Marion Peck‘s first solo show in New York, entitled Ladies & Clowns, is currently on view at Sloan Fine Art on Rivington Street. While the exhibition’s title isn’t the most subtle, it’s a good indicator for what you’re getting into with Marion Peck’s new paintings. The darkly comedic renderings of jovially surrealist scenes, including lederhosen -donning peasants dancing and art history referencing portraits of ladies, are both whimsical and highly disturbing. If you’re one of the many Americans who list clowns high atop your list of fears, then you’ll surely feel a chill down your spine seeing Peck’s sad clowns wandering around Northern Renaissance-invoking landscapes or frowning pie-eyed in portraits. Ladies & Clowns is on view through June 13th.
Marion Peck earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and did MFA studies at Syracuse University in New York and Temple University in Rome, Italy. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Rome, Galerie de Magda Danysz in Paris and Davidson Galleries in Seattle. She currently lives in Eagle Rock, CA.