Freddy’s Bar is extremely proud to announce the launch of its artspace The Silver Room with an exhibition of paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Nancy Drew, entitled Bang A Gong.
A group of paintings from both her “Artists Series” and “Porn Series” will be included in this mini-retrospective. Spanning the last ten years of Nancy Drew’s production, each year is represented by a single painting. Painted in her signature materials of flock and glitter, imagery culled from 20th Century Ab-Ex masterpieces and contemporary video porn boxes is feminized and beautified beyond easy recognition, into levels of high camp and cultural relevance. The resulting artistic transpositions can’t help but turn the aims of their sources on their ear. Rendered in plush flocking and sparkly glitter, the original meanings have been entirely recast and transformed in Drew’s works, with equal doses of humor and reverence. Ms. Drew is a veteran of the NY art scene, as well as a few controversies concerning her highly-regarded ‘cover versions’ of abstract expressionist masterworks. Drew’s artwork has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at many venues both locally and internationally, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Chelsea Museum of Art, Artists Space, Exit Art, Roebling Hall, White Box, NYC; as well as Real Art Ways, Hartford CT; Albright College, Reading, PA; and the Kyrgyzstan National Fine Arts Museum, Kyrgyzstan Republic.
“Painted in her trademark glitter and flocking on canvas, Nancy Drew’s painting embrace and amp up the notion of ‘retinal art’ by making it vibrate with familiar if unexpected associations. Stand-outs.” — Village Voice
“Nancy Drew pushes past territories of appropriation and reverence, and transforms the referenced works into magnetic paintings that are very much her own.” — Christian Viveros-Faune
“Nancy Drew caused quite a stir with two NYC solo shows featuring re-creations of Ab-Ex masterpieces bursting with intriguing tactile surfaces and layered with sparkly girl power… This balsy attitude is one reason Drew’s work is so compelling. She lures you in with sugary sweet ingredients, then uses them to pack a punch.“ — Bust Magazine