Jamie Vasta searched high and low for the perfect subject for her medium, from Angela Carter's fairy tales to Caravaggio's oil paintings, before fulfilling her quest. In her fourth show, “Femme,” after an epiphany like that which brought forth the first velvet painting of Elvis, she unveils the fruits of this labor: glitter paintings of drag queens and burlesque performers. Vasta had joked that her works in glitter were “oil paintings in drag,” making this a perfect fit. “Much of my past work with portraiture has been in pursuit of creating figures who I think can embody the visual impact of glitter. I can't think of a more apt personification of glitter than these performers, in all their glitz and hauteur.” “Femme,” 19 portraits on wood, “is fine-tuned to accentuate narrative” (translation: they're shiny) and she draws “her inspiration from 17th century royal portraiture and 19th century society portraits” (also pretty). They are both those things, as well as powerful, appropriately gaudy, and very, very sparkly.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 7. Continues through Dec. 21, 2013