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JENNY'S Presents "Rock N’ Roll Princess"

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Jenny’s is a new French-owned gallery in Los Angeles, CA. This spring, they will be displaying  art by Julien Ceccaldi in his exhibition Rock N’ Roll Princess from May 19- June 22, 2019. This exhibition will be Ceccaldi’s second solo exhibition at Jenny’s and will serve as a tribute to real and fictional Pop Punk princesses including ZONE, Avril Lavigne, Nana Osaki, and Full Moon. 

Stéphane, a French fan of the now-disbanded Japanese pop-rock quarter ZONE, will serve as the central character featured in the exhibition. Faced with a series of challenges, Stéphane has overcome various struggles through his life with his optimistic outlook on life and appreciation of the little things that uplift his spirit. 

The exhibition consists of vinyl banners and multi layered drawings, reflecting the aesthetic style of fan art. Of note, “Miyu,” a bright pink portrait in the exhibition, is a drawing of the lead singer Miyu from ZONE, but is also based on a screen grab of Avril Lavigne in her music video for “Smile” (2011). There is also a skeleton sculpture called “Pop Punk Idol” which highlights elements of Avril Lavigne's aesthetic looks from the height of her career, including a pair of jeans from her fashion line Abbey Dawn. Additionally, two other thematic references from magna that are central to the exhibition include Ai Yazawa's manga Nana (2000-ongoing) and Full Moon o Sagashite by Arina Tanemura (2000-2004). 

Encompassing feelings of joy, sadness, frustration, and more, this exhibition consistently ties back to Stéphane, who dreams of becoming a mucisian himself.

Julien Ceccaldi (b. 1987, Montreal, Canada) lives and works in New York, NY. He received his BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2009. Recently he held his first major solo museum exhibition titled Solito, at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany (2018). He has exhibited in several international galleries and institutions including Greene Naftali, New York, NY; Lomex, New York, NY; Oakville Galleries, Ontario, Canada; Swiss Institute, New York, NY; the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany; Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany; among others. Ceccaldi’s comics and drawings have frequently been featured in online and print publications, and he is the author of several self-published comic books.