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January 17 - March 6, 2017

Marc Hundley: "Circus of Sour"

Circus of Sour,
Holds shows every hour,
The lion is eating the bars, hey the bars.
I was erected,
The poor man is expected
To climb to the stars
Balanced just on one knee.
Look out your window and see,
Look out your window and see.
The clown chases spotlights,
The bear faces hot lights
Pelted with peanuts and coke, hey the coke.
— Donovan, 1965

“Growing up in Canada, I’d heard Donovan through my parents a bit, but not too much,” says Marc Hundley (b. 1971). “I remember his song ‘Mellow Yellow’ from a butter commercial. But it was really only after moving to New York and buying a record player, collecting vinyl, that I got into him. Later, along with a friend and my twin brother, we became members of Donovan’s fan club. He was really generous and very sweet. I’ve always wanted to be like Donovan; it’s intelligent and brave to be thoughtful and kind.”

This exhibition borrows its title from the eccentric Scottish folk star, as expressed through Hundley’s signature poster-style works. Other pieces pay homage to Judy Collins, Vashti Bunyan, Lotte Lenya, and George Orwell’s Animal Farm; an additional large-scale work appropriates a classic 1915 image of Wall Street shot by Paul Strand. When showing in traditional galleries, Hundley often tries to interrupt the ways in which his work is experienced—bringing handmade furniture into the white cube, for instance, in order to make the viewer more comfortable. “Circus of Sour” builds on that impulse by taking advantage of the domestic space in Brooklyn to stage an unconventional show for these unconventional times.

November 2 - December 11, 2016

Peter Halley & Tracy Thomason

Teen Party opens with a cross-generational survey pairing painters Peter Halley (b. 1953) and Tracy Thomason (b. 1984). Both artists work within their own tightly controlled formal vocabularies. Halley has, for decades, continued to develop his iconic grids and cells—“a reminder of the apartment house, the hospital bed, the school desk”—exploiting the nubby, readymade potentials of consumer-grade paint additives. Thomason achieves a similarly textural surface by adding marble dust to oil pigment, and exploring a gestural language indebted to notions of the body, language, and punctuation marks.

The artists’ joint outing will pair Thomason’s mid-sized canvases with a new site-specific wall installation by Halley, who will also present a large Day-Glo canvas from 1981. Let us celebrate Roll-a-Tex and marble dust! Let us ponder the sinuous curve, the unyielding cell, the topography of surfaces begging to be palpated! (But don’t. Really, don’t.)

Tracy Thomason and Peter Halley's work installed at Teen Party Gallery