press release

Conner Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the opening of three solo exhibitions featuring drawings by Zoë Charlton, photographs by David Levinthal and video by Gabriel de la Mora.

Zoë Charlton presents Family (2008), a new series of large format drawings. Statuesque nude figures drawn from live models portray characteristics of the artist's female cousins, demonstrating diverse personalities within her Florida-based African American family. In these drawings Charlton explores how inherited traits interact with personal choices to define the self. Elaborating naturalistic figural imagery with culturally-laden attributes that reveal individuality, she construes the formation of personal identity as an analog to, or perhaps a model for, artistic creation.

In War David Levinthal juxtaposes Iraq (2008), his latest series of photographs, with selections from his seminal work Hitler Moves East (1977). In grad school at Yale, he and Garry Trudeau recreated the WWII German military invasion of Russia with toy soldiers. This Kodalith film series catalyzed the fabrication movement in photography. Viewers are invited to consider Levinthal's first body of work in relation to his new digital photographs of toy models, which represent the US invasion of Iraq. In conjunction with FOTOWEEK DC, Conner Contemporary will host a gallery talk and champagne reception with the artist on Saturday, November 15, at 11 am.

In his two-channel video, 39-G.M.C.-23.sept.2007, Gabriel de la Mora batters a life-size self-portrait, formed as a Mexican piñata. Instead of candy, colored paper arteries, veins, internal organs and red confetti blood pour out of the artist's Doppelgänger as he strikes it with a stick. The performance culminates with him collecting the remains from the floor and depositing them in an acrylic vitrine reminiscent of reliquary. In this work de la Mora destroys one cliché of popular Mexican culture to bring forth references to other cultural traditions, including surrealist art and relic devotion.

There will be an opening reception for the artists Friday, November 14th from 6-8pm. David Levinthal – artist talk and champagne reception, Saturday November 15th at 11am. rsvp appreciated. Zoe Charlton– artist talk and champagne reception, Saturday November 15th at 2pm. rsvp appreciated.

Additional information may be found at: http://www.connercontemporary.com For further information or images, please contact Leigh Conner at 202-588-8750 or info@connercontemporary.com.

Conner Contemporary Art is located at 1358-60 Florida Avenue, NE –Washington, DC 20002 in the H Street Corridor/ Atlas Arts District. Winter hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11-5pm or by prior arrangement.

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Zoe Charlton: Family
David Levinthal: War
Gabriel de la Mora : video