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Rachel Lee Hovnanian | PART II: HAPPY HOUR

New York

April 20 – May 31, 2018

Pink Lady, 2018

Pink Lady, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
97 x 132 in
 

Pink Panty Dropper, 2018

Pink Panty Dropper, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
60 x 90 in
 

Death in the Afternoon, 2018

Death in the Afternoon, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
108 x 96 in
 

Dark and Stormy, 2018

Dark and Stormy, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
60 x 70 in
 

Blue Valium, 2018

Blue Valium, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
108 x 96 in
 

Blue Monster, 2018

Blue Monster, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
60 x 70 in
 

Blue Gin Fizz, 2018

Blue Gin Fizz, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
59 inches diameter
 

Tall, Dark, and Handsome, 2018

Tall, Dark, and Handsome, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
84 x 61 in
 

House of Empty Bottles, 2018

House of Empty Bottles, 2018
Installation of metal, wood, chalkboard, barbed wire, glass bottles with labels illustrated in watercolor, pastel, and ink
99 x 96 x 123.5 in
 

Drinks on the House, 2018

Drinks on the House, 2018
Gouache and oil pastel on paper
7.5 x 7.5 in
 

Hand Job, 2018

Hand Job, 2018
Gouache and oil pastel on paper
7.5 x 7.5 in
 

Vanity Stool, 2018

Vanity Stool, 2018
Gouache and oil pastel on paper
7.5 x 7.5 in
 

Just One More, 2018

Just One More, 2018
Gouache and oil pastel on paper
7.5 x 7.5 in
 

Slutty I, 2018

Slutty I, 2018
Gouache and oil pastel on paper
7.5 x 7.5 in
 

Is She or Isn't She?, 2018

Is She or Isn't She?, 2018
Gouache and oil pastel on paper
7.5 x 7.5 in
 

Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to present contemporary artist Rachel Lee Hovnanian's exhibition, PART II of The Women’s Trilogy Project, at Leila Heller Gallery in Manhattan. This is the first time an artist will have three sequential exhibitions in a gallery in New York over the course of six months. This marks Hovnanian's third solo show with the gallery.

 

PART II titled HAPPY HOUR is a multi-media exhibition that explores domestic culture and gender roles in relationship to alcoholism through a series of paintings, works on paper and multi-media installations using the narrative style of Dick and Jane, and iconography borrowed from Girl Scout and debutante traditions.

 

HAPPY HOUR was created by Rachel Lee Hovnanian over the course of three years between New York and Los Angeles and is the most personal work to be shown in this series. This exhibition is a deep reflection of her adolescence growing up in the south which challenges the restrictions of her upbringing. Hovnanian uses her works in this series to show the complicated complicit relationship surrounding alcoholism and the domestic order.

 

PART III, PURE, will open at Leila Heller Gallery on Friday June 8, 2018.

 

About Rachel Lee Hovnanian

Born in West Virginia and raised in Houston, Texas, Rachel Lee Hovnanian is a New York-based artist whose multidisciplinary practice explores contemporary notions of narcissism, obsession and intimacy, and society’s alienating addiction to media & technological innovations. Hovnanian received her BFA from the University of Texas, Austin, and has since exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Her work is in the collection of both private individuals, corporations and museums.

www.rachelleehovnanian.com | @rachelleehovnanian

 

About The Women’s Trilogy Project

The Women’s Trilogy Project includes three thematically related installments that expand on the familiar themes explored in the artist's previous body of work, which include addiction, gender roles and our relationship with technology. Hovnanian draws on her Southern upbringing to question our current cultural values, challenging the viewer to question gender barriers and struggles women still face. Working at the intersection of photography, video, sculpture, painting, and installation, Hovnanian’s multidisciplinary practice critically engages how digital technology transformed human relationships and our perceptions of reality.

 

About Leila Heller Gallery

Since its establishment over three decades ago, Leila Heller Gallery has gained worldwide recognition as a pioneer in promoting creative dialogue and exchange between Western artists and Middle Eastern, Central and Southeast Asian artists. In 2010, the gallery moved from the Upper East Side to its flagship space in Chelsea where it has garnered a reputation for identifying and cultivating the careers of artists leaving a lasting impact on contemporary art and culture.

www.leilahellergallery.com | @leilahellergallery