, they seem to take on performative gestures and acts that have entered the collective memory through art, fashion and pop culture.


In a play with formal elements of modernist movements at the beginning of the 20th century, such as cubism, fauvism or German expressionism, Orchard embeds contemporary narratives into figurative painting history while raising questions about the representation of the female body.


Danielle Orchard (b. 1985 in Michigan City, IN) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a MFA from Hunter College, New York. Orchard has exhibited in the United States and internationally including exhibitions at D.C Moore Gallery, New York, The Journal, New York and V1, Copenhagen Denmark. Among others, her work has been reviewed in The New Yorker and The New York Times.


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