We stopped by Gallery Nine5 a little while ago and stumbled onto a pleasant surprise, the work of Jessica Lichtenstein. Currently in between exhibitions, Gallery Nine5 is presently hosting a modest collection of pieces from past shows. Although all the pieces are brilliant in their own light, Jessica Lichtenstein’s typographic anime based work had the strongest presence of all. Made from resin, Lichtenstein’s pieces address the objectification of women by putting their sexuality on blatant–and somewhat sarcastic–display.
Littered with overtly buxom anime vixens (some “come hithering”, others innocently frolicking about), Lichtenstein ups the confrontational ante by having each and every one of the sultry characters look their audience straight in the eye. Despite the cheerful wording and friendly hues, it is this very same awkward “eye contact” that allows the audience to embrace the weight, and underlying meaning, of Lichtenstein’s message. Be sure to head down to Gallery Nine5 and see these pieces in all their glory!
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