September 11 – October 25, 2015
755 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd floor
Ariel Freiberg’s recent work confronts idealized representations of gendered identities. In her lush and sensuous canvases, Freiberg depicts women’s faces that appear to blend into or emerge out of abstractly painted veils. From painted shards or tears emerge fragments of facial expressions—such as a flash of a parted lip or a slice of an alluring glance—that become signifiers of constructed female beauty. Freiberg’s paintings hesitate, creating tension between that which is depicted and that what remains unseen.