Jeffrey Deitch Presents Joven Twitchy by Harmony Korine
Jeffrey Deitch is pleased to present Joven Twitchy, an exhibition of new paintings by Harmony Korine in the Miami Design District. Known as one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation, Korine has also cultivated a long time painting practice that expands the definitions of art and artist through a multimedia approach infused with a post-Pop aesthetic. Painted in Miami, his Joven Twitchy works capture the sinister beauty of South Florida; they reflect the tropical fantasia of his films Spring Breakers(2012) and The Beach Bum(2019). Korine, who has been drawing since childhood, conceives of his “Twitchy” character as an imaginary companion—a ghost that accompanies him on a psychogeographic tour of Miami. Often presented as a golem-like figure, it also functions as a surrogate for the artist’s own mischievous personality.
Korine originally conceived the Twitchy paintings as studies for his films. He creates each image using a smartphone, digitally hand-painting over the photographs before projecting the finished images onto canvas and rendering them in oil paint. Korine makes hundreds of phone drawings, choosing the strangest and most striking to transform into paintings. His approach to painting is similar to that of a film director shooting multiple takes to arrive at the strongest result. Avoiding material depth and emotionally charged brushwork, his compositions mimic the flatness of the screen—the paintings are purely about the image
Richard Prince, in his text on Korine’s Young Twitchy Paintings, describes the series as existing in a “post-place . . . something about past present future.” “You used to be on the phone,” he writes, “now you are in the phone.” Crossing the line between actuality and animation, Korine fills his canvases with bright, electric colors that approach disintegration while still feeling physically real, an effect akin to the bursts of light often used in cinematic special effects. Yet behind these vibrant hues lies a foreboding darkness; through Korine’s paintings, the South Florida landscape becomes an otherworldly realm inhabited by enigmatic, even alien forces.
Harmony Korine was born in 1973 in Bolinas, California, and lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee, and Miami, Florida. Exhibitions include S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium (2000); Whitney Biennial, New York(2000); 50th Biennale di Venezia (2003); Pigxote, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, TN(2009); Shadows and Loops, Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN (2016–17); and Centre Pompidou, Paris(2017). Korine’s films include: Kids(1995, written by Korine, directed by Larry Clark), Gummo (1997 written and directed by Korine), Julien Donkey-Boy (1999, written and directed by Korine), Ken Park (2002, written by Korine, directed by Larry Clark and Ed Lachman), Mister Lonely (2007, written byKorine, co directed with Avi Korine), Trash Humpers (2009, written and directed by Korine), SpringBreakers (2012, written and directed by Korine), and The Beach Bum (2019, written and directed by Korine). Harmony Korine is represented by Gagosian.
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