Leviathan

(from the Manifesting Prophecy Series)

January 5 – February 9, 2008

Karen Liebowitz

Karen Liebowitz: Leviathan (from the Manifesting Prophecy Series), 2008. Photo: Grant Mudford

Karen Liebowitz

Installation view. 2008

Karen Liebowitz

Installation view. 2008

Karen Liebowitz

The Making of the Net–Leviathan.  2007
Oil on canvas
103 1/4 x 113 1/4’’


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Karen Liebowitz

detail

Karen Liebowitz

Blow–up Leviathan. 2007
Oil on canvas
108 1/4 x 94’’
 

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detail

Karen Liebowitz

Riding Leviathan to the Shore I. 2007
Oil on canvas
76 1/4 x 52’’
 

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Karen Liebowitz

detail

Karen Liebowitz

Riding Leviathan to the Shore II. 2007
Oil on canvas
53 x 73’’
 

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Karen Liebowitz

Study for Blow–up Leviathan, Breath. 2007

Oil on panel

16 3/4 x 11 1/2’’

 

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Karen Liebowitz

Study for Blow–up Leviathan, Hand Clenching. 2007
Oil on panel
16 x 10 1/2’’
 

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Karen Liebowitz

Installation view. 2012

Karen Liebowitz

Head Study for Riding the Leviathan to Shore II.  2007
Charcoal and wash on paper, framed
15 1/2 x 12 1/2’’


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Karen Liebowitz

Study for Blow–up Leviathan, Breath. 2007
Oil on panel
16 3/4 x 11 1/2’’


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Karen Liebowitz

Study for Riding the Leviathan to Shore I.  2007
Charcoal and wash on paper, framed
14 x 11 1/2’’

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Karen Liebowitz

Study for The Making of the Net III. 2007
Charcoal and wash on paper, framed
11 3/4 x 13 3/4’’

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Karen Liebowitz

Blow–up Leviathan, In the Cave III.  2007
Charcoal and wash on paper, framed
12 1/4 x 14’’
 

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Karen Liebowitz

Installation view. 2012

Karen Liebowitz

Blow–up Leviathan, In the Cave I. 2007
Watercolor on paper, framed
16 1/2 x 20 1/2’’
 

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Karen Liebowitz

Blow–up Leviathan, Hiding. 2007
Charcoal on paper, framed
13 x 12 3/8’’


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Press Release

In her first solo exhibition at Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Karen Liebowitz presents a series of paintings and drawings from her Manifesting Prophecy Series. The paintings are hybrids of classicism and fantasy and present an invented mythology constructed upon traditional religious occurrences recast with contemporary female protagonists. Throughout the series, human intervention is called upon to make the magical happen.

 

This particular group of paintings focuses on the Leviathan, a biblical sea monster that some believe appears in apocalyptic times. These paintings function as a prologue to the story of the Leviathan depicting the creation of the sea creature, the making of a net for capture and riding the creature after its capture. The symbol of an impending apocalypse seems only more relevant as we find ourselves in a period where ancient religious structures are in conflict with a divergent social order.

 

Liebowitz is a recent graduate of the UCLA Master of Fine Arts Program. She has received fellowships for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Ragdale Foundation, The Vermont Studio Center, and a grant from The Durfee Foundation.