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Kira Nam Greene

Nature Pops!
Glyndor Gallery | July 12–September 5

Orientalism I, 2015, Oil, flashe, acrylic ink on canvas, 40” x 60”. Courtesy of the artist and Accola Griefen Gallery, New York, NY.

Kira Nam Greene’s decadent paintings interweave images of various foods with colorful textile patterns and symbols from Eastern and Western traditions. She creates jarring yet sensual compositions that reference the plurality and dichotomy of the artist’s personal, as well as cultural, identity. For Greene, her lush, almost gluttonous illustrations of food are also metaphors for the exotification of the female body and a surrogate for the desire to consume and control. Greene turns a further critical lens on the ethical and ecological aspects of the modern food industry by highlighting the methods used by corporations to promote artificial products as naturally produced. In the artist’s works, the marketing messages of food industry giants are also subverted by displacing slogans and trademarks among intricately crafted patterns rooted in culturally specific traditions, as well as histories of appropriation. Layers of photorealist renderings of food are entwined in ornamental patterns that shift into abstraction. The artist offers an aesthetically stimulating, yet insidiously perverse examination of how the proliferation of corporate advertising impacts an increasingly globalized consumer culture.

Greene has shown her work at venues such as Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, NY; A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ; Piccolomini Palace, Pienza, Italy; and Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE. She received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute, a PhD in political science from Stanford University and a BA in international relations from Seoul National University.


Mello Jello, 2016, Watercolor, gouache and colored pencil on paper mounted on panel, 45”x30”. Courtesy of the artist and Accola Griefen Gallery, New York, NY.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.