David Drebin, ‘Purple Starlet’, 2014, Chroma Gallery

Although alluring, the idea of a sensual wonderland seems to be permanently beyond our grasp. Yet so compelling is the notion, we would do almost anything to attain such bliss. It is the tension and instinctive drama of this age-old quest that David Drebin chronicles in his latest work--aptly titled, Chasing Paradise. These skillfully arranged scenarios convey the thrill of deeply illicit adventures. We find ourselves intrigued, yet also slightly concerned by the risks. Set against distinctive backdrops, Drebin's models seem to occupy a supernatural state of being. Powerful and all-knowing, each one has the mystery of a mythical figure--upon whose loveliness we mortals can only hope to gaze. Drebin seduces us with every twist and turn of his darkly sensual narratives. Never before has temptation seemed so tantalizing--or so worth pursuing.

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About David Drebin

Love stories and landscapes are at the foundation of David Drebin's panoramas, portraits, and neon sculptures. His monograph Love and Other Stories (2007) features solitary women in urban tableaux—high-rise apartments buildings and terraces, freeway overpasses and hotel rooms. Dressed alternately in bikinis, evening gowns, and negligees, the women appear to be in various stages of a love affair. They pout while lying on couches and ascend grand staircases; their legs emerge from doorways and car doors, their concealed upper bodies assumedly engaged in passionate embraces. Drebin's cityscapes present sweeping views of famous locales such as Jerusalem, Paris, and New York and incorporate both built and natural features. In San Francisco Dusk (2010), an illuminated grid of buildings reaches toward the misty blue horizon of the Pacific Ocean.

Canadian, b. 1970, Toronto, ON, Canada, based in New York, NY, United States