"Direct Address" Group Show @ Joshua Liner, NYCJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013
Joshua Liner Gallery has moved spots in NYC to a street-level, 2,600-square-foot exhibition space located at 540 West 28th Street in the Chelsea Arts District. To kick off the opening of the new space, the gallery will open a group show, Direct Address, this Thursday March 21 with a great roster of former Juxtapoz cover artists and features, as well as some new talent that we look forward to checking out. Swoon, Steve "ESPO" Powers, David Ellis, Evan Hecox, and Jean-Pierre Roy are just a few names in the show....
From the Gallery:
To celebrate this milestone move, the gallery is pleased to present Direct Address, an inaugural group exhibition featuring works in diverse media by longtime gallery figures as well as new additions to the program. Participants include the following artists:
Alfred Steiner, Clayton Brothers, Cleon Peterson, Dave Kinsey, David Ellis, Evan Hecox, Greg Lamarche, Ian Francis (below), Jean-Pierre Roy, Kris Kuksi, Oliver Vernon, Pema Rinzin, Richard Colman (above), Riusuke Fukahori, Shawn Barber, Stephen Powers, SWOON, Tiffany Bozic, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Tony Curanaj.
Direct Address makes full use of the gallery’s 500+ square feet of added space and 15-foot ceilings. Graphic design, typography, digital imagery, and assorted printing techniques variously inform works in painting, mixed media, and collage by the Clayton Brothers, Evan Hecox, Greg Lamarche, and SWOON. Allusions to cartoons, cultural icons, and the collective unconscious turn up in watercolor-on-paper works by Alfred Steiner, as well as in Cleon Peterson’s stylized depictions of mass violence. Working in enamel on aluminum, sign-painter-turned-artist Stephen Powers combines image and word in a new selection of his visual aphorisms, or Daily Metaltations.
The gallery’s concentration in contemporary painting is well represented with abstract works by Dave Kinsey, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Oliver Vernon, as well as Pema Rinzin’s contemporary interpretations of Buddhist devotional imagery. Other painters present figurative works, such as the tattoo portraits of Shawn Barber, naturalist studies of Tiffany Bozic, meticulous still-lifes of Tony Curanaj, atmospheric figure groupings by Ian Francis, and dystopian cityscapes by Jean-Pierre Roy. A mural-size, multi-panel painting by the San Francisco artist Richard Colman will be installed on one of the gallery’s 25-foot column-free walls. This wildly patterned and colorful work was originally displayed in the Gagosian Beverly Hills restroom in 2012 as part of a special curated series.
Sculptural works round out Direct Address: Margulies Collection artist David Ellis will present All That Glitters, a kinetic sound sculpture “chandelier,” the first in a series to be exhibited at Joshua Liner Gallery next fall. Gallery regular Kris Kuksi will present, a lavish mixed-media assemblage referencing ancient and modern historical periods. And Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori will show a selection of micro-layered acrylic paintings that read illusionistically as solid objects.
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 21 from 6-8pm
March 21—April 21, 2013
Joshua Liner Gallery