July 15, 2017

Landscapes at Adjacent To Life

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Tinsquo's curatorial project, Adjacent To Life, presents Landscapes: Paintings by Mubarak Nasser Al-Thani.

Mubarak Nasser Al-Thani is a Doha-born Qatari painter. For the last few years he has resided in New York City while he completed an MA in Urban Planning at NYU.

Inspired by cities, skylines, horizons, people and their interaction, Mubarak was first introduced to the American landscape via the Roadrunner cartoons. Ever since, the country – its people and landscape – has suffused his imagination.

During his tenure in the U.S., he made efforts to explore, taking road trips to visit iconic locations and to delve into the expanse of the land. In some ways, he became an aficionado of the best aspects of America, an enthralled enthusiast, especially appreciating “the balance between the vastness and emptiness and its crowdedness.” He states, “I think America is under appreciated in terms of its beauty … and it’s diverse as %$@#!”

The paintings in this exhibit are, what might be thought of as, personalized distillations of American icons. In their graphic attentiveness and focus on brilliant, carefully-calibrated color combinations, the works are reflective of his ongoing formal concerns and predilections. In this way, he contributes an individualized vision to images collectively valued, thereby enacting a hard-won and, at times, besieged American ideal.

Landscapes: Paintings by Mubarak Nasser Al-Thani runs through August 18 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 11:00 PM

July 01, 2017

May and June's Acrylic Palettes

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Posted by Mark Roth at 12:16 AM

June 29, 2017

Pop Stoppage Series: profile_#305

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 12:02 PM

June 28, 2017

Speleothems: mirthless_#22

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acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 12:21 PM

June 12, 2017

Coffee and the Weather Report at Adjacent To Life

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In recognition of the protean creativity of younger artistic contributors, Tinsquo’s curatorial project Adjacent To Life is pleased to present Coffee and the Weather Report: Painting and Collage by Pre-K Emerging Artists. The artists are all students at New York’s PS 15M.

Coffee and the Weather Report: Painting and Collage by Pre-K Emerging Artists runs through July 14 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 04:18 PM

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