GALLERY 2: Joshua Abelow, ABELOW SCHABELOW

GALLERY 2: Joshua Abelow, ABELOW SCHABELOW

dancing man "nk" by joshua abelow

Joshua Abelow

Dancing Man "NK", 2012

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dancing man (fmm) by joshua abelow

Joshua Abelow

Dancing Man (FMM), 2012

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dancing man "fv" by joshua abelow

Joshua Abelow

Dancing Man "FV", 2012

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dancing man (f25) by joshua abelow

Joshua Abelow

Dancing Man (F25), 2012

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call me abstract by joshua abelow

Joshua Abelow

CALL ME ABSTRACT, 2011

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call me abstract by joshua abelow

Joshua Abelow

CALL ME ABSTRACT, 2011

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call me abstract fnxx by joshua abelow

Joshua Abelow

Call Me Abstract FNXX, 2012

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call me abstract f1 by joshua abelow

Joshua Abelow

Call Me Abstract F1, 2011

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yes=no #23 by joshua abelow

Joshua Abelow

Yes=No #23, 2008

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buy me by joshua abelow

Joshua Abelow

BUY ME, 2008

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deeper deeper (#3) by joshua abelow

Joshua Abelow

DEEPER DEEPER (#3), 2008

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hang me by joshua abelow

Joshua Abelow

HANG ME, 2012

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Thursday, November 22, 2012Saturday, December 22, 2012


Milan, Italy

JOSHUA ABELOW
ABELOW SCHMABELOW

November 22, 2012 – December 22, 2012
Opening: November 22, 2012 | 6.30 pm - 9.00 pm

Brand New Gallery is delighted to present the first Italian solo-show by the American artist Joshua Abelow. Abelow’s work is a disciplined exploration of the meaning of existence. Vacillating between abstraction and representation, his works become an autobiographical, critical and self-referential exercise filtrated through irony. His production conjugates painting and drawing, two distinct, yet interrelated disciplines. Through the use of color and rigorous geometric compositions, the artist develops a process of self-constriction. His small and apparently spontaneous canvases conceal a methodic construction, which follows schematic rules on the possible combinations of colors, that Abelow marks on a notebook before reporting them on the back of the canvas. The mentioned structure becomes the unavoidable starting point of his works, carried out gradually, in multiple phases.
In antithesis to this rigorous practice, the author unleashes himself through his drawings, characterized by simplicity and immediacy. Diminishing the role of the artist-genius, Abelow jots down crazy scribbles all in one go. The sense of freedom released by his sketches is revealed through the caustic representations that present a mocking autobiographical figure. Fascinated by the paradox and influenced by the philosophical concept of the absurdity of existence, the artist denies logical communication and abandons himself to nonsense, repetitive and limited dialogues.

Joshua Abelow was born in 1976 in Frederick, Maryland. After having obtained a bachelor in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, in 2008 Abelow achieved an MA at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in New Jersey, where he won the Merit Scholarship Award. In 2007 he was invited to participate to the Actual Size Biennial of Detroit as well as having been included in artist residencies such as the Berlin Takt Kunstprojektraum in 2008. His work has been exhibited in internationally renowned galleries and museums including All in the Family, a group show at the Islip Art Museum of New York. James Fuentes devoted him the entire stand at the last edition of Frieze New York. Not to be overlooked is Abelow's activity as writer and blogger. Art Blog Art Blog, updated on an almost daily basis, offers a meticulously curated selection of artwork and images, links and texts, which reflect today’s contemporary art scenario.

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JOSHUA ABELOW
ABELOW SCHMABELOW

22 novembre – 22 dicembre 2012
Opening: 22 novembre | 18.30-21.00

Brand New Gallery è lieta di presentare la prima mostra personale italiana dell’artista americano Joshua Abelow. Il lavoro di Abelow è un’esplorazione disciplinata del senso della vita. In bilico tra il figurativo e l’astratto, le sue opere sono un esercizio autobiografico critico e referenziale filtrato attraverso l’ironia. La sua produzione coniuga la pittura e il disegno, vissuti come due discipline distinte, eppure strettamente correlate. Attraverso il colore e la rigida composizione geometrica, l’artista mette a punto un processo di autocostrizione. Le sue piccole tele, apparentemente spontanee, nascondono una costruzione metodica che segue delle regole schematiche, riguardanti le possibili combinazioni di colore, appuntate da Abelow su di un taccuino e poi riportate sul retro del dipinto. Questa impostazione diventa il punto di partenza imprescindibile per le sue opere, portate a termine lentamente in più passaggi scanditi da attese. In antitesi a questa pratica rigorosa, l’autore si scatena attraverso i suoi disegni, da cui traspaiono semplicità e immediatezza. Sminuendo il ruolo dell’artista-genio, Abelow realizza scarabocchi impazziti di getto senza mai staccare la matita dal foglio. Dai suoi schizzi emerge un senso di libertà come si può intuire dal tono caustico delle rappresentazioni in cui spesso compare un personaggio beffardo e autobiografico. Affascinato dal paradosso e influenzato dal concetto filosofico dell’assurdità dell’esistenza, l’artista rifiuta un linguaggio logico consequenziale e si abbandona a dialoghi senza senso, ripetitivi e serrati.

Joshua Abelow nasce nel 1976 a Frederick, Maryland. Dopo aver conseguito una laurea in Pittura presso il Rhode Island School of Design di Providence, nel 2008 ottiene un master al Cranbrook Academy of Art nel New Jersey, dove viene premiato con il Merit Scholarship Award. Nel 2007 è invitato a partecipare alla Actual Size Biennial di Detroit ed è stato incluso in alcune residenze tra cui la Takt Kunstprojektraum di Berlino nel 2008. Il suo lavoro è stato esposto in importanti gallerie di fama internazionale e mostre museali tra cui All in the Family, una collettiva presso l’Islip Art Museum di New York. James Fuentes gli ha dedicato un intero stand all’ultima edizione di Frieze New York. Da non dimenticare l’attività di Abelow come scrittore e blogger fondatore di Art Blog Art Blog, aggiornato quotidianamente con immagini, link e testi che riflettono il panorama attuale dell’arte contemporanea. Attualmente vive e lavora a Brooklyn, New York.