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Judith Bernstein, Birth of the Universe #33, 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas, 15' 6“ × 10' 2”.

Judith Bernstein

Studio Voltaire

Judith Bernstein, Birth of the Universe #33, 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas, 15' 6“ × 10' 2”.

Over the course of a month long residency, Judith Bernstein produced in situ an exhilarating body of work she then exhibited under the title “Rising.” Two large-scale paintings and five drawings were shot through with the artist’s customary wit and full-on attitude: funny, provocative, and embarrassing in equal measure. Dominating the proceedings were the two enormous paintings, which contain a dizzying mix of futuristic imagery in which giant vulvas loom large and magnificent, surrounded by a floating sea of penises and graffiti-like symbols. One, Birth of the Universe #33 (all works 2014), made with fluorescent paint and illuminated by black light, glowered alone, unstretched and nailed directly to the wall in a separate room. These unashamedly feminist works offered a heady combination of violence and sex that found their apogee in the series of charcoal screw drawings that

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