Josephine Halvorson at Sikkema Jenkins & Co
on view at Sikkema Jenkins & Co, 530 West 22nd Street, between 10th and 11th avenues, 212 929 2262, until January 10, 2009
Josephine Halvorson’s small oil paintings are diminutive delights. Their breezy infatuatedness would bring Karen Kilimnik to mind were it not that Halverson’s love affair is with the actual rather than the nostalgic, sparking a true painterly tension between real-life things and their pigment-and-oil existence. In Memento Mori cropped tombstone text fills the canvas, and Crumbs presents just that – lovingly painted remnants of a meal. Within the boundaries of a canvas, eclectic details of our surroundings come to constitute a world unto itself.
This was an artcritical PIC in November 2008.