Museum 52 is delighted to present ‘There’s a better way to spend the afternoon’, a group show
exploring new avenues in current painting practice. Each artist, using differing vocabulary, presents a
view into the abstract, and abstracted, use of the painted form.
Jacob Robichaux works with materials, processes, and ideas related to our earliest forms of
knowledge and experience. He is interested in the implications of engaging abstract formal and
conceptual strategies to represent and experience the self through the world. Colour plays a
prominent role in his works on canvas, where the painted grounds create optical tension between
sculptural elements and the two-dimensional picture surface.
Jacob Robichaux (b.1979) has exhibited to critical acclaim in Circumventing the City, D’Amelio Terras,
New York 2008, and In Defense of Ardor, Bellwether Gallery, New York, in 2007. He has also
exhibited at The North Dakota Museum of Art and has performed The Magic Cube at artist Allison
Smith’s The Muster.
Stefan Sandner believes abstract painting cannot be made within a bubble, unconscious and
unaware of precedents, the individual and the transience that exists within the hierarchy of visual
material. He explores painting as a language, turning abstract text and form into a symbol,
pointing to painting’s ability to present an abstraction ‘after Abstraction’.
Recent solo shows for Sandner (b.1968) include the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck,
2008m Art Statements, Art Basel Switzerland, 2008, Museum 52, London, 2007 and Grita Insam
Gallery, Vienna, 2007. In 2006 he had a major solo show at the Vienna Secession. MUMOK, Vienna
and The DAAD Foundation recently acquired his work for their collections. He will have solo shows
next year in Los Angeles, Frankfurt and London.
Fascinated by “the vagueness of exact forms”, Esther Stocker’s work oscillates between the
exactitudes of formal minimalism and the ambiguities of abstraction. In her abstract paintings
Stocker unravels the internal logic of seemingly rational structures, using only grey, white and black.
By exposing the inherent ambiguities of seemingly regular patterns, Stocker undermines the
confidence in the rationality of structures and questions paintings ability to envelope all dimensions.
Esther Stocker (b.1974) has exhibited to much international acclaim, with recent solo and group
shows including MUMOK: Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna 2008, ‘Abstract Thought is a Warm
Puppy’, CCNOA Brussels '08, ART SHEFFIELD 08: ‘Yes, No, Other Options’, Galerie Krobath
Wimmer, 2008, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck 2006.
Jelena Trivic’s work is concerned with the texture and surface of abstract composition, consistently
prioritizing the materials used. Whilst manifestly abstract, Trivic describes her references as being
“to cry in all colours, the books of Robert Walser, giraffes, Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, the more beautiful
sister, Ottfried Preussler’s Krabat, Dandys, failure ... ”. She takes these and activates seemingly
arbitrary forms through the use of rudimentary geometric shapes and a set of varied elements; rich
lacquer, raw canvas, layered household paint and in several works, the folded and layered canvas
itself, creating multilayered abstractions, steeped within a language of a spare and abject
formalism. Trivic (b.1980) is a graduate of both the Meisterschule Wolfgang Tillmans and the
Stadelschule Frankfurt/Main. Recent exhibitions include Der Boxer, Frankfurter Literaturhaus,
Frankfurt/Main 2008, Hit the Road Jack, Absolventenausstellung, StadelMuseum, Frankfurt/Main
2007, Tension, Sex, Despair, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna 2007, and Kolnshow2, Galerie Fieback &
Minninger with Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Koln 2007.
In conjunction with this exhibition we will also be presenting, in the Project Space, a series of new
paintings by artist Shara Hughes.