Inside The Racy, Blood-Soaked Drama Of Laura Krifka's Painted World (NSFW)

February 25, 2015 2:37 PM

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Inside The Racy, Blood-Soaked Drama Of Laura Krifka's Painted World (NSFW)

With all the juicy melodrama of a telenovela and the gravitas of a Baroque painting, Laura Krifka pumps her canvases full of love, lust and a thirst for blood. Her exhibition "Reap the Whirlwind," now in its final week at CB1 Gallery, features paintings and sculptures of sex, mischief and betrayal, postmodern parables filled with obvious symbolism and overblown innuendos. They're over the top in the best possible way, appealing to Renaissance audiences and TV addicts with a single sharp stroke.

The works on view depict instances of punishment, both slight and severe. In "Flying," a nude young man floats temporarily above a menacing crowd of cacti, while in "Judith and Holyfernes," a woman giddily slits a nude man's throat while a third woman crouches nearby, smelling the victim's hair. Des...

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