Harmony Korine: Jovey Twitchy
January 29, 2021 - February 28, 2021
Jeffrey Deitch:
182 NE 39th Street,
Miami, FL 33137

Doubling down on his painting practice from home in Miami, the lauded filmmaker debuts a body of work that captures South Florida’s sinister beauty—not unlike the tropical fantasia captured in his films Spring Breakers (2012) and The Beach Bum (2019). To create his golem-like “Twitchy” characters, Korine conceives them as imaginary companions, ghosts that accompany him on psychogeographic tours of Miami. He captures each image first using a smartphone, digitally hand-paints over the photographs, projects the finished images onto canvas, and only renders the absolute strangest visuals in bright, electric colors of oil paint. “I would sit outside alone by the water and create alien-like friends on a low-key cosmic tropical playground,” Korine says. “These light creatures hang out with dogs or dance on the abandoned boat dock.” Behind these vibrant hues lies a foreboding darkness, transforming South Florida’s landscape into an otherworldly realm inhabited by enigmatic, even alien forces.

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