For immediate release and listing:
Inside the Outside
June 5 – July 1, 2010
Opening reception: Saturday, June 5, 6–9 PM
New York, NY April 27, 2010 -- Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present Inside the Outside, an exhibition of
new paintings and works on paper by the Southern California artist Greg Simkins. This is Simkins’ second
solo show with the gallery.
A fantasist at heart, Simkins alternates between the unsettling and the sentimental—in his finely rendered
work, the grotesque can turn sweet and vice versa. Fanged caterpillars become sad-eyed clowns, grow
machine parts, or inflate into bulbous balloons that sprout other bizarre creatures and beings. Simkins’ vision
weaves together influences as diverse as contemporary pop culture, twentieth-century fantasy novels, old
master paintings, carnival kitsch, and cyborgian amalgams of technology and nature. With Inside the Outside,
inspired by his recent travels in Hawaii, Simkins approaches a new dimension of fantasy—a desire to break
down boundaries found in the natural world.
In these 10 acrylic paintings and 20 ink and graphite on paper works, the artist harnesses his appetite for
fantasy to challenge the rigid, seemingly arbitrary rules of nature. Whereas taxonomy categorizes the
biological world into evolutionary branches, and physics dictates who swims, crawls, and flies, Simkins’ art
allows the artist to transcend these limitations to propose a new dimension. He conceives this body of work
as reaching “outside” a conventional understanding of the world into a pictorial space of imaginative
inquiry—in other words, the native realm of the fantasist.
The almost fantastical beauty and variety of Hawaii’s natural environment is concentrated into works like
A Branch in the Water, an acrylic-on-canvas painting where jellyfish possess the anatomy of roses and hibiscus
and perch in coexistence with iridescent-feathered birds and hybrid insects of the imagination. Other works
evoke the meandering, fluid quality of undersea environments where forms and textures interpenetrate with
greater ease—here, Simkins is inspired by tropical fish and coral reefs, though never literally. In another
painting, The Welcoming Party, for example, the artist introduces deer, geese, and even upholstered furniture
into this environmental mash-up. There is something tantalizing and seductive in these extra-natural
introductions between wildly diverse species, an “eco-fantasy” that clearly brings great pleasure to the artist
even if existing only on canvas.
Born in 1975 in Torrance, California, Greg Simkins received a BA in Studio Art from California State University
of Long Beach. Selected solo exhibitions of his work include: The Pearl Thief, Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight,
Los Angeles (2009); It Wanders East, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York (2008). His work has been featured in the
following selected group exhibitions: Sons of Baby Tattooville, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA (2009);
Locked & Loaded, Joshua Liner Gallery (2008); KNOW Show, Mark Murphy Design (Art Basel Miami Beach, 2007);
Bergamont Invasion II, Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica (2006).
Joshua Liner Gallery, located in New York City’s Chelsea Arts district, presents an exciting roster of established
and emerging artists from North America, Asia, and Europe.
For more information, please visit www.joshualinergallery.com, or contact Tim Strazza at 212.244.7415 or