Sharper Image

Present Company

254 Johnson Avenue, New York

May 12 - June 18, 2017

Present Company culminates the 2017 season with Sharper Image, an assembly of works that reveal the incendiary nature of actions, confrontation, and resistance through pictorial strategies and a variation of graphic tendencies.

Andy Mister and Matthew Deleget base their respective works on the cause and effect of foreign and domestic warfare, by either painstakingly rendering or physically exploding through pristine surfaces. Seemingly comedic deliveries are laced with sinister themes in the work of Emily Mae Smith and Milton Melvin Croissant III, while Andrew Brischler cuts deep into the nostalgia of popular culture with the attitude of a sideways glance in his text-based works. 

Christopher Rivera uses the symbol of okupa, which in certain parts of Latin America means “to occupy,” to highlight the political friction between the development and makeshift survival in shantytowns. Rico Gatson’s paintings of sculptural spaces fitted with asphalt pathways read as a wide format coat-of-arms woven into forms suggestive of typographic structures. Repetition and questioning authenticity are two themes central to the logic behind Adam Henry’s paintings, in this case with the real thing and rendered object walking in lockstep.

The pulsating horizon of water becomes a double-sided sword in Dina Kelberman’s work, acting as a spectrum of opposites from a fun day at the beach to being swept away in a flash flood or other water-related catastrophes. Adams Puryear collects moments of free-form web-surfing, and time-lapse recordings packed into the subconscious vessel of his wall-based sculpture. Wendy White pulls no punches when it comes to the critique of hyper-masculinity by building up and obscuring surfaces piled high with text, grimy architecture, and man-cave bling adorning the front of her large-scale canvases. 

While these artists ideas and materials make for a visual arsenal that is active and potent, the common thread is that the work moves beyond the pale, always lurking beneath the pictorial surface.

Adam Henry, Adams Puryear, Andrew Brischler, Andy Mister, Christopher Rivera, Dina Kelberman, Emily Mae Smith, Matthew Deleget, Milton Melvin Croissant III, Rico Gatson, Wendy White