Steve Turner is pleased to present Private Residence, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based Ann Hirsch. The artist will present three large-scale drawings, each of which reimagines a nude from the art historical canon originally intended, not for public display, but rather, for more prurient use in a private residence. The works sourced—Titian’s Venus of Urbino (1538), Goya’s La Maja Desnuda (1797-1800), and Ingres’ Grande Odalisque (1814)—are, in Hirsch’s updated versions, titled using diminutive versions of the artists’ names: Tish, Francis, and Jean. Through her surreal, boldly colored rendering of the human form on non-traditional surfaces (velvet, crushed velvet, and vinyl), Hirsch minimizes the erotic appeal of the subjects in order to elicit alternative reactions.
Ann Hirsch earned a BFA from Washington University, St. Louis and an MFA from Syracuse University. She has had solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston; American Medium, Brooklyn; Smart Objects, Los Angeles and was awarded a Rhizome commission for Playground, her two-person play that debuted at the New Museum, New York. At the 2017 edition of Art Los Angeles Contemporary, she had a solo booth with Steve Turner presenting Genies and Annies.