• Gina Litherland
    The Reason for the Unreason (Don Quixote)
    2012
    oil on Masonite
    20 x 16 inches

  • Gina Litherland
    In Bloom (for Marosa di Giorgio)
    2012
    oil on Masonite
    14 x 11 inches

  • Gina Litherland
    Don Juan in the Underworld
    2012
    oil on Masonite
    30 x 24 inches

  • Gina Litherland
    Lupercalia
    2011
    oil on Masonite
    24 x 30 inches

  • Gina Litherland
    The Floppy Boot Stomp (for Don Van Vliet)
    2012
    oil on Masonite
    30 x 24 inches

  • Gina Litherland
    Crossing an Iced-Over Stream
    2011
    oil on Masonite
    29 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches

  • Gina Litherland
    Little Red Cap
    2011
    oil on Masonite
    18 x 24 inches

  • Gina Litherland
    Seraphine
    2013
    oil on Masonite
    20 x 16 inches

  • Gina Litherland
    After the Deluge
    2013
    oil on Masonite
    10 x 8 inches

  • Gina Litherland
    Wolf Alice (for Angela Carter)
    2011
    oil on Masonite
    12 x 9 inches

  • Installation view

  • Gina Litherland
    Retrospective Pleasures
    2013
    watercolor, gouache, pastel, and India ink on paper
    9 x 12 inches

  • Gina Litherland
    Imaginary Foreground
    2013
    watercolor, gouache, pastel, and India ink on paper
    9 x 12 inches

  • Gina Litherland
    Vernal Equinox
    2013
    watercolor, gouache, pastel, and India ink on paper
    9 x 12 inches

  • Gina Litherland
    Several Winds Sweep Down
    2013
    watercolor, gouache, pastel, and India ink on paper
    9 x 12 inches


PRESS RELEASE

 

Opening reception at the gallery Friday, May 17, 2013, from 5:00–8:00pm.

In her third solo exhibition at Corbett vs. Dempsey, Gina Litherland unveils an exemplary group of oil paintings, continuing in a magic realist vein, but introducing new and unexpected elements. Several of the works are larger in scale, still incredibly detailed and masterfully executed, but covering an expanse that allows for an intensification of the narrative component. In The Floppy Boot Stomp (For Don Van Vliet), for instance, the complex scene finds an upside down female fiddler floating over a burning boot in a cornfield, a farmer racing to the conflagration, where a goat with a human face (and a Beefheart-esque beard) glows in the light of the flame. Continuously inspired by literature, Litherland composes with great specificity, sometimes, as in the case of the title painting, The Reason for the Unreason, incorporating text directly into the work. Her painting Don Juan in the Underworld, inspired by Charles Baudelaire, features a boatman with a contemporary white t-shirt and tattoos, while ghostly women peer at Don Juan in the back of the boat, blade at rest, looking pensive, reflective. A 28-page catalog accompanies the exhibition, featuring an extensive essay by Uruguayan writer Natalia Font.