After two solo shows stateside in 2016 and 2017, Josh Sperling is kicking off the new year with a big Parisian debut at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin. Chasing Rainbows will be a major international debut for the American artist, consisting of shaped canvases and plywood panels, a series of monochrome canvas reliefs and a large-scale installation.
Sperling built his career with offbeat assemblages that blur the line between painting and sculpture, image and object. Working almost exclusively with acrylic paint on custom stretched canvas and plywood, Sperling creates dynamic clusters of brightly colored forms interacting together and forming abstract compositions. After utilizing mostly geo-based shapes and solid colors in his earlier works, the new pieces seem to be shifting towards non-symmetrical, organic shapes and textured paint, opening new possibilities for interaction and layout of the elements.
Accenting the interaction and overlapping of objects and shapes, these pieces feel more compact and stable, while still evoke the feel of captured motion. This dynamic is further extended by his custom canvas stretching technique which adds a sculptural note to otherwise super flat elements. Influenced by Frank Stella and his shaped canvases, Ellsworth Kelly's hard-edge shapes and Keith Haring’s motion lines, but also the Memphis furniture trend or Googie architecture, Sperling is constructing peculiar artwork that is challenging both aesthetically and production-wise. —Sasha Bogojev
Photo credit by Farzad Owrang / Courtesy Perrotin