A solo exhibition by John Copeland
OPENING: FRIDAY MAY 02. 2014. TIME: 17.00 - 22.00
EXHIBITION PERIOD MAY 03 – MAY 31. 2014.
V1 Gallery proudly presents Electric a solo exhibition by John Copeland consisting of 19 new paintings,
a series of modifications on vintage magazines and 2 bronze sculptures. Vibrant, fragmented, tense, sexy, humorous, urgent, bold, violent, voyeuristic, engaging - the new work
jolts you as you enter the gallery.
Each of the paintings vibrates between figuration and abstraction, composition and collapse, a struggle
amplified by the many layers of visual information and oil paint. Copelandʼs painting style is both
extremely precise and seemingly nonchalant, engaging a painterly tradition of abstract and neoexpressionism.
The new works are jabbed, stabbed and slashed with paint. Executed with an energy
that remains embedded in the final work. As you contemplate the paintings, itʼs easy to lose yourself in
them, to get lost in an abstract corner of greens and reds or a nude figure, until you get the uneasy
feeling that you are being watched. Like shattered mirrors, the paintings reflect and distort. In
Copelandʼs work, it is always an active exchange and negotiation between the viewer and the work.
An ominous looking pile of bronze axes rests on a wood log in the work “If You Wanʼt Good Friends,
Theyʼre Gonna Cost You”. A work that resonates the mood of the exhibition, all things come at a cost,
this work comes out of hard work and dedication. The works in the exhibition did not come easy, you
sense this in every work, a rare earnest feeling that stays with you. The sculpture works as entry and
exit to Electric.
John Copeland born 1976, USA, lives and works in New York. Copeland has recently held solo
exhibitions with Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy and Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He
has participated in numerous curated exhibitions; Bad Painting in Leipzig (Spinerei), Wonder Works –
Master Works from Private Danish Collections (KUNSTEN museum of Modern Art, Aalborg), Hell
Raisers, Switzerland (Galerie Lange + Pult), Summer Reading and Chicken or Beef, New York (The
Hole). He is prominently featured in the new book Walk The Line. The Art of Drawing available from
publisher Laurence King. Electric is John Copelandʼs third solo exhibition with V1 Gallery. A book on
Copelandʼs work will be available this summer.