May 06, 2017

Black Moby Dick & 9 Untitled at Adjacent To Life

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Tinsquo's curatorial project, Adjacent To Life, presents Black Moby Dick & 9 Untitled: The Wall Sculptures/Assemblages of Damien Olsen.

Damien Olsen scavenges industrial ephemera and subjects the objects to transformations that “detach them from their meaning” and give them a new purpose. Often appearing as ruins or a “glamorizing of aging,” the works embody the geological process of reintegration of the specific into the whole, presenting decay as a generative process.

Rooted in the free-associative strategies of the Surrealists and Abstract Expressionists, Olsen finds particular humor and challenge in the indeterminacy of their approach. He says, “my own art makes me laugh and it can torture me because I don’t know what I’m looking at.”

In the spirit of unedited transmission, following are a few choice quotes from a recent studio visit:

“I don't like the idea of imitating nature, but we are nature. We are nature and the nature that we produce is art. It's important for me to make acts of animality, things of which only nature is capable.”

“It takes a lifetime to get rid of how you've learned to draw and paint - to make work like an animal commanding you from a place of silence.”

“The boxes are like houses for objects. They turn owners if they can survive the claustrophobia of being in a box. They become the master of the house.”

“Louise Nevelson is my artistic grandmother and Max Ernst is my grandfather. So then the question is who are my parents. I don't know. I think I'm an orphan.”

Black Moby Dick & 9 Untitled runs through June 9 and is on view at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B, New York City). There will be a reception for the artist Friday May 12, 6-8 pm.

Posted by Mark Roth at 02:18 AM

May 01, 2017

March and April's Acrylic Palettes

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Posted by Mark Roth at 02:36 AM

March 25, 2017

2017 Drawings at Adjacent To Life

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Tinsquo's curatorial project, Adjacent To Life, presents 2017 Drawings by Anselm Dästner.

East Village artist Anselm Dästner perambulates and paints, capturing and rearranging neighborhood landmarks and events that speak to his role as an observer of the urban fabric and a father in that context.

He states:

“I have always been drawing while traveling, and while my daughter was a baby I found myself walking around the Lower East Side with a baby sling. In it she was taking afternoon naps and I continued drawing the street corners that we passed. At night I would continue to color the drawings with watercolor and acrylics.”

2017 Drawings runs through April 30 and is on view at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B, New York City).

Posted by Mark Roth at 03:26 AM

March 01, 2017

January and February's Acrylic Palettes

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Posted by Mark Roth at 12:06 AM

February 18, 2017

Birds and Babes at Adjacent To Life

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Tinsquo's curatorial project, Adjacent To Life, presents Birds and Babes: The Curation and Collection of Jhovana Samano.

Jhovana Samano’s artistry resides in her aesthetic and cultural appreciation. She is an archivist and champion for marginalized and archaic modes of expression and design.

Scouring thrift shops, street markets and Ebay she rescues objects of uncanny beauty or strangeness, delving deep into the various mediums that at any given time fascinate her: needlepoint, silhouettes, paint-by-numbers, pin-ups, velvet paintings, figure drawings, skeleton keys, mid-century serving platters and cut glass.

As an ecosystem of objects, she thinks in terms of groups and likes to have things match. “Things have to get along,” she states. The impulse derives from an assertive sense of inclusion and indicates the progressive thrust underpinning her project – as she says, she endeavors to “go out of my way to mix and match patterns because it proves they can get along together.” Her work verifies that difference and chaos can harmonize.

Birds and Babes: The Curation and Collection of Jhovana Samano runs through March 24 and is on view at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B, New York City).

Posted by Mark Roth at 12:54 PM