Angles Gallery is pleased to present its second exhibition of works by Jonathan Seliger. The exhibition will be on view in Gallery 2 from September 11th, through October 23rd. A public reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, September 18th, from 6 to 8 PM.
Jonathan Seliger takes the malleable, disposable glossy bags that have come to symbolize the highest echelons of consumer culture and re-creates them, "the hard way," out of the most classic and long lasting sculptural medium of all time, bronze. The resulting monolithic sculptural works evoke the history of tromp l'oeil painting, while also humorously mocking the phobia of the 'counterfeit' that is shared by the fashion industry and the art world, alike. In a recent mishap, Seliger's sculptures were detained by Japanese customs officials, who literally mistook the work for counterfeit merchandise-- the clarification that ensued delayed the exhibition by several months!
Like all of Seliger's work, these sculptures are intended to be accessible-- emerging from a pop cultural influence, the visual ties to Warhol are ever present. But unlike Warhol's Brillo boxes, which are presented with a tinge of irony, Seliger's sculptures are not meant to be ironic, at least outright. Always wry and playful, one can not help but notice the cleverly positioned title: The Hard Way nods to the enduring materiality of the bronze medium, while winking back at the consumerist's lifestyle associated with his subject matter, which is exactly not the hard way.
Jonathan Seliger has exhibited nationally and internationally, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT, the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY, among others. Seliger's public collections include the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, the Panza Collection, Magasin 3, the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, and the Walker Art Center. His work is currently on view in the Lucca Center for Contemporary Art's "State of Mind: Minimal Art/ Panza Collection, in Italy, and will be included in the upcoming "Thrice upon a time," at the Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall.