Natalia Lvova "Confections"
Opening Reception: Saturday, Feb. 15, 6-10PM
Showing: February 15-29, 2020
[The Down Low]
3344 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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. Exhibition hours are Monday - Sunday, 12-6PM or by appointment. Viewer discretion is advised.
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 predominantly 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.
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.