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Eric Eickmann

When: June 24-July 27 2016

Burlington’s Karma Bird House Gallery hosts a solo exhibition of recent works by the Burlington painter. Eickmann’s large-scale canvases are often overtly sexual; he seems to borrow svelte bodies and contrived poses from the pages of pornography magazines and place them among more layered, visually chaotic environments. What’s most interesting about Eickmann’s exploration of “the vulnerability and power of feminine archetypes,” as he puts it, is the tension that emerges between the different kinds of female forms. One is the aforementioned realistically rendered pin-up; the other is a far more abstracted and fragmented nude that appears to be heavily influenced by Picasso. In this light, a dialogue emerges between two distinct types of “pornography” — one modern and the other modernist.

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