ELBOW-TOE: Liner Notes
October 17 – November 2
October 18, 2014
6 pm – 9 pm
R.Jampol Project(s) will present an exhibition of work by artist Brian Adam Douglas also known as ELBOW-TOE. The exhibition “Liner Notes” is curated by curator Amy Young and will be on view from Friday, October 17 – Sunday, November 2, 2014. A reception for the artist will be held, Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 6 – 9 pm.
“I have always found the subway to be one of the most private places in the city. In a town that is always on the move, the trains provide a brief reprieve from the hustle and bustle on the surface.”
The subway is a place where one can collectively let their guard down and for ELBOW-TOE a platform to explore psychological drawing. He uses time on the train to push form, using distortion and exaggeration to reveal the inner character sensed in the person sitting directly across from him. ELBOW-TOE finds that working in such an intimate space requires a huge amount of focus for the pen to flow and that this vulnerability allows greater empathy for the subject that he will draw.
The artist labels drawing as an act of sincerity, and to carry the intimacy of a sketchbook out into the open, with all its foibles is in fact refreshing. It was this sentiment that prompted him to begin translating these drawings onto doors around the city. “Liner Notes” presents sketchbooks that span from early in his street art career to present day alongside objects that serve as architectural surfaces for renditions of some of these studies and musings. A catalog will be released in conjunction with the opening featuring the words of Hrag Vartanian that reflects the survey of work presented.
Raised in Texas and a graduate of School of Visual Arts in New York, Brian Adam Douglas is a Brooklyn based multidisciplinary artist whose practice ranges from monumental woodcuts to stencils and large scale drawings to collage. Douglas has gained international recognition for his street art which he executes under the moniker ELBOW-TOE. His improvisational roots that he developed working in the streets have carried over into his gallery work — densely packed, cryptic figurative works made entirely of paper.
ELBOW-TOE’s solo show “Due Date” exhibited first at the Warrington Museum in the UK and then moved to Black Rat Projects in London. In 2011 Drago published the catalogue “Paper Cuts” about Douglas’ work and practice. In September of 2013 the artist presented his critically acclaimed show, “How To Disappear Completely” at Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York City.
Curator Amy L. Young, an artist, is a lecturer of Art History at City College of New York. She was a director at Robert Miller Gallery, NY from 1998-2013.
Hrag Vartanian is cofounder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, the world’s leading forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today. He writes and lectures regularly about contemporary art, performance, multiculturalism, politics, the internet, literature, and visual culture.
R.Jampol Project(s) will present a special project by collaborating artists Nanook, Mata Ruda and Lunar New Year in the lower level exhibition space. The exhibition “Deracination” will be on view from Friday, October 17 – Sunday, December 12, 2014. A reception for the artist will be held, Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 6 – 9 pm.
Deracination (Deracinate [dih-ras-uh-neyt] to pull up by the roots; uproot; extirpate; eradicate, to isolate or alienate (a person) from a native or customary culture or environment.) refers to the coerced movement of a person or persons away from their home or home region. It often connotes violent coercion, and is used interchangeably with the terms “displacement” or forced displacement. – Wikipedia.
“Deraci_Nation” is a site specific installation that serves as a memorial to the unknown victims of forced migration, displacement and oppression throughout the history of the United States.
Drawing connections between recent events such as the mass exodus of Central American migrant children crossing the US border, the continued wars on drugs and the poor by established structures of power and the historical oppression of Native American populations, “Deraci_Nation” creates a social space of reflection and inquiry through a collection of sculpture, paintings, screenings and objects guided by the artist’s lived experiences, travels, investigative research, and creative collaborations over the last few years. Full schedule of events and partnerships to follow.
Nanook grew up in Massachusetts, he graduated with a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. Nanook creates work in public spaces throughout the world. His work can most recently be seen in Mexico City in association with Mammut Creatividad, the Navajo Nation for The Painted Desert Project, Cleveland for Collinwood Arts District, Atlanta for Living Walls Conference, and Buenos Aires for Meeting of Styles.
Mata Ruda is an artist who primarily creates public work that questions borders and challenges boundaries. His murals attempt to define the numerous faces of the contemporary American experience by using its landscape as a setting to explore themes such as displacement, idealism, disillusion, and dignity. He was born in San Jose, Costa Rica to a Colombian-American mother, and a Costa Rican-German father. He grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and came to the United States in 2000 when he was 11 years old and graduated with a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012.
Lunar New Year is an artist and interloper defined by borders and hybridity. His artwork and murals question politics, injustice and crosscultural public identity by making visible the stories that are often left invisible to the environments they inhabit. His iconography spans a wide combination of mythology, portraits and secular signifiers. LNY is also an educator, curator and public speaker for such projects as Young New Yorkers in Brooklyn, Yollocalli Arts Reach in Chicago and City Without Walls in Newark. He was raised in the space between his Ecuadorian birthplace and his North American adoptive homeland of New Jersey, currently living and working in Newark as well as worldwide.