Studio Visit with Judith SupineJuxtapoz // Thursday, 31 Mar 2011
Our NYC correspondent, Brock Fetch, stopped by the Brooklyn studio of Judith Supine on the eve of Supine opening his newest solo show, Lady Boy, at New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles. The "collagist of the psychedelic and surreal" will be showcasing more than twenty canvases and large-scale woodcut sculptures up to fourteen feet high.
We can all remember Supine creating noise in the street art world when he hung one of his signature collaged characters over the Manhattan Bridge. That was definitely a highlight of the street art world in 2007, and we featured the artist in the magazine shortly thereafter in July 2008.
And now, to the gallery. As you can see from the studio shots, the collage element in Supine's work comes true to form. There is a bit of controlled chaos, stream of consciousness to the environment. This studio atmosphere has transferd itself to New Image and the Lady Boy exhibition.
Supine has transformed the entire gallery into a personal installation space, covering every inch of floor, wall and ceiling with silk-screened wallpaper, his signature fluorescent colors and dreamlike narratives. LADYBOY references the “genderqueer”. Supine describes the title’s significance as “the marriage of opposites in one person — comparable to the technique of collage, combining seemingly disparate images to reveal something that wasn’t previously apparent”. An intimate encounter by the artist with a ladyboy in Bangkok served as the stimulus for this exhibition.
All photos of Brock Fetch.
From the Press Release:
Brooklyn-based Judith Supine uses his hyperactive imagination to merge images of people, pornography and design elements. He describes his materials as “free or at least really cheap”: X-Acto knife, glue sticks, low-cost paint, thrown-out books, and magazines — whether sourced from the trash, the public library, the dentist’s office, or bankrupt porn shops. Figures with disproportionate features are created, revealing a developed technique and distinct style—gritty and sophisticated. Supine is widely recognized for his art in the streets for both the pieces themselves and their exceptional placement. “He bursts out onto the streets on a completely different level”, says gallery director Marsea Goldberg.
April 13—May 13, 2011
New Image Art Gallery
Los Angeles, California