Michael Chandler and Charlie Rubin
March 1 - 22, 2018
Opening: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
John Doe is pleased to present Slow Motion, featuring works by Michael Chandler and Charlie Rubin, on view from March 1 to 22, 2018. The exhibition showcases the work of two artists from two different generations who divergently deliver meditative, vivid abstractions. Chandler makes visceral paintings founded in nature but informed by the rhythm of the city and Rubin twists the routine by reshaping his pictures in form, context and presentation.
Rubin’s images explore the artifice of place, and the post-Instagram void. In this series, rather than seeking out the exceptional moment, he creates it, altering images by adding layers, physically and digitally, on top of his photographs. The lines are blurred between what is natural and unreal, what is ordinary and extraordinary—and as such, everyday settings trip, creating fantasy-like, subverted, observations.
The precise and thoughtful construction of Chandler’s densely worked canvases employ a dark and luminous use of color with brushstrokes that echo movements of the human body. Energy, emotion and chance all play a role in his mark-making. Chandler's paintings have been characterized as the representation of a beginning: perhaps the origin of this world, or the beginning of the next. It is almost as if everything were moving to create a new natural world, a primeval explosion which gradually orders itself into a new form of nature.
Michael Chandler began showing his art in 1972. His work has been shown in Milan, London, Munich, Seoul, Rio de Janeiro, in Rome with the Transavantgarde, and in New York at P.S.1, the Drawing Center, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Salvatore Ala Gallery, and most recently at Valentine Gallery in Ridgewood, Queens. Chandler lives and works in New York City.
Born in the Bronx, Charlie Rubin was the recipient of the Foam Talent Award from the Foam Museum in Amsterdam in 2013 and subsequently released the book Strange Paradise (published by Conveyor Arts in 2014). In 2015, Rubin held his first solo exhibition, Intervention, in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited internationally and his photographs have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vice, Cultured, and Bloomberg Businessweek. His work can be seen in collections at the MoMA library and the Henry Art Museum in Seattle. Rubin attended Haverford College and received his MFA from the Parsons New School for Design in 2012. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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A special thanks to Ozymandias Wines for the sponsorship on the opening night