April 15th, 2012
On May 1st, Jay Batlle will present a group of his restaurant stationery drawings and debut a sculpture titled “No Beginner’s Luck" for Nyehaus' new garden project space.
At the opening Batlle will roast a thousand oysters as a work titled "Please Help Yourself." It will be a Southern style oyster roast, with all the accoutrements.
Available at the opening will be the artist's 90-page color catalog Free Lunch, produced but the Museum of Fine Art Santiago Chile, with an interview by David Coggins.
Press and CV
JAY BATLLE's 'Epicurean Paintings, Drawings, and Sculptures' take the habits of the gourmet as a source of inspiration and social commentary.
Batlle belongs to a generation of American artists who have responded to the precepts of minimalism and conceptualism. These artists aim to recreate the image and the social process in art, providing a channel for imaginary and everyday experience and forcing academic conventions to confront mass culture. The artist asks: What is the true meaning of art, getting to the top of the social economic ladder or having enough to eat?
Born in the USA in 1976, Batlle has a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA and a fellowship from de Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the U.S., Germany, France, Dubai, Holland, Italy, Chile, and Britain.
His work has appeared in New York at Exit Art, The Chelsea Museum of Art, and The Dorsky Gallery, at the Ausstellungshalle Zeitgenössische Kunst in Münster Germany, and at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago de Chile.