Referring to J.D. Salinger’s 1961 novel Franny and Zooey, the title points to a tension between embodiment and transcendence. We can’t escape the reality of our desires, proclivities, and hankerings, and to ignore them is to waste our time “in this goddam phenomenal world” (F&Z, p. 167).
The paintings borrow from architectural and ornamental references such as altars, theater sets, and stages, all spaces that frame specific actions and actors, suggesting an interest in performativity, whether ritual or theatrical.
With a practice formerly concerned with figuration, Kleberg’s recent work offers the absence of any depicted actor. Pregnant spaces and the presence of the hand imply the possibility of the figure, and, by extension, implicate the viewer in their own embodiment. The insistent framing in all of the work, and the sculptural elements of some reiterate that the paintings, themselves, are objects or bodies in space. Bright colors and repetitive marks have the hum of the rhapsodic, but the wonkiness evokes something decidedly human.
Brand New Gallery is delighted to present Josh Reames’ solo exhibition “Wet & Wild”.
In “Wet & Wild” Josh Reames presents a new series of paintings which employ commonly used artistic techniques, such as trompe-l’oeil, action painting, graphic design and rudimentary drawing, all existing on one plane.
The artworks by Josh Reames consider abstraction and painting in relation to the internet and digital image searches via Google Image and Tumblr.
Reames’ conceptual framework functions as a kind of filtration device for cultural by-product and its attending relativism, literally flattening disparate images and references and thereby removing their hierarchy. In this evanescence, a compendium of signs, text and symbols (emoji, letters, text, and numbers—doubling as marks, sprayed or squeezed), objects (cigarettes, fried eggs, bombs, tennis balls), and cultural icons (Gumby, female breasts) are all flattened to the same-level composition.
“One thing that I am really interested in is the way that the Internet—browsing, blog rolling, etc.—takes away the hierarchy of image importance, meaning, and connection. (…) I think about painting in a similar way, where images, marks, art historical references, and everyday objects are all depicted on the same level, contained in the same rectangle, emerging out of one painting and into another.”
(b. 1985, Dallas,TX) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Josh Reames received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA at the University of North Texas.
Recent solo exhibitions include Josh Reames & José Lerma, Luis de Jesus (Los Angeles, 2016); Poise in the noise, Josh Lilley (London, 2015); CO-ED (with Amber Renaye), Oliver Francis Gallery (Dallas, TX).
Group shows include: Surreal, Koenig Gallery (Berlin, 2016); Imagine, Brand New Gallery (Milan, 2016); Roberto Paradise (San Juan, 2016); Continuous Surfaces, Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York, 2015); The Negative Hand, Anonymous Gallery (Mexico City, 2015); HA HA! Business, Luis de Jesus (Los Angeles, 2015); Baudrillard’s America, Andrew Rafacz Gallery (Chicago, 2015); Five, LVL3 (Chicago, 2015); 2159 Miles, All Around Art & Brand New Gallery (San Juan, 2015).
Platform China Contemporary Art Institute is pleased to present Tong Kunniao’s solo exhibition “Dreaming an Earth” on 17th April, the show will be run until May 22th. This will be the gallery’s second solo exhibition of the artist’s work.
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