This Artist’s Surreal Paintings Imagine the Adventures of an Outrageous and Unstoppable Alter Ego—See Them Here

Show of the Day: "2017" at Magenta Plains, New York.

Ebecho Muslimova, Fatebe Asparagus Pee (2017). Courtesy of Magenta Plains.
Ebecho Muslimova, Fatebe Asparagus Pee (2017). Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

EBECHO MUSLIMOVA

“2017”
Magenta Plains
, New York

What the Gallery Says“Ebecho Muslimova’s strikingly graphic paintings and drawings spotlight an alter ego named ‘Fatebe,’ a grinning, portly figure minimally rendered in sweeping black lines. Wide-eyed and naked, Fatebe finds herself in various impossible situations—a contortionist of voluminous proportions. Whether squatting like a genie inside a jar of coins and gagged by a stack of quarters, or poised as Narcissus over a pool of still water while folded into the angles of a laundry drying rack, Fatebe can do and show things that her author can’t.”

Why It’s Worth a Look: The 33-year-old Russia-born artist has impeccable line work, and is showing paintings, in addition to her usual drawings, for the first time. Each piece reads like an anxiety-ridden nightmare, Muslimova’s Fatebe alter ego constantly finding herself in impossible, compromising, or otherwise absurd situations. The work recalls old time-y cartoons, and a Surrealist take on slapstick humor. Through it all, Fatebe remains smiling, and unapologetic emblem of voluptuous womanhood.

What It Looks Like:

Installation view of Ebecho Muslimova's current exhibition at Magenta Plains. Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Installation view of Ebecho Muslimova’s current exhibition at Magenta Plains. Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Ebecho Muslimova, <em>Fatebe 2017 Show</em> (2017). Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Ebecho Muslimova, Fatebe 2017 Show (2017). Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Ebecho Muslimova, <em>Untitled (Jar)</em>, 2017. Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Ebecho Muslimova, Untitled (Jar), 2017. Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Ebecho Muslimova, <em>Fatebe Self Possession</em> (2017). Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Ebecho Muslimova, Fatebe Self Possession (2017). Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Ebecho Muslimova, <em>Fatebe Rack</em> (2017). Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Ebecho Muslimova, Fatebe Rack (2017). Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Ebecho Muslimova, <em>Fatebe Arms Display</em> (2017). Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Ebecho Muslimova, Fatebe Arms Display (2017). Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Ebecho Muslimova, <em>Fatebe Wheelbarrow Unicycle</em> (2017). Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Ebecho Muslimova, Fatebe Wheelbarrow Unicycle (2017). Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Installation view of Ebecho Muslimova's current exhibition at Magenta Plains. Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Installation view of Ebecho Muslimova’s current exhibition at Magenta Plains. Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Installation view of Ebecho Muslimova's current exhibition at Magenta Plains. Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

Installation view of Ebecho Muslimova’s current exhibition at Magenta Plains. Courtesy of Magenta Plains.

“Ebecho Muslimova” is on view through February 11, 2018.

Magenta Plains is located at 94 Allen Street, New York. 


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