Newman Popiashvili Gallery is pleased to present Jesturing, a group exhibition of six artists. Working in various media, these artists all share a whimsical, playful approach to art making that is deeply rooted in art history-both in process and aesthetic. The underlying theme of transient visual animation is often apparent through their work.
Anton Henning's work frequently includes mixing and sampling of other artists, with humor and self-awareness that does not conform to contemporary expectations or fashions.The contradictions, oppositions and discrepancies reveal both the absurdist and traditional veins in his paintings. His its scope and variety, can be interpreted as a series of related riddles.
Tamara K. E.'s paintings are emotionally moving and unusually carefree with titles like We Do Not Have to Worry About the Thieves. These pastel colored oil paintings have sparse compositions that include clowns, animals and flowers all inhabiting a single space. The artist has described the assemblage of discordant images as a moment when the wind picks up the immobile debris from the ground, granting the discarded objects a momentary re-animation and visual appeal - "jester" as fool, derives from the Latin "follis," meaning "bag of wind."
Using similar language Anna K. E. assembles her sculptures from discarded materials. Before bringing them to life Anne K. E. draws her imaginary architecture/sculptures, playing with dichotomies. Referencing the utopian notions in architecture, and art historical masterpieces, she builds light and whimsical structures, infusing them with painterly qualities.
Florian Meisenberg's works are filled with light absurdities, cartoonish characters, and whimsical objects crowded in the center of the painting. Meisenberg is often identified as a painter who is fully conscious of the specific material conditions of his medium. He does not only play with the classic parameters of canvas, brush, and paint, but also brings the digital equivalent of the paintbrush to the canvas, by painting computer cursors and icons, thus displaying art in all the 'artificiality' that is inherent to it at the beginning of the 21st century.
Nicholas Buffon relates the practice of painting to drawing through the use of white and green pigments on unprimed canvas. Dominated by the patchwork of shapes that vary in the density of white applied, he builds the network of lines that are simply the canvas peaking through. He emphases the play of foreground, background, line and space over the dynamic field of the painting.
Bryan Zanisnik's photographs of carefully constructed tableaux incorporate highly personal as well as found objects, suggest both order and disorder, and contain absolute meaning and no meaning at the same time. His still-lives evoke domestic spaces and flea markets, dealing with familial history and physical archives. Zanisnik's world is fascinating with its innate logic and endless detail that makes each of his work into a kunst kamera.
Nicholas Buffon, b. 1987, lives and works in Seattle. He has received an MFA from Bard's Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. His work was included in the 2010 Art on Paper Biennial at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensborough, NC. He is represented by Callicoon Fine Arts.
Anton Henning was born in 1964 and lives and works in Hanken, Germany. His work was recently the focus of solo exhibitions at Gemeente Museum, Den Haag; S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst Ghent, Arp Museum, Remagen; Museum fur Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt; Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld and MARTa Herford. He is represented by Zach Feuer Gallery in New York.
Anna K.E. was born in 1986 in Georgia and graduated in 2010 as a master student at the Art Academy in Dusseldorf with Prof. Georg Herold and Prof. Christopher Williams. Her first solo gallery exhibition at Fige von Rosen gallery was reviewed in Artforum.
Tamara K.E. Was born in Georgia and now lives and works in New York.
Florian Misenberg was born 1980 in Berlin and has studied at at the Art Academy in Dusseldorf with Peter Doig. He now lives and works in New York City.
Bryan Zanisnik (b. 1979, Union, NJ) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received an MFA from Hunter College. He has shown at Sean Horton Gallery, at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, PS1/MoMA, and Artists Space; and in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Photography.