123 Coffey St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
For immediate release
Brooklyn, Oct. 13, 2011
Gallery 123 is pleased to announce “GREATEST HITS (and misses)”, an exhibition of paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Robert Wallace, October 16 through December 15, 2011. Closing party to be held Friday, December 9 from 6P to 10P.
This is a broad survey of Wallace’s paintings covering more than a decade. Originally from Los Angeles, he first arrived in New York in 1995. Though he studied fine art at the University of Southern California, most of his painting had been done with aerosol on the streets of LA until he moved to the Big Apple. Abandoning graffiti completely, he began working on small canvases in a completely new mixed media style, inspired both by his new surroundings and other artists he was beginning to meet.
The city, and in particular urban decay, has long informed Wallace’s work, and one can see that in even his earliest paintings. From his deconstructed-Pop series “Heroes” in the late 90s through to his more recent cartographic abstractions, there is an underlying feeling of the tension and madness of city life. The thick layers of collaged elements and paint, like the city, seem to be just a rain shower away from peeling and crumbling into a heap.
This is the first time many of these paintings have been shown. Wallace has always flown a little under the radar, focusing on the art rather than the business of art, so this is indeed a rare chance to see the work of this talented painter.
Gallery 123 is a pop-up exhibition space in the historic water front district of Red Hook. It was conceived specifically for this exhibition and will disappear at the end of its run.
For more information on the artist or gallery: firstname.lastname@example.org.