Lyles & King is pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition of London-based artist Jessie Makinson (b. 1985), Dangerous Pleasing – if only for online viewing.
The gallery on the artist: “Teasing threads from art history and literature, Jessie Makinson re-addresses a patriarchal past from a female perspective. Plucking themes and narratives from historical precedent, she creates a bold new context for the motifs she selects. Vivid colors describe tense, erotic scenes in which women are dangerous active participants, not passive permission givers. Makinson’s characters practice rituals, they embrace, plot and conspire. They hold sexual power and disrupt expectations, inhabiting a universe that surprises, delights and tests its audience.”
And Kate Neave continues: “Makinson’s characters seem motivated by jealousy, narcissism, and, desire. Her paintings bring to mind conspiracies and betrayals, invoking plot lines that could equally have been plucked from Tudor England or Instagram stories.”
About – Jessie Makinson (b.1985, London) has had recent solo exhibitions at Fabian Lang, Zurich, CH, and Galería OMR, Mexico City, MX. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions including No Patience for Monuments at Perrotin, Seoul, KR (2019); In the Company Of, curated by Katy Hessel at T.J. Boulting, London, UK (2018); Dead Eden at Lyles & King, New York, US (2018); BioPeversity at Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, US (2018); Formal Encounters at Nicodim Gallery, Bucharest, HU (2018); Breaking Shells, curated by Justine Do Espirito Santo at The Koppel Room, London, UK (2018); and Fake French at Roman Road, London, UK (2016). Upcoming exhibitions include I See You at Victoria Miro, London, UK, and Kunstverein Dresden. She lives and works in London. GoSee: lylesandking.com