Alex Hubbard "Homemade Readymades"
Opening reception: Friday 6 October, 8-10 p.m.
Eleni Koroneou Gallery is pleased to announce the third exhibition of LA-based artist Alex Hubbard, titled Homemade Readymades. Hubbard is presenting a series of seven new works, continuing his experimentation with various industrial materials and expanding his painterly vocabulary into different media.
The first group of works consists of five paintings that are created through the enlargement of ink renderings, their transferal to linen panels, and the application of poured and painted urethane and fiberglass; an operation which alternates the works orientation from the floor to an upright position. The use of vibrant colors and curved lines is characteristic in his works, composing painting-fields with irregular shapes that emphasize the density of the color that shifts on the canvas.
The second group of works in the show is urethane impressions of wood carved reliefs. The found woodcarvings, which resemble artisanal signage, are enlarged, reproduced and then pressed into a shallow basin of urethane. Afterwards the works are mounted in brass-coated frames, constructed in such a way that they extend from the wall, highlighting their transparency and sculptural dimension.
Alex Hubbard often combines painting with performance and video, creating an interdependent relationship between these different media, the one acting as a starting point for the other. His paintings can be described as a continuous exploration of the notions of structure, composition, mass, color and depth of the images he creates.
Alex Hubbard (b. 1975, Newport, Oregon) completed his education at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. Solo exhibitions include “Like a virgin, touched for the thirty-first time”, STANDARD (Oslo), Oslo, Norway (2016); “Basic Perversions”, Maccarone, Los Angeles (2015); “Urethane Paintings”, Eva Pressenhuber Gallery, Zurich (2014); Galerie Neu, Berlin (2014); “Magical Ramón and The Five Bar Blues”, Maccarone, New York (2013) and “Alex Hubbard, Hammer Projects”, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2012). Other group exhibitions include “Single-Channel Catalyst: Alex Hubbard’s ‘Eat Your Friends’ and Selections from the Collection”, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC (2016); “America is hard to see”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); “Chat Jet”, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria (2013); “Under Destruction”, Curated by Chris Sharp and Gianni Jetzer, Swiss Institute, New York (2011); “2010 – The Whitney Biennial”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; “Greater New York”, PS1 MoMA, New York (2010); “Death Never Sleeps”, The Kitchen, New York (2010); “Bingo, wait a minute”, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2009).