Natalia Lvova "Confections"

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Voss Gallery’s [The Down Low] presents “Confections,” a solo exhibition of provocative oil paintings by Natalia Lvova that boldly celebrates female erotic fantasy and psychology.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, February 15, 6-10PM and runs through Saturday, February 29, 2020. A ticket is required for timed entry to the Opening Celebration; tickets are available for purchase on our website ($10 advance/$15 day of). Champagne and sweet treats will be served. Exhibition hours are Monday - Sunday, 12-6PM or by appointment. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Employing the tenderness of her signature spiral mark-making technique to depict the transcendent mosaic of human intimacy, Lvova reclaims ownership of sexual imagery from the predominately male gaze. Cropped compositions of sensual scenes, derived from pornographic sources, are subverted, amplified, and transformed into vibrant, iridescent works. Figures are distilled to their elemental forms, becoming textured, luscious fragments of an immersive kaleidoscope.

Lvova’s blunt representation of desire from the female viewpoint considers the curiosity of sexual impulse and intrigue. Passion and play spin free from boundaries as identifying features approach a mesmeric universal. Within these couplings and collisions of color swirls a hopeful, hidden question: who gets to define ecstasy?

“I choose the courage to be myself–with my past, my pain, and my love. I choose to expose the innermost. Everything that comes from me–my instincts, needs, desires, and dreams. This is me in the present.” –Natalia Lvova.

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NATALIA LVOVA (b. Tyumen, Russia, 1985) is an oil painter known for her utilization of vibrant colors and signature spiral mark-making technique based in Palo Alto, CA. Lvova holds a patent for her unique style of painting, aptly named ‘TwiddleART.’ She has shown at the Palace of Fine Arts, SOMArts Cultural Center, and Voss Gallery in San Francisco, CA and the Siberian Center of Contemporary Art, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, and Contemporaries of Canvas in Russia, among others. Her work is included in the permanent collections of Stanford University, CA and G8 Gallery, Russia.

VOSS GALLERY is an art gallery in San Francisco’s Mission District established in 2019 by Ashley L. Voss. The gallery features a dynamic exhibition program of work by emerging and mid-career artists in both solo and thematically organized group shows with an emphasis in New Contemporary work with a technical edge. Voss Gallery prides itself for its unique commitment to fostering community and establishing relationships with local artists and young collectors. New exhibitions are presented approximately every three-to-four weeks.

[The Down Low] is located on the basement level with access via a staircase which may present difficulties for those with physical disabilities. We apologize for this; please contact us for additional documentation and information on our exhibitions if you would like to view the shows but have accessibility needs that our space doesn't meet.

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