Garis & 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, Impossibles 3, 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.

Colin 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.  

Through 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.

The 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. 
 
Untitled (Politics)

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 Lisa Messinger.

In 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.

The 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.  

The 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.
 
Office Party
 
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 audience.

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263 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

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