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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Garis & Hahn presents: Colin Kilian, Samuel Stabler and Kyle Kouri Opening September 5th (NYC)
Hahn is pleased to present three simultaneous solo exhibitions
for September 2014 at the Lower East Side gallery: Colin Kilian: Paintings, Sculptures, and Drawings will feature 15 new mixed media works upstairs, Untitled (Politics), downstairs, will feature new works by Samuel Stabler from his Old Masters series, with an accompanying full color book, and Kyle Kouri will show 3 new works on paper in Office Party,
installed in the gallery's bathroom. The gallery (263 Bowery, New York,
NY 10002) will host an opening reception for the artists on September 5th, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. There will be a book release party for Samuel Stabler at the gallery on September 7th, from 2:00 to 6:00 PM.
Colin Kilian: Paintings, Sculptures, and Drawings
Colin Kilian, Impossibles3, 2014, Oil on canvas, 36 x 54 inches
A solo exhibition featuring new work by Colin Kilan Exhibition Dates: September 5th – October 4th, 2014 Opening Reception: September 5th | 7-9 PM
Garis & Hahn is pleased to present Colin Kilian: Paintings, Sculptures, and Drawings,
Colin Kilian’s largest solo exhibition in NYC, featuring a series of 15
new paintings, drawings and sculptures. Bound by their all-encompassing
displays of movement, spirituality and fluid consciousness, Kilian’s
works transcend their chosen mediums of oil on canvas, pastel on paper
and mixed-media sculpture.
Kilian’s work communicates in a language comprised of kinetic energy
and insight. Spending half the year in Bali, and the other half in
Puerto Rico, Kilian’s pieces deliver thriving revelations that come to
fruition via the virtues of living and working in transit. In a series
titled “Impossibles,” Kilian’s paintings preoccupy themselves with
articulating the mesmerizing grace of motion. The muted palette of
black, white and gray serving as the foundation of “Impossibles 2,”
“Impossibles 3” and “Impossibles 6” is intensified not only by accents
and flares of bright red and blue and but also by volatile gestures of
direction and movement. His sharply detailed sculptures, orchestrated on
an approachable, human scale, encourage a mindfulness of space and the
viewer’s place within it, even if the genesis and aspirations behind the
pieces are inherently cryptic.
the physicality of surfing and the spirituality of neo meditative
practices, Kilian has dedicated himself and his work to the spontaneous
exploration of motion, the imagination and the dizzying stratospheres of
the unconscious. His paintings, drawings and sculptures reflect a self
inextricably connected to process, seeking an existential oneness via
ambition, urgency and a startling technical prowess. Their composition
is a seemingly effortless extension of understanding awakened through
embracing and navigating that which is ultimately unpredictable, much
like his time spent discovering nature and surfing the beaches of Bali.
subtlety and sense of action, both internally and externally,
facilitate a caliber of engagement with Kilian’s work that exceeds any
reductive constraint applied through labels of abstraction or otherwise.
There is an evolution at work that refuses to remain complacent with
any one objective -- Kilian is not working toward a final product, but,
rather, surrendering to instinct and translating the mysteries that seek
an impossible voice. Each piece is a constant happening in which the
viewer, faced with intriguing complexity, succumbs to a wave of
phenomena and form, thereby channeling a heightened awareness that is
all at once therapeutic and mystifying.
About Colin Kilian Colin
Kilian, b. Washington, D.C. 1980, attended the Pratt Institute and
graduated with a Bachelor’s in Industrial Design in 2003. He has widely
exhibited in New York and his work has been commissioned by the Cedar
Lake Contemporary Ballet, New York. Kilian travels and has recently
lived and worked in Bali and Puerto Rico.
Samuel Stabler, Untitled (Politics), 2014, Acrylic on paper,40 1/4 x 60 inches
A solo exhibition featuring new work by Samuel Stabler Exhibition Dates: September 5th – October 4th, 2014 Opening Reception: September 5th | 7-9 PM Book Release Party: September 7th | 2-6 PM
Garis & Hahn is pleased to present Untitled (Politics), a
solo exhibition featuring four new works from Samuel Stabler and his
ongoing Old Masters series. In conjunction with the exhibition, Garis
& Hahn will be publishing an 80-page, full-color hardcover book
titled “Samuel Stabler Old Masters.” The book, edited by Max Teicher and
designed by Eli Rosenbloom, will feature a catalog essay on Stabler’s
work and approach, written by former Metropolitan Museum of Art Curator
this second exhibition with Garis & Hahn, Stabler will present four
new acrylic on paper works from his Old Masters series, a repertoire of
appropriated, recontextualized images that began in a sketchbook in
2009 by way of a fascination with art history, the conveniences and
mysteries of the digital age, and the precarious, consumer-driven
intersection of the two. Using a highlighter as a primary material and
the Internet as his primary source, Stabler visits and reawakens classic
pieces that have been firmly cemented in art history, and by doctoring
their visual language, vocabulary and focus, he reinvigorates the
stagnating conversation between us and the past, as well as politically
subverts the feigned grandiosity of the originals. These works are the
largest dimensions Stabler has utilized for the series (measuring at 40 x
60”), and they feature a color palette of subtle pale shading that
extends beyond the gradations of neon that have since become a staple.
In Untitled (Politics),
Stabler addresses the underlying mundanity of the historic moments that
famous Academic paintings of the Neoclassical and Romantic eras
insisted on glorifying. Stabler presents these momentous events, from
the signing of the Declaration of Independence and meetings in
Parliament, to counsels with Caesar, void of their symbolic weight,
rendering the literal actions of these moments as insufferably boring,
like the ceaseless, mind-numbing scroll of headlines at the bottom of
cable news shows.
reproductions, while “faithful,” are imbued with verve and an
inexplicable newness, which is attributed, at least partially, to the
vibrant color palette and modern design principles that serve as their
foundation. More than merely collage, this striking series is the
triumph of a process that could only be facilitated via the
technological advances and instantaneous transmission of information
that comprise today’s age. Google, and the screens that both alter and
define our perceptions, offered significant insights and constraints to
the principles behind this daring project.
heart of each of these images lies in how they expose and capitalize on
the emptiness behind the aggrandized gestures and flourishes of the Old
Masters. Furthering this diffusive ideology, Stabler’s works will be
displayed in the downstairs level of Garis & Hahn, in a space that
naturally encourages intimacy and discovery.
About Samuel Stabler Samuel
Stabler graduated with a BFA in Drawing from the University of Georgia
in 2007 then continued to get his MFA at St. Martin’s School of Art and
Design in 2010. Over the past five years, he has shown nationally and
internationally in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
New works by Kyle Kouri Exhibition Dates: September 5th – October 4th, 2014 Opening Reception: September 5th | 7-9 PM
Garis & Hahn is pleased to present a third, most unorthodox show, Kyle Kouri Office Party.
The three new works on paper, installed inside the gallery's bathroom,
offer visitors a private place for serious contemplation in a gallery
space often overlooked.
About Garis & Hahn Garis
& Hahn is a gallery-cum-Kunsthalle that mounts exhibitions focused
on conceptual narratives and relevant conversations in contemporary art.
By displaying an array of carefully curated artists, the gallery
endeavors to provide accessibility, education, awareness, and a market
to the art while engaging both the arts community and a broader general
Location Garis & Hahn 263 Bowery New York, NY 10002