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Josée Bienvenu Gallery is pleased to present Running to S tand Still\, an exhibition of new works by Ken Solomon. Amassing unique information in the form of algorithms\, iPhones\, iPads and computer scree ns\, Solomon’s latest work documents a personal pilgrimage\, a poignant sel f-portrait through screens on paper. Instant information is processed into long\, slow\, self-revealing watercolors.

Running to Stand Still – from the eponymous U2 song – is an intimate peek deep inside th e ears of the artist by way of Pandora\, a popular algorithm-driven applica tion that automatically curates a listener’s playlist. The installation is comprised of 100 iPhone size watercolor paintings that unite to form an ove rarching and uncomfortably close up listen of one man’s stalled musical cur iosity in the mid 1990’s\, when his interest in pop music screeches to a ha lt.  In fossilizing 6 hours of greatest-hits music from a bygone century\,  Running to Stand Still tracks the universally moving and self-deprec ating journey of a middle-aged white American man transitioning from vibran t\, curious youth to midlife.  Solomon exudes a childlike sense of playful optimism by curating the top songs of his youth into a mixtape of colors\, lines and memories.  Unlike Pandora’s random design\, Solomon revisits his long gone musical passion by linking each song\, each delicately painted al bum cover\, through their titles. The last word of one song title is the fi rst word of the next – Start me Up/Up to No Good/Good Day Sunshine/Shine a Light/Light it up – until ultimately powering off. Running to Sta nd Still portrays the lifespan of an iPhone from full battery power to empty – an eyewitness as technology dies off in slow\, predictable ways – b ut with the ability to always be recharged and reborn\, just like us.

Looking Down from Above brings up unanswered questions about death and the afterlife. Sixty individual panels\, each the size of an iPa d screen\, show a bird’s-eye view of the colored rectangular container fiel ds in Newark via Google Earth. It translates the literal into the abstract\ , the banality of cars\, industrial equipment\, and pavement into the unkno wn. The work includes discreet private annotations\; the time on top of the screen reads 12:22\, battery power 43% – the dates of the artist’s mother’ s birthday who passed away 12 years ago. The piece conveys the idea of bein g watched from up high as a mechanism to cope with grief. The same imagery  morphs into a large scale painting in Google Portrait – mondrian - Page 1.  Newark from above leads to Mondrian's early work\, and into his lat er works. Private annotations through open tabs infiltrate the search. Solo mon weaves his work into that of a master he admires and connects with in t he way his brain processes mathematic sequences into visual shapes and colo rs.

Google Portrait – hard day's night\, a painting of a search window minimizing in a genie effect\, and Lunch Break\, a 3 0 min walk through DUMBO\, a physical folded map\, based on a Google Map wa lk\, both examine the rituals of daily life and routine\, each day virtuall y the same\, back and forth from the studio\, the same song repeated over a nd over\, with subtle shifts that make it unique. Lastly\, My Apps\,  is a comprehensive self-portrait through the surrogate DNA of 64 apps.

Born in Washington DC\, Ken Solomon lives and works in Brooklyn\, NY. Selected exhibitions include: The Changing Art of Portraiture\, Zimmer li Art Museum\, New Brunswick\, NJ\; Art²\, FLAG Art Foundation\, New York\ , NY\; False Documents and Other Illustrations\, Portland Museum of Art\, O R\; Size Does Matter\, Curated by Shaquille O’Neal\, FLAG Art Foundation\, New York\, NY\; WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha\, Curated by Lisa Dennison\, FLAG Art Foundation\, New York\, NY (traveled to the Alb right Knox Art Gallery\, Buffalo\, NY) (2009/2008)\; Warehouse Gallery\, Sy racuse University\, NY\, Point of Contact Gallery\, Syracuse University\, N Y (2009)\; New Perspectives in Latin American Art\, Museum of Modern Art (M oMA)\, New York\, NY.

DTEND:20130525 DTSTAMP:20140728T070532 DTSTART:20130418 GEO:40.7464825;-74.0069332 LOCATION:Josee Bienvenu Gallery\,529 West 20th St \nNew York\, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Running to Stand Still\, Ken Solomon UID:270430 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR