Songs from a Room

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Self-Portrait (F1) , 2011 Oil On Burlap On Canvas 18 × 14 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Devening Projects + Editions
Songs from a Room

3039 West Carroll
Chicago, IL 60612
January 29th, 2012 - March 3rd, 2012
Opening: January 29th, 2012 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Sat 12-6; by appointment


Released in 1969, Songs from a Room was Leonard Cohen's seminal second album; it's also the title of New York-based artist Joshua Abelow's first solo exhibition at devening projects + editions. Cohen's release set the stage for a long career as a poet, lyrcist and vocalist with a sound and attitude that was spare and circumscribe. Like the songs on this ablum, Abelow's paintings have a similar quality of efficiency and use a melodic thread as the foundation for cutting subject matter. At the root of Abelow's modestly scaled paintings is a prodigious, career-long reconsideration of Modernist idioms. Filtered through a lens of wry self-deprecation, these tough canvases are produced with highly specific chromatic systems and suggest a historical reverence to artists as diverse as William Copley, Francis Picabia and Rene Magritte (particularly works from his Vache period). We are very pleased to show Joshua's work at this important time in his career; please join us for the opening on Sunday, January 29 from 4 - 7 pm.

(b. 1976) Joshua Abelow has been exhibiting in the United States, Europe, and Canada since the early 2000s. As active a blogger as he is prolific a painter, Abelow has had solo shows in New York at James Fuentes LLC, in Toronto at Tomorrow Gallery; he’ll will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition at Sorry We’re Closed in Brussels, Belgium and a three-person projects at Horton Gallery in Berlin.

During the summer of 2011 Abelow oversaw a series of curatorial projects at “ART BLOG ART BLOG” a gallery space he conceived in the Chelsea studio of his friend and former employer Ross Bleckner. In the fall of 2011, he published a memoir “Painter’s Journal” about his adventures as a burgeoning young artist in New York City in the late 1990s. Abelow will be featured in a solo presentation with James Fuentes at the inaugural Frieze, New York, in May of 2012.

Abelow earned his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998, and his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2008. He has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vermont), the Banff Center (Alberta, Canada), and at Takt Kunstprojectraum (Berlin, Germany). Represented by the James Fuentes Gallery in New York City, you can find Abelow’s blog online at ART BLOG ART BLOG.

On the occasion of his exhibition, devening editions has published Songs from a Room, a new print by Joshua Abelow. Measuring 22 x 16 inches, Songs from a Room is a archival pigment print and silkscreen, limited to 20 impressions (+ 2 APs) and sells for $125.