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Kirke Paints "Girls" 

Wednesday, Mar 12 2014

If beauty lies in symmetry, then Jemima Kirke's models lack it, at least by her rendering. With mismatched eyes, crooked noses and deep scowl lines, to call her portraits of these women "quirky" is an understatement and trivialization. The title of her show, Platforms, references not only the stage on which her subjects pose but the "opportunity for public expression or a point of view" according to gallery director Holly Fouladi. Kirke has multiple outlets for artistic expression: If her name sounds familiar it might be from her role as Jessa Johansson on HBO's Girls. But this is not the dabbling of an entitled celebrity — the 28-year-old is one of only five fine artists on Forbes' roster of the "brightest stars" in art and style on its "30 under 30" list. She identifies herself as an artist first and foremost, and her paintings, if unflattering, are imbued with real pathos.

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