A meditation on the virtues of what I believe to be our surest path towards progress – the middle ground – the show is a call to end the radicalized, polarizing tenor of our times.
As we continue to learn and develop with technology into a more- and more-frictionless, fully-distributed, socially-responsible society, may we quiet our ‘cultural mood swings’ and still our ever-swinging political pendulum.
May we learn from our histories; may we find our center.
A preview of new directions and extensions of existing streams, presented by HG Contemporary in New York, solid introduces a series of bone-toned paintings informed by Japan’s Gutai School, extends reflections on tech and communications media, and presents new sculptures and commission sketches.
A touring exhibition presented by Singapore’s UltraSuperNew and HG Contemporary partly in response to the US-North-Korean ‘strongman summit’ in July of 2018, the Young Americans Tour presented a mix of works from the Market Makers, pixelated fabric, fit and rise shows, and introduced a seventh stream of work, the film/motion/video work, with a collaborative piece by Jan, Muhammad Ibnunordin, and Shivram Gopinath of UltraSuperNew.
A street-savvy show presented by HG Contemporary in New York, fit extends the streams of work introduced in Market Makers and pixelated fabric, and introduces a sixth series: the ‘word-works.’
rise extends streams of work introduced in the Market Makers debut, and expands the colorfield work introduced in pixelated fabric into his first large-scale Color Field compositions.
Composed in the run-up and aftermath of the 2016 US election, pixelated fabric reflects on the role that social media played in that result, and the polarized civil discourse in the US that has followed.
Jan’s debut, 15 years in the making and presented by HG Contemporary, Market Makers introduced his first four streams of work: (1) media-referential compositions, (2) posed photographic/graphic mash-ups under plexiglass, (3) abstract works in traditional media, and (4) cast sculptures.