Opening Thursday November 10th, Guy Hepner Editions is pleased to present Brittany Fanning’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, “Savage Gardens” in our newly acquired location. Join us for the opening reception from 6-8pm at 521 W. 26th St, Floor 4, New York.
Filtered through decadent layers of acrylic paints and oil pastels, Fanning presents her fascination with the beauty and savagery of the natural world. Reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic backdrop, Savage Gardens sets the stage for the aftermath of a cataclysmic event in which human figures are notably absent and an unbridled nature begins to regain power and control over previously curated and manicured spaces. Vibrant colors and foliage that are traditional hallmarks of Fanning’s work take on new life in her first solo exhibition with Guy Hepner Editions – expanding on her œuvre and technique consisting of luscious brush strokes and precise markings.
A thinly veiled, wry sense of humor has permeated Fanning’s work throughout her career – and her latest presentation is no exception. Looking past the obvious, the viewer should see both Fanning’s strong affection towards the freedom of wildlife and her disillusionment of humanity. A closer look unveils the crumbling facade of our own experience as it concerns the fragility of our societal ecosystems and the insatiability of the human appetite for more.
Hybrid landscapes of Florida swamps and Georgian mountains – which, oddly enough, are almost distinctly Californian, where the artist currently calls home, act as an homage to her surroundings both past and present. A sense of uneasy pleasure haunts scenes of overindulgence and luxury goods while predators stalk what is left of a possible Contentious Garden Party.
Taking inspiration from Pronkstilleven Ducth works, Fanning’s vanitas still life’s act a reminder of our unquenchable thirst for all things consumable, the emptiness of wealth, and the ultimate and timely advance of our extinction. Through a spirit of romanticism, Savage Gardens works to open our eyes to the beauty of the world we inhabit and with shock and awe, a reckoning of those things we hold dear, and that which can quickly be lost.